Watches

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Fans of John Carpenter’s Escape from New York may get the chance to own a replica version of the watch worn by Snake Plissken in the film. The Ridgewood Watch Company is now gathering funds to make the watch a reality, though this version will have some notable upgrades over the one seen in the film.

The Lifeclock One is a fully licensed reboot of that watch but with a twist — it’s a countdown timer of course, but it also tells the time, date and much more. Best of all — it pairs with your iOS or Android device to give you all of the alerts for all of the cool phone functions that Snake would have killed for — push notifications from your favorite apps as well as incoming call and text message alerts. You also get step counting, weather, world clocks, camera control, stopwatch and much more.

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If you’re a Super Mario Bros. fan that is both punctual and prosperous, then this watch by Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome might be for you.

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Jerome will only make 85 of these Mario-themed watches, and they’ll be available this month during the “World Watch Fair” at the main Nihonbashi Mitsukoshi store in Tokyo. As for the price, expect to drop ¥2,700,000—which is roughly $27,000. [click to continue…]

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Inkwell’s new line of watches feature an array of unique designs for tattoo lovers. In fact, the watches utilize an “exclusive printing technology similar to an actual tattoo with its natural depth of lines and shapes”. The designs are also the work of professional tattoo artists.

However, they need your help to make them a reality.

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Gashapon vending machines in Japan will be getting a Sailor Moon infusion in July with these transformation brooch watches and communicator compact combinations.

Based on the design of Sailor Moon’s brooch (each of the Scouts has their own version of the style), each includes a mirror and removable clock—so the brooch can easily become a compact. However, the Sailor Uranus and Neptune designs come without clocks and utilize a chain instead of a band.

At just 400 Yen a piece (US$3.55), it won’t cost a fortune to try and collect them all. I’m sure they’ll pop up on eBay or the Gashapon site at some point as well.

However you get your hands on one, they’re super cute.

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Swiss watchmaker Hautlence decided that a wristwatch doesn’t have to be a watch at all – it can be a $12,000 analog game.

Their new Playground Labyrinth allows wearers to navigate a tiny 18k gold ball around a maze by moving your wrist and making you look like your arm is having an uncontrollable spasm. The goal is to get the ball to fall into a hole on the face, at which point it will disappear into the game’s inner mechanism. By turning the crown dial on the side, it will magically re-emerge in a second hole at the beginning of the maze.

Although the device doesn’t include any provision for telling the time, it’s probably unnecessary, since those who can afford the massive price tag probably have schedules that consist of kicking back and rolling in money.

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If you’re like me, you probably don’t understand why people need fancy, expensive watches like Rolexes. I mean, it’s a watch. It tells time. Who needs to spend $5k on that?

At least, that’s how I felt before I saw this gorgeous Captain Phasma watch by Hong Kong-based watchmaker Memorigin.

Limited to just 200 pieces and priced at $5500, the face is designed to invoke our favorite chrome-plated First Order Captain in all her glory. It has 12 black diamonds as the hour markers, a black-and-red leather strap, and the back is made of sapphire crystal glass so you can see the inner workings of this beauty.

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If you’re a diehard Sailor Moon fan, you may be interested to hear that Japanese company WIRED f has created a special edition Sailor Moon watch to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the beloved anime.

Limited to only 5000 pieces, this watch has a face designed to look like the Crystal Star compact and features a delicate crescent moon on the end of the second hand. The band comes in pink gold metal or white weather-proof leather and the back is engraved with the 20th anniversary logo and edition number.

As a special treat, it also includes a message from Usagi’s Japanese voice actress, Kotono Mitsuishi:

”To those of you who, as a little girl, wanted to grow up to be a Sailor Scout: Close your eyes and remember. That warmth pulsing through you is from your very own silver crystal, born within your heart! Now, let’s transform together with the crystal star watch! Moon crystal power, make up!!”

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The Seiko Giugiaro 7A28-7000 is going to be reissued for a limited run, so now you can accessorize like everyone’s favorite xenomorph-busting heroine for a fairly affordable price.

The watch had a futuristic look thanks to car designer Giorgetto Giugiaroto, which made it perfect for the 1986 film Aliens. It features a distinctive panel with large chronograph buttons on one side.

After noticing that Ripley wore the watch in the film, fans jumped at the opportunity to snag one. An original watch–Seiko initially launched the line in 1983–can still be purchased online from collectors on eBay, usually for a grand or so (though the watches are rarely in mint condition).

The company plans on releasing two new versions of the classic watch: the Seiko Spirit Smart SCED037 (black version) and the SCED035 (grey version). The new watch isn’t exactly like the old 7A28-7000 however. The SCED035 (gray) doesn’t have the crown, and it’s missing a button on the left side of the case. Still, it will be priced at a more reasonable $260 to $290.

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Disney Imagineer Terri Hardin along with Silicon Valley inventor Frank Cohen have created a whimsical collection of vintage pocket watches that glow in brilliant colors. Starling pocket watches are available in six intricate designs with a calming light show that illuminates the time:

“These remarkable time pieces are the tangible embodiment of intangible concepts. They illuminate with your touch, the Chillovean lights dance about as if to whisper the secrets it holds to its owner. Chillovean lights feature multitudes of different random color arrangements, more than you can see in a lifetime. This beautiful piece of fantasy jewelry is a wonderful family heirloom and an amazing unique gift”

The pocket watch collection is also part of a six chapter fantasy story that follows three time traveling characters as they unlock great powers with each timepiece. When you register on the Starling website, a new chapter is sent every week, beautifully illustrated in bas relief sculptures.

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Props aside, this officially licensed TIE Fighter-inspired watch from Devon might be the most frivolous and expensive bit of Star Wars merch we’ve ever seen. Sure it’s nearly 30 grand, but hey—they’re throwing in a pair of cufflinks for free. Hot damn!

Features include:

-316L stainless steel
-True black diamond-like coating
-Scratch-resistant polycarbonate lens with bulletproof durability
-Numbered 1-500 on back plate
-Four interwoven 2-micron thin nylon time belts
-Lubricant-free ruby bearings
-Four micro-step motors
-Multiple high-tech optical recognition cells
-Temperature-compensated crystal
-Onboard microprocessor
-313 electrical contacts
-Lithium-polymer rechargeable cell
-Powered for two weeks on one charge
-Recharge wirelessly through inductive charging tower

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