Star Wars fever is back this year, as later in 2015, the popular science fiction movie franchise sees its seventh film with Star Wars: The Force Awakens. We recently learned that Nixon from California will be producing some exclusive Star Wars watches, and it is no secret that many modern, avant-garde luxury watches were inspired by story universes such as Star Wars and Star Trek. To that end, we wanted to see what it might be like to have Star Wars watches produced by some of the more popular and “mainstream” luxury Swiss watch makers – which is the subject of this installment of “Watch What-If.”
Once again, the art and concepts are by Niklas Bergenstjerna – who worked with us to create these five fantasy Star Wars watches by Swiss watch brands you know. The idea is that the characters who inspired these watches might very likely actually wear them (if either were to exist). I hope that these fit into the almost religious “Star Wars canon.” Here are words directly from Mr. Bergenstjerna:
Omega Jedi-Master Watch: Yoda
Above, you’ll find a minimalistic classic watch for Jedi Master Yoda, that is ceramic and made to last for a very long time. No fuss, just the time in the Jedi-Master watches. Less is more. Though, an additional digital ”wood-cord-watch” is useful when leaving Dagobah for other places in the universe. The crest of the Jedi Council and Yoda’s personal crest are on the dial, and there is a classic Yoda quote on the bezel.
Brands have been experimenting with the world of e-commerce in various ways like limited editions for sale online just – such as this Panerai Luminor Submersible Automatic Acciaio PAM731 “E-Commerce Micro-Edition,” for example. Chairman of this luxury brand holding band Richemont (that possesses Panerai) Johann Rupert lately also hinted at further such actions in the near future with announcement which, going forward, “a prime area of focus will be fitting supply with end customer demand. “E-commerce is hard for established luxury watch brands not since they are stubbornly stuck in some past century when clockwork was cutting-edge technology, but because they’re heavily invested – fiscally, and in relation to the carefully curated images – in a sales and distribution system that’s being undercut by third-party online sales. The slow move toward e-commerce in addition to lowering costs can be regarded as a response to a couple of years of falling profits, however they are steps we’ve long contended for on aBlogtoWatch.Omega’s new e-commerce is not some individual site or perhaps section, and rather the brand’s US site (omegawatches.com/en-us/) will now have “Add To Basket” buttons and the ability to proceed to checkout… the common online shopping experience we’ve come to know and love, with free shipping, familiar forms of payment, etc.. The Omega Seamaster Planet Ocean “Michael Phelps” Limited Edition watch for your American athlete is being offered exclusively online within promoting the statement. If you are outside of the United States, you will see that the disclaimer: “Please be aware that shipping is limited to USA addresses only. To buy an OMEGA watch beyond the USA, please locate your nearest boutique using our store locator. “As someone who has been closely watching the company activities of Omega for the last few decades, their move into e-commerce (restricted to the USA for the time being, or otherwise) does not surprise me. Omega may not be first into the game, but they correctly understood that a more controlled supply for watches is among the key matters the luxury watch business wants so as to return economic equilibrium.
Bell & Ross Death & Star Pocket Watch – Darth Vader
Classic timepiece for an elderly villain, so Darth Vader gets a pocket watch. The watch has a Force detector, just in case your own abilities should fail. Design is inspired by the Death Star.
Hublot Big Bang Bounty Hunter – Boba Fett
A bold digital daily beater for the bounty hunter in need of keeping deadlines. Boba Fett would approve. The symbols in the center and the upper left corner are from Boba Fett’s armor: a Mandalorian crest and skull.
Blancpain Naboo Watch – Queen Amidala
Queen Amidala’s make-up was the inspiration for the overall white design with details in red. The Naboo royal crest is in the center of the dial, along with details in lace.
Zenith Star Pilot Parsec – Han Solo
A transparent Zenith “modern” pilot watch with a Han Solo quote. Parsec meter subsidiary dial is for racing, and no need for a crown, since it’s adjusted by touch on the right side of the case. Large asteroid crater dial and Rebel Alliance strap.
Niklas Bergenstjerna is a freelance graphic designer and watch lover based in the south of Sweden. niklex.com