Devon’s Star Wars Timepiece Is an Elegant Watch for a More Civilized Age

De rigueur for those on the dark side of the force, the Devon Star Wars watch certainly appears to come from a galaxy far, far away—but then again, it was designed for Darth Vader’s wrist. Commissioned by Lucasfilm, Devon, a Los Angeles–based design lab, worked in conjunction with an aerospace company for the materials to create the stellar stainless-steel watch, which features 350 individual parts, 313 electrical contacts, and four motors.

As dark as the lord of the Sith himself, the watch’s rectangular case is finished in a black diamond-like carbon coating and flanked by two TIE Fighter wings. The lug screws resemble jet turbine intakes and feature the same silver point accents as on Vader’s helmet. The futuristic watch face includes a hexagonal dial with TIE Fighter–inspired detailing. And the crown is even embossed with the imperial crest of the Galactic Empire.

Visible below the floating dial is Devon’s proprietary movement. An innovative mix of steampunk meets Skywalker, the hybrid mechanism is an electro-mechanical marvel. Four 2-micron-thick, numeral-bearing nylon belts—the same as those found in the gauges of older 747 aircraft—crisscross the watch and indicate hours, minutes, and seconds through the dial’s display windows. Driving the action, a lithium-ion battery powers four micro-step motors (whose covers are red and green to match the instrument panel on Vader’s ship) that are controlled by a central processing unit. All of this happens under the protection of the watch’s scratch-resistant, polycarbonate crystal designed to withstand a bullet (or a shot from Han’s blaster).

“Lucasfilm contacted me 10 months ago about the project, as they were aware of our movement and its aerospace-based technology,” says Devon’s founder and creative director Scott Devon. “A big fan of the films, I knew the watch would have to be designed with Darth Vader in mind since he is one of the most iconic characters in film history.”

Ahead of the December 16 release date for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, Devon’s first pieces will be available beginning this month at a price of $28,500 each. Only 500 examples of the watch will be made over the course of the next two years, however, so why wait? It is your destiny. (devonworks.com)

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