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.
Bell & Ross Death & Star Pocket Watch – Darth Vader
It’s, in my opinion, a fantastic success in balancing various design components and themes in addition to boldness and wearability. “Balance” is a word which I kept returning to when considering different facets of this Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver. The result is a sound, refined dive watch with a look and personality quite unlike any other that I know of, and it is just plain interesting to wear.No matter how great, gratifying, or first a new watches are, a really “iconic” version is something most watch brands will never be able to convincingly claim — from its very nature the term can be correctly appropriate to only a limited variety of watches. I attempt to avoid even using the word, but I believe many watch fans will agree that Bell & Ross’ square-cased, aviation-themed watches dependent on the dashboard instruments of old planes will qualify. The plan is closely correlated with and suspended in aviation, but Bell & Ross has branched out to lots of different genres or styles with the square case as the base. While the Bell & Ross BR 03-92 Diver might get lost among so many other variations on the theme, taken alone it is successful as a persuasive dive watch.
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