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Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

Not so long ago, in a galaxy just around the corner, Nixon released a new wave of Star Wars watches in anticipation of the upcoming installment of the world famous franchise. Today, we announce the release of another Star Wars-inspired watch from another American brand: watches from Devon Works are already well-known in the horological community for a pioneering time-telling mechanism that uses printed belts instead of hands to indicate the passing hours, minutes, and seconds. With the “Star Wars by Devon” co-branded luxury timepiece, the Los Angeles-based design team have rained on their Californian neighbors’ parade. This is essentially a revised version of the famed Devon Tread 1 (that aBlogtoWatch debuted here in 2010 and reviewed here) made in partnership with Disney and Lucasfilm for Star Wars and, of course, debuted today on “Force Friday.”

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

Okay, so maybe it is unfair to compare Nixon’s efforts with those of Devon. For one thing, the prices couldn’t be further apart. The Devon Star Wars watch is 76 times as expensive as the Nixon watches (which retail at $375) – but it is very, very cool. If you were enamored with the Devon Tread 1 watch, then this intergalactic offering will certainly tickle your fancy – especially if you have a soft spot for Darth Vader or the Empire (or the dark side). If you love Star Wars, you will probably think this watch is cooler than the scene in which we see the back of Anakin Skywalker’s scarred head before the helmet clips back into place and Darth Vader swivels to face the camera…

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

Talking of Darth Vader, the Devon Star Wars watch has been entirely based on him and his surrounding effects from the film. Obviously, we are used to seeing watches “inspired” by this or that, but rarely do we see a watch that levers so much of its muse into such a small space with such authority and gusto. Almost every design cue Darth Vader could have conjured has been heeded in the architecture of this watch. Does it look busy? Yes, it looks like all the bits from the famous trash compactor scene decided to form a dance troupe. But does it work? You’re damn right it does.

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

I mean, it shouldn’t. I guess it goes against every design principle or rulebook I would ever think to follow. It should look gimmicky; it could look cheap; it should look like a teenager has tried too hard to cram all of his favorite stuff into one timepiece. But it doesn’t. Somehow, despite the Tie Fighter bits here, and the Control Panel elements there, it looks sleek, elegant, self-confident, and totally badass. In my opinion, it takes the belt-driven system we saw in the Devon Tread and runs with it. This housing is miles better than the steampunk-inspired case that first carried the novel complication that binds the two. I liked the Devon Tread; I love the Devon Star Wars watch.

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

So let’s break down exactly what we’re looking at: the case flanks are based on the wings of a Tie Fighter (whether they look more like squashed wings from a Tie Interceptor or two thirds of the wing of Darth Vader’s own private Tie craft will – hopefully – be geek fodder for the times to come); the crown bears the imperial logo (which was clearly designed by George Lucas to be used in watchmaking at some point); the main screws that connect the case to the lugs are based on turbine intakes, finished in polished silver to emulate the spikes on the bottom of Darth Vader’s breathing grille; the belt system utilizes four motor covers in red and green to mimic the switches on Darth Vader’s center console (mounted on his chest, for the uninitiated); and let’s not forget the lovely leather strap, attached with some very bulky-looking screws, ribbed to mimic Vader’s gloves.

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Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

And it’s not just cool design that makes this watch appealing. The watch uses some high-grade aviation materials in its construction. The belts themselves are glass-reinforced nylon, as used in the original 747 gauges. With 313 electrical contacts, Devon claim that this watch is a “kinetic engineering masterpiece.” Strong praise, but not totally unwarranted when you consider Devon had to design a lot of their watch-work from scratch. It is a really weird way to tell the time, but not at all difficult. It’s just unusual to see an analogue display operating at so many angles with such rigid efficiency.

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

It’s worth noting that this unusual exercise in co-branding was not achieved by traditional methods. Old school watchmakers were not used in this project; instead, Devon Works enlisted the help and expertise of the US Aviation Industry. The result is a rather handsome stainless steel watch with black DLC coating and limited edition Tie Fighter cuff-links to sweeten the deal.

Devon has followed up the Tread 1 with other models such as the Tread 2, but the brand has been rather silent for a while despite the opening of a Pasadena, California manufacturing location. The last time the Tread 1 got this much attention was with the cool Devon Tread 1 Steampunk (aBlogtoWatch review here). It is an amazingly quirky and cool high-end gadget that successfully dabbled in the luxury watch world. Big and chunky, it is a statement piece like no other, and it still happens to be very comfortable. Now it will be on the list of “watch items” for a lot of very hardcore Star Wars fans.

Devon Star Wars Limited Edition Watch Based On The Tread 1 Watch Releases

There will only be 500 of these pieces available, and they will be delivered to the eager mitts of all Lucasfilm fans in a box inspired by Darth Vader’s Tie Fighter. The watches will be built over a two-year period and will have a retail price of $28,500. It would be really cool if the world has mastered drone delivery technology by the time your watch is ready to be dispatched. I think seeing your own private Tie Fighter fly by your window is worth nearly thirty thousand of anyone’s credits. devonworks.com

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  • Gotta love it. Proving that a non-mechanical regulated watch and still be interesting as hell.

  • Antjay

    My favorite SW watch so far.

  • SuperStrapper

    I want to dislike it but I can’t. Fuck.

    That’s no moon…

  • IanE

    Heavens, I wish it was in a faraway universe: that is as godawful as the wretched Star Wars franchise!

  • BIG CHRONO

    “Tread” warily.

  • Larry Holmack

    Interesting watch…..but for the Star Wars fan with really deep pockets. I know several Star Wars fanatics that are waiting patiently for Sept. 18th…the day the Nixon watches will be released.

  • RollsRoyceSilverSpur

    I have Romain Jerome Spacecraft and it is cooler than this given that it comes with Sellita movement ,this watch is unique too but needs battery charger every week if not fortnight
    I like Devon Watches in general and this piece is my most fave model ever released by the brand .

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Hated the films ( especially the pre-sequels ). Hate the watch even more.

  • I_G

    I hate quartz watches even with belts.

  • Bernhard de Kok

    Crap

    • Bernhard de Kok

      Hang on … I wasn’t clear.

      If you like this watch, you’re not into fashion as it is not fashionable, you have no taste nor class. Actually, you have no life and probably no girlfriend and you live for ComiCon…. Heck, you’re the comic book guy.

      If your the manufacturer of this watch and you make lots of money, then I bow to your business acumen as you’ve tapped into a well of fools, parting them of their money.

  • SN0WKRASH

    So many Negative Nancys! I think it looks pretty cool and I look forward to seeing it operate in person one of these days.

  • Adam Young

    This looks really cool. Of course the price is more money than I’ll ever have, but if I became rich I would love to have a unique watch like this in my collection. Who knows maybe I’ll have one on my wrist for the premiere of Star Wars Episode XIV: Director’s Cut Super Special Edition.

  • egznyc

    This would be a cool watch to see on someone else’s wrist and I could ask lots of questions and admire it … from afar. It’s very interesting and would be fun to see how it tells time. I’m pretty geeky but just not enough for this watch – not to mention its large size and price tag.