Seiko Star Wars Stormtrooper SDGC011
- Steel case size: 41.7mm [outer diameter], 12.4mm [thickness]
- Movement: Caliber 6R21 automatic mechanical
- Accuracy: +25 seconds to -15 seconds difference per day
- Jewels: 29
- Sapphire crystal with hard coating
- Water resistant to 100 meters
- Limited edition of 500 watches
- Price 136,500 yen (U.S. about ,750)
Each year, Seiko holds a contest called the Power Design Project. I don't know all the details, but I believe it involves a contest among Seiko designers (and maybe other designers as well) in Japan to design cool new concept watches. Often times, many of the designs are very sober and classic - less wildly futuristic. Seiko actually produces some of the winning designs each year. Most of these pieces are limited in production and only sold in Japan, but you can get them online.
On the dial you have shared Bulgari and Gerald Genta branding. According to Bulgari, watches like this are under the "Gerald Genta aesthetic collection." My suspicion is that in a few years, the Gerald Genta branding will be phased out on the Gefica and other models. Not that I don't want Bulgari to honor the origins of these watches, but to new consumers the multiple branding is no doubt going to be confusing at best. For instance, Bulgari's name is engraved in the titanium buckle, but "Gerald Genta" is still lightly engraved on the automatic rotor on the movement. For the time being you can still enjoy branding elements of both worlds.
Mr. Mojon sits as one of the few top indie watch movement developers around today. Many brands solicit him for work and I have a feeling that he only takes on projects that he likes. These days, dreaming up cool new ways to indicate the time is very en vogue. Mixing special hands with retrograde indicators is especially valued. The Klepcys does all that. The time is indicated via two moving discs and a retrograde hour hand that doubles as a day/night indicator. The system is very cool.
Inside the MotoGP 2012 Automatic beats a C01.211 movement. It was designed as a lower cost 7750 and some of those cost savings can be seen on the Tissot T-Race MotoGP 2012. Despite having a display back, the movement is completely unfinished. Tissot does a good job disguising this with the use of a painted rotor and wheel spoke design which partially obstructs the view and calls attention away from the movement itself. This is actually more in line with racing vehicles that typically value function over form and rarely include detailed finishes. The chronograph pushers have a very different sound and feel depending on what you are doing. The start and reset pushes have a satisfyingly significant snap in both sound and feel while pressing the first pusher. Stopping the count has a soft feel and is nearly silent. This difference in feel could lead to false stops should the watch be used in an actual timing function. The chronograph second hand also does not perfectly line up with zero in the test piece, though that should be an easy fix. To its credit, the T-Race did keep exceptional time during my time with it.
Cartier has pledged to produce 50 pieces in the limited edition Astrotourbillon Carbon Crystal watch set. It is really an outstanding looking watch from most any angle. No word on price but I would be surprised at anything under 0,000. The better news is that it is proof Cartier is not all fluff, and their fancy high-tech research results will eventually make it into buyable watches. When tech like this will reach mainstream Cartier watches is another question altogether.