Last spring, Kross Studio revolutionized the world of watchmaking by creating the Ultimate Collector’s Set dedicated to the Death Star ™, notably including an innovative central tourbillon watch and an authentic Kyber Crystal ™ prop shard featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story ™. Both timepiece and film prop piece were delivered in a 1.2-meter-long immersive and functional art piece styled as an Imperial kyber crystal container. Now, Kross Studio, in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., reveals the next chapter in a Star Wars inspired watch winder.
Having upended the world of watches and clocks with its captivating creations, the Swiss startup breathes new life into the watch winder, looking again to Darth Vader’s commanding presence to inspire the new TIE Advanced x1- themed watch winding sculpture, released in a limited series.
The studio sets its watch winder apart as a fully operational art object, integrating its winding engine into a solid aluminum sculpture which is directly inspired by the TIE Advanced x1 starfighter, piloted by Lord Darth Vader himself in the film Star Wars: A New Hope™.
The TIE Advanced x1- themed Watch Winder is made of solid black anodized aluminum, fully machined, hand-finished and assembled in-house, attesting to Kross Studio’s superior engineering and manufacturing skills. The sculpture measures 20cm long, 28cm wide, and 17cm high, and weighs a total of 4kg.
“You don’t know the power of the dark side”
Fittingly, the Star Wars-inspired watch winder harnesses the force of its powerful movement to maintain the mechanism of any automatic mechanical watch placed within the winding capsule. In a clever innovation, the Kross Studio TIE Advanced x1-inspired watch winder and sculpture comes equipped with an infrared sensor that detects the presence of a watch, and thereby activates the winder. The battery life lasts over two years, and when no watch is present, the device remains in standby mode to conserve power.
Kross Studio designed the TIE Advanced x1 art object and watch winder to impress and perform to the highest standard. Its Bluetooth interface offers the owner access to all its parameters available via a dedicated smartphone application, Kross Watch Winder, available on the App Store and Google Play. In this way, the user can define optimal settings for their automatic watch model, fine-tuning the direction of rotation, rotation time, and load control. The watch winder also comes with a Galactic Empire designed key to replace the batteries.
This elite fleet of collectible art objects will not be available forever. The Kross Studio TIE Advanced x1- themed watch winding sculptures ($2,500 USD each) are available to purchase on kross-studio.com and at select authorized Kross Studio retailers, for a limited time only.