Star Wars: The Force Awakens The Jedi’s watch
With a title such as "The Force Awakens", it’s hard not to imagine what watches Han Solo and his friends (and enemies) might wear.
Since it will be the seventh episode in the cult saga of the seventh art, let us allow the 12th art to suggest some of its ambassadors for the main characters in the latest Star Wars film. If there was a watch in the corner of the screen throughout "The Force Awakens" it would obviously have to be one with an alarm function. A quick look at the candidates in the Striking watch category at this year’s Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève, which reigns over the horological galaxy, one immediately stands out with a name that was predestined to go with the film: the Big Bang Alarm Repeater by Hublot.
But ladies first, starting with the first generation: Princess Leia Organa, head of the resistance, who is once again played by Carrie Fisher (albeit with a new hairstyle), should wear a watch that is brimming with symbols from a cult brand. What about the diamond-set Clé de Cartier Clé in white gold, whose blue sapphire cabochon on the crown could be used to open up a new dimension? New character Rey, a scavenger, joins the resistance and discovers that the force is with her. I think an Excalibur Lady by Roger Dubuis would perfectly complement her equipment. She fights alongside Finn, a young stormtrooper who deserted to find the right path, no doubt thanks to his TAG Heuer Carrera Connected.
"May the force be with you"
Holed up in the mountains, the old sage Lor San Tekka exudes intemporal elegance in a universe that is high-tech by definition. The Piaget Altiplano 900P would fit him like a glove. As the best pilot of the resistance and given his rebellious nature, Poe Dameron needs a watch that fits his talent and ambition. I see him proudly wearing an IWC Big Pilot Top Gun Perpetual Calendar. Nostalgic for his Millennium Falcon, the most famous vessel in the Star Wars era, the now venerable Han Solo deserves a watch from a legendary brand that fits his charisma. The galaxial blue of the Patek Philippe Calatrava Pilot Travel Time could be the latest treasure of this former smuggler. His loyal companion Chewbacca, the hairy but kind-hearted Wookie, could adorn his fur with a Bell&Ross BR01 Skull Bronze. As for C-3PO, would he prefer a gold watch with a gold bracelet to match the lustre of his body, or the light of HYT’s H4 Metropolis? The complex personality of the Jedi Knight himself, Luke Skywalker, needs a watch commensurate with his status as a talented hero travelling through space: the Montblanc Timewalker Pilot.
“I am your father…”
Among the baddies who will be resurfacing in the Force Awakens are Supreme Leader Snoke, who heads the totalitarian regime of the First Order and for whom only a Richard Mille RM 052 Skull could reflect his exclusive power and at the same time clearly show which side of the Force he is on. Under his authority, Kylo Ren wields own special cruciform lightsabre and the Perrelet Turbine Toxic would undoubtedly be a must-have in his arsenal. He adheres to a cult without limits reminiscent of the ancestral figure of Darth Vader, who passed to the dark side of the Force but sacrificed himself for his son. Could his soul have become as pure and singular as the sombre dial of the Endeavour Perpetual Calendar Concept, which does not even bear the logo of H. Moser & Cie?
In the meantime, the celestial jousting among watch brands continues in the Christmas window displays and you will never be able to watch Star Wars in the same way again.
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