Right on the heels of the season premiere of Game of Thrones 3, we’re excited to share with you this bizarre, but interesting Game of Thrones watch. Well, watch in a manner of speaking. In fact, wrist calendar would be a more apt description. You see, the GoT watch does not tell the time, but rather the date and, most importantly, whether or not Winter is coming or Winter is here.
With the use of pointer hands and an aperture at what would be 3, the GoT watch tells you simply the current date, month, day and the season, so to speak. At the stroke of the Southern Solstice, December 21st, the window will indicate that Winter is here, while at the Vernal Equinox, it will switch back to “Coming”. As such, this watch is perhaps best suited for the citizens of Westeros and Essos than for, well, real people, as time in the world of GoT is more epic than in reality. That being said, the coming of Winter is less a sure thing in GoT, so a typical mechanical piece would be unlikely to do a great job.
Still in prototyping phase, the watch is powered by what we believe is a heavily modified Valjoux 7751, with the time and chronograph functions not present and the day/month repositioned to 6 and 12, respectively. We have yet to see any but the House of Stark variations, but it’s been hinted that the Maester line will also have a moon phase. Speaking of which, there are also versions planned for Baratheon, Lannister and Targaryen as well as Maester and, sales depending, a Dathraki version, each with it’s own family specific flavor. For example, the Targaryen models will feature Damascus steel cases and flame turned bezels, while the Lannister line will be entirely gold and feature a bracelet with a patent-pending “coupled-twin” link.
The Stark line, as is to be expected, are somewhat stripped down, but nevertheless befitting of nobility with a 42mm barrel shaped case that emotes a warrior’s shield, and a large “turret” crown. The dial has a simple legible design with some texturing and clearly visible, but not ostentatious, engraved Dire Wolf, the family’s sigil. To keep with the somewhat earthy demeanor of the Stark men, the cases will be made of a mix of bronze, steel and black PVD steel, with dials of silver, copper and steel, all with rugged leather straps. Naturally, there will be a phantom “Black Oath” model.
Pricing and availability are still TBD, but hopefully it won’t take as long as the 6th book nor will you have to be a Lannister to afford them.
by Zach Weiss
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