Inspired by Darth Vader’s Tie Advanced X1 Starfighter, Kross Studio has unveiled a functional sculpture and Bluetooth enabled watch winder
October 20, 2021: Kross Studio revolutionised the world of watchmaking last spring with the creation of the Ultimate Collector’s Set dedicated to the Death Star, which included an innovative central tourbillon watch and an authentic Kyber Crystal pop shard that was featured in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story. The timepiece and film prop piece are both delivered in a 1.2 metre-long, immersive and functional art piece, styled as an imperial cyber crystal container. And now, in collaboration with Lucasfilm Ltd., Kross Studio has unveiled the next chapter: a Star Wars inspired watch winder.
The Swiss startup, having upended the world of watches and clocks with its striking creations, breathes new life into the watch winder, by being inspired by Darth Vader’s TIE Advanced x1 fighter. The new watch winding sculpture is, as usual, released in a limited series.
Setting it apart, the Studio has presented the watch winder as a fully operational art object, integrating its winding engined into a solid aluminium structure, directly inspired by the TIE Advanced x1 straighter, piloted by Lord Darth Vader himself.
Made of solid black anodised aluminium, the TIE Advanced x1-themed Watch Winder is fully machined, hand-finished and assembled in-house, certifying Kross Studio’s superior manufacturing skills and engineering. The sculpture weighs a total of 4 kg, and measure 20cm long, 28cm wide and 17cm high.
This Star Wars-inspired watch winder fittingly utilises the force of its powerful movement to maintain the mechanism of any automatic mechanical watch placed within the winding capsule. The Kross Studio TIE Advanced x1-inspired watch winder and sculpture comes fitted with an infrared sensor which detects the presence of a watch, thereby activating the winder - a clever innovation. With a battery life lasting over two years, when no watch is present, the device remains in standby mode to conserve power.
Designed to impress and perform to the highest standard, the TIE Advanced x1 art object and watch winder has a Bluetooth interface, offering the owner access to all its parameters via a dedicated smartphone application. The user can, therefore, define optimal settings for their automatic watch model, fine tuning the direction of rotation, rotation time and load control. It also comes with a Galactic Empire designed key to replace the batteries.
An elite fleet of collectible art objects available only for a limited time, the Kross Studio TIE Advanced x1 - themed watch winding sculptures are priced at USD 2500 each and are available to purchase on kross-studio.com and at select authorised Kross Studio retailers.