Do You Like Final Fantasy 7 Enough To Buy This Absurdly Expensive Watch?
Square Enix is hoping that there are folks out there obsessed enough with Final Fantasy VII to drop a few grand on some merchandise. The item in question is described on the Square Enix store as a “chronograph timepiece” which is a fancy way of saying “wristwatch.” For a cool $2500 plus tax, you can roll up your sleeves and strut about town with a limited edition watch that will let you achieve “the truly heroic look of Cloud Strife.”
Manufactured by Seiko Instruments, the Cloud Strife watch has a stainless steel case with a mirrored finish and a blue sapphire glass crown inspired by Materia, which fans will know is an item from Final Fantasy VII. The product description notes that the watch has some design flourishes including “exposed mechanics of the all-glass back panel” and a Final Fantasy VII logo embossed rotor. There’s also a “3D Cloudy Wolf emblem and finishing with a Mako inspired mother-of-pearl central disk.”
Just 77 pieces will be made per region, and each one will come with a special case. The watch is described as being an ideal “centerpiece of anyone’s collection for years to come.” Images of the watch are included in the product listing but these are a prototype and the actual product may be different. It’s expected to release on March 31, 2020, but this is an approximate date and shipping may take longer for those importing. Additionally, once you make an order there is a no-cancellation policy, so you better be extra sure you want it.
The good news is the Square Enix shop has free shipping on orders over $75, which this purchase would just about qualify for.
Note: Cloud Strife does not, and has never, worn a wristwatch.
The much-anticipated Final Fantasy VII Remake was recently delayed a few weeks. The game was originally scheduled to launch on March 3, but will now arrive on April 10. This release date delay, according to Square Enix, was to give the development team a little extra time for finishing touches.
“We are making this tough decision in order to give ourselves a few extra weeks to apply final polish to the game and to deliver you with the best possible experience,” said producer Yoshinori Kitase. “I, on behalf of the whole team, want to apologize to everyone, as I know this means waiting for the game just a little bit longer. Thank you for your patience and continued support.”