Final Fantasy VII is hailed as one of the best titles to belong to the Final Fantasy franchise, so it stands to reason that Square Enix’s upcoming remake has incited much fanfare among the community. With E3 2019 happening now and the torrent of news revealed over the past few days, the Final Fantasy VII Remake (FFVII) hype is certainly at its peak.
The newest party to hop onboard the hype train is lauded Japanese watch manufacturer Seiko. In celebration of the game’s upcoming launch on March 20, 2020, Square Enix has joined hands with its national counterpart to release a limited run of themed watches centred around the two main characters: Cloud Strife and Sephiroth.
Featuring precise automatic Seiko Instruments movements, both versions are set to come with FFVII-embossed rotors in tow, which will be visible from the all-glass back panels. The main difference, meanwhile, is presented in the form of subtle design elements – where Cloud’s iteration sports a mirror finish stainless steel case, Materia-inspired blue sapphire glass crown, and a 3D Cloudy Wolf emblem, the antagonist’s version boasts an alternate black-coated stainless steel case, an onyx crown, and a 3D One-Winged Angel emblem.
An extra touch of style will also see both timepieces taking on a Mako-themed finish for their mother-of-pearl central disc design, alongside an accompanying specially-tailored display case. For the uninitiated, Mako refers to the liquid form of the Planet’s Lifestream in the game that’s often depicted with a greenish-blue hue (thus the splash of colour at the watch’s centre).
The fine, elegant balance of classy watch elements and geeky nods make the themed watches an extremely tempting prospect, especially since production is limited to only 77 pieces per region. But exclusivity calls for a hefty price, and interested parties will have to fork out a bank-breaking US$2,500 for each of the versions.
Fans who have already made up their minds may head on down to the Square Enix Store to place their pre-orders, with shipping projected to arrive sometime in March 2020 – just in time for the launch of Final Fantasy Remake VII.
Si Jia is a casual geek at heart – or as casual as someone with Sephiroth’s theme on her Spotify playlist can get. A fan of movies, games, and Japanese culture, Si Jia’s greatest weakness is the Steam Summer Sale. Or any Steam sale, really.