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'Cyberpunk 2077' is getting its own futuristic wristwatch
Game the dystopian system with a watch that’s authenticated on the blockchain.
Well, it’s about time. If Cyberpunk 2077 is gonna showcase its vision of the tech-infused future with a trove of sleek gadgets, we might as well be able to tap into a little of that same aesthetic here on the real-world side of the video game screen.
In the same spirit of Cyberpunk 2077’s dystopian tour through Night City, publisher CD Projekt RED is teaming with Polish watchmaker Blonie for a $500 piece of arm gear that comes with a bleeding-edge, tech-infused twist: When you buy one of these bad boys, you don’t just get the watch itself, you also get a digital certificate of authenticity in the form of a non-fungible token (NFT), assuring your Cyberpunk heirloom piece will live on right alongside its 3D counterpart on the blockchain.
We’re not sure we ever spotted this particular timepiece on V’s wrist or caught any of the game’s NPCs (like Johnny Silverhand) trying to steal it red-handed. But there’s still a certain low-key bling quality to its monochromatic vibe, one that CD Projekt RED says, via Twitter, is “born from a love for the craft and the dystopian setting of #Cyberpunk2077.”
The watch itself looks like an understated take on the game’s urban aesthetic, without any over-the-top graphics or whacked-out wavy, spiky, or otherwise textured surfaces. Instead, Blonie opted for a more authentic, under-the-hood approach to capturing the game’s look and feel: The butterfly-clasp band and watch case are made from titanium, housing a quartz movement that showcases the time (and nothing else) via an amber digital display. Since it’s built to withstand the gritty hack-and-dash perils of our neon-lit future, it’s also water resistant up to 50 meters.
Dubbed the T-2077, the official limited edition watch comes embossed on the back with the Cyberpunk 2077 script logo, tucked inside a cool-looking presentation box that bears the game’s easily-recognizable black-on-yellow art theme. It's already available for pre-order, with first deliveries expected to ship in June of next year. That's just in time (get it?) for the next-gen enhanced version of Cyberpunk 2077 — due sometime in the first quarter of 2022 — to have made it onto the PS5 and Xbox Series X.