Take your eyes off that Rolex for a second, because this is one watch that is literally going to blast off the shelves.
The creations of Swiss watchmaker Werenbach are out of this world because each one is made of rocket metal that once flew through space. The new Mach 33 watches have boldly gone where no timepiece has gone before and leveled up Werenbach’s previous Earth collection and Leonov series with an embedded chip that links to the ISS livestream from space. Meaning, touch it to your phone and you will get the exact same view ISS astronauts have at that very moment. It’s the closest you can get to being on board without leaving the planet.
Last year, the company raised $785,000 to give used Russian Soyuz stages another life in the form of watches, and the remnants of the Soyuz MS-02 will be incorporated into the Mach 33 collection. This is the same spacecraft that flew NASA and Roscosmos astronauts to the ISS as the newest members of its Expedition 59/50 crew, which was the landmark fiftieth time a crew was sent there, and you could soon be wearing a piece of it on your wrist. Think about it too hard and it might blow your mind.
“It started with a wild dream: to build a watch from a real space rocket. Now we set out with an even bigger dream to achieve,” the company said on their Kickstarter page.
“After one of the most successful watch stories in Kickstarter history, we wanted to return to you, our supporters, with something new once again: a watch with a real piece of rocket at its heart that now, also connects you to space to share the view of an astronaut in real time.”
By now, you’ve probably figured out that this is the first an only watch in the universe that can virtually put you in space.
Mach 33 is the speed required to overcome Earth’s gravity, which Werenbach felt was an appropriate name for a collection whose raw materials once took off at that speed. Fragments of the rocket’s outer shell were used for the Sport and Classic Mach 33 models, and the two special editions are the futuristic all-black Planet 9 and Gravity, a limited edition which works the limited amount of orange material found on the rocket into its aesthetic.
How does the whole connection to orbit thing actually work? The watch has an authentication clip embedded inside. When activated, it connects to the HDEV (High Definition Earth Viewing) video cameras that watch our planet and put it on livestream. When it makes physical contact with your smartphone, the watch also loads info authenticating the plate of rocket metal on its dial. What you see on your phone’s screen may change everything you think you know about the pale blue dot on which we live.
“To me, the watches represent mankind’s journey into the final frontier—space—and that humbling realization for an astronaut of how life, when they return, can never be seen in the same way,” said Werenbach founder Patrick Hohmann. It’s a wondrous thing to be able to rethink our existence on Earth, and I hope that these watches—that have been off this planet and back—give people the chance to rethink their world when they wear them.”
You know you want to back this Kickstarter, like, yesterday.