After years of waiting, the remake of seminal JRPG Final Fantasy VII is almost here. In the meantime, Seiko are more than happy to jump the gun with a pair of limited edition pieces dedicated to one of the most famous pairings in video game history: amnesiac mercenary Cloud Strife and one-winged angel Sephiroth.
Don’t worry; I’m not about to go into the nuances of publisher Square Enix’s masterpiece. It’s far, far too intricate (read convoluted) to get into. Seiko’s horological couplet however manages to encapsulate the game’s central duo nicely.
For Cloud, the hero of the piece, Seiko opted for brightly polished stainless steel. The character’s wolf emblem is front and centre, taking place of the 12 o’clock index. Between the chronograph subdials an inner dial of mother-of-pearl represents Mako, the game’s planetary life force. The final flourish is a sapphire crystal crown inspired by Materia, the medium through which characters in the game use magic.
For Sephiroth, the game’s antagonist and would-be ender of days, things take a darker turn with a black DLC-coated case. The Materia crown too has been blackened with onyx now representing Sephiroth’s evil version. Replacing the Wolf is one of the game’s most iconic images, the one-winged angel emblem that represents the nihilistic big bad. Yes it’s geeky as hell, but I need it in my life.
Both pieces are finished with a black DLC and steel rotor with the elongated Roman numerals for 7, along with a region specific serial number around the edge of the exhibition caseback. The movement itself is a solid Seiko automatic, with a 45-hour power reserve.
While I’m sure plenty of retro loving gamers have already pre-ordered the FFVII remake, it’ll be a lot harder to get hold of this pair of pieces, with only 77 of each being built for Japan, the US and Europe.
Priced at $2,500 (just under £2,000), the pair of limited edition pieces are available from the Square Enix store now.
Price & Specs:
Model Name: FINAL FANTASY VII Chronograph (Cloud / Sephiroth)
Ref: Serial numbers for each country or region (JP-01～77, US-01～77, EU-01～77）
Case/Dial: 44mm diameter, stainless steel
Movement: In-house Seiko chronograph movement, automatic
Power Reserve: 45h
Frequency: 4Hz (28,000 vph)
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, date calendar, chronograph function (chronograph hand for seconds, 30-minute integrator, 12-hour integrator)
Water Resistance: 50m (5 ATM)
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price & Availability: £1,777, limited to 77 pieces each, available February 2020
More information at Square Enix’s website.