It’s no secret that Escape from New York is one of my absolute favorite movies of all time. So much so that I’m still constantly on the lookout for related memorabilia, collectables, art, and the like. That’s why the Ridgewood Watch Company’s Lifeclock One has caught my interest, as it is an officially licensed reproduction of Snake Plissken’s countdown watch from the aforementioned movie, modernized into a multi-function smartwatch.
The Lifeclock One consists of a main enclosure CNC machined from a solid piece of brass with a stainless steel backplate. The LEDs utilized within the Lifeclock are 11 segment custom displays made specifically for the watch. The strap is made of leather, and is being offered with either Velcro (like in the movie), or a more traditional buckle attachment. The Lifeclock will also be Bluetooth enabled, and capable of of integrating with a smartphone, as well as function as a standard watch, stopwatch, compass, and more.
Perhaps the only real grey spot about the Lifeclock One is this: it can be considered pretty darn pricey. The “Early Backer Edition”, already priced at $249, is sold out at the time of writing, with the next least-expensive tier starting at $399, and the final tier as high as $799.
On the other hand, the Lifeclock One does feature high-quality components, and although it doesn’t fully meet the FTC’s guidelines to be considered a fully ‘Made in USA’ product, the main enclosure and core printed circuit board are US-manufactured, and the completed watches will be assembled, tested, and distributed from the state of Georgia.
So, if the price point isn’t too daunting, and you like what the Lifeclock One has to offer, then feel free to support Ridgewood Watch Company’s efforts on their Kickstarter campaign.