Desired: A Pocketwatch So Advanced It's Almost Self-Aware

Any old watch will tell you the date and time. Fancy ones tell you the date and sometimes the moon phase. The Urwerk UR-1001 Zeit Device is a pocketwatch so advanced it tells you how it's feeling.

Thanks to our portable timepieces, we all know where the hell we are in the day. The Swiss-made UR-1001 Zeit Device transcends its existence as a human accessory and keeps track of where it is in its own life — as well as where it is in history. Hidden behind a cover on the back panel are the goods: a gauge that lets you know when the watch needs to be serviced, a 100-year dial which won't reset until after the original purchaser is dead, and finally an indicator which crawls upwards for 1000 years — as long as someone remembers to wind it. The watch's intricate face has all the indications you'd expect from a top-shelf watch: time, date, how long until the watch needs a wind, and whether it's day or night. Worried it won't last a thousand years? The watch is made out of a tough, non-magnetic ARCAP alloy with a Sapphire crystal.

And of course this thing is a limited edition: The first of eight will be available in October. The price? A mere 340,000 Swiss Francs, which translates to 427,135.20 American Samoleans. Too expensive? Think of it this way: You've got 1000 years to pay it off. [Urwerk]

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