The third PAC-MANTM watch called Level III marks a new style in a tribute to the game and in line with the brand’s playful spirit.
Its black dial with a mirror-polished finish is a departure from the earlier models. The polished titanium bezel encircling it reveals a maze where PAC-MAN™ sets off on a race to chomp ghosts and hunt for cherries and Pac-Dots.
The game’s scene was depicted by crafting 27 components by hand which are separated into three levels shown on the dial. The blue aluminium that walls off the maze is sanded on the edges and polished on top. The raised walls were filled with black lacquer to heighten the 3D effect.
The game’s characters (PAC-MAN™, ghosts and cherries) are reproduced by carefully affixing pixellated appliques on the dial. Each applique was meticulously filled by hand with several different colours of lacquer. The brand’s monogram was given a satin finish and is framed at 12:00.
Both the game and the timepiece have depth thanks to the contrasting finishes of the dial’s components.
Coated in black PVD surfacing, the watch’s 46 mm titanium case contains an automatic rewinding movement so the hours and minutes can be read in the middle. Articulated lugs secure a blue rubber strap that matches the blue accents on the dial.
The case back features a medallion of the legendary pixellated yellow video game character intertwined with the stellar pattern that continues on to the entire watch and strap.
The PAC-MANTM Level III watch was made in a limited series of 80, symbolic of the year the famous Japanese arcade game was released. Available June 2018.
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