SEGA x Anicorn Watch Turns Again Time to the 16-Bit Period

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When you’re of a sure age, the title Genesis will both reignite reminiscences of a chart topping English rock band or a 90s-era, innovative online game console that took the world by storm with its pairing of 16-bit graphics with a plentitude of angle. It’s the latter reminiscences designer watchmaker Anicorn faucets into with the discharge of the SEGA x Anicorn Mega Drive/Genesis Watch.

Launched and marketed in 1988 because the Mega Drive in Japan, the Sega Genesis console arrived within the US a yr after because the yang to Nintendo’s yin. It was the second video gaming was crossing into the mainstream, blanketing youth with commercials promising arcade high quality graphics at house, with the competitors between the 2 powerhouse 16-bit consoles – the SNES and Genesis – occurring throughout the Nineties to depart their indelible mark upon youngsters the world over (a reminiscence that lives on at this time with the recognition of 2D retro sprite primarily based video games nonetheless flourishing).

Side view of all three SEGA x Anicorn Mega Drive/Genesis Watch designs

A darkish departure from the extra pleasant toy-like console designs within the late 80s, the Sega Genesis would arrive the identical yr as the primary Batman movie – it was as if Sega had captured the Darkish Knight’s glowering anti-hero spirit and distilled into console type. The console’s state-of-the-art processing energy was engineered to conjure the cutting-edge pixel artwork aesthetics and typographic motifs impressed by efficiency sports activities vehicles that the Sega Genesis would go onto be remembered for.

When you rely your self as a type of youngsters who grew up enjoying the Sega Genesis, even a cursory look is bound to reignite reminiscences of the console’s signature black and crimson industrial design. Watchmaker Anicorn has completed a powerful job of reproducing the Sega Genesis’ signature spherical prime and emblem – simply miniaturized – and tailored it right into a watch that’s each little bit of a fanboy flex as it’s a timepiece.

SEGA x Anicorn Mega Drive/Genesis Watch floating above its Sega Genesis console inspiration

Every of the three timepieces straight attracts particulars from the SEGA Mega Drive / Genesis console’s retro design with nostalgic accuracy, together with the inclusion of interval correct typography.

SEGA x Anicorn Mega Drive/Genesis Watch staged on top of a Sega Genesis console inspiration with dramatic blue ambient light illuminating the scene.

See-through caseback detail of the SEGA x Anicorn Mega Drive/Genesis Watch with "Mega-Drive" logo printed across its glass window.

The mechanical innards of the watch are seen, the view additional embellished with the inclusion of the console’s emblem printed throughout the exhibition caseback.

Noting such beloved nostalgia deserves an additional little bit of celebration, Anicorn has gone the additional mile to bundle the watches inside a “console” field, every containing a metallic numbered plate adorned with a person quantity and a tailor-made booklet of the legendary console.



SEGA x Anicorn Mega Drive/Genesis Watch console inspired all black packaging, showing watch and its included metal placard card.

Getting your wrists wrapped round an ANICORN x SEGA – Genesis or Mega Drive Restricted Version watch will set you again $800, with all three editions priced the identical. Now simply make one for us PC Engine/TurboGrafx-16 nerds…

Gregory Han is a Senior Editor at Design Milk. A Los Angeles native with a profound love and curiosity for design, climbing, tide swimming pools, and street journeys, a choice of his adventures and musings may be discovered at gregoryhan.com.

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