RJ Pac-Man Series Level III

A homage piece des­tined to level up your col­lec­tion

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Swiss mar­que RJ re­cently re­vealed the third time­piece of its

Pac-Man series. Aptly called Level III, it joined an ever-grow­ing series of watches made in col­lab­o­ra­tion with Bandai Namco En­ter­tain­ment Inc and its iconic games.

With the Level III, RJ in­tro­duced a new style in trib­ute to one of the world’s most loved games, craft­ing it to match the brand’s play­ful spirit. Un­like its pre­de­ces­sor, the Level III sports a black dial with a pol­ished mir­ror fin­ish and a pol­ished ti­ta­nium bezel en­cir­cling it.

What truly catches the eye and the game’s play­ful spirit is the iconic maze, fea­tur­ing Pac-Man in hot pur­suit of Pac-Dots and ghosts. The scene was recre­ated us­ing 27 hand­crafted com­po­nents sep­a­rated into three lev­els. In­tri­cate art­work aside, the RJ Pac-Man Series Level III har­nesses an au­to­matic rewind­ing move­ment.

Closer in­spec­tion re­veals the blue alu­minium that walls off the maze is sanded on the edges and pol­ished on top. The raised walls are filled with black lac­quer to heighten the 3D ef­fect while the game’s char­ac­ters have been re­pro­duced by care­fully af­fix­ing pix­e­lated ap­pliques on the dial. Each ap­plique, of sev­eral dif­fer­ent colours, has been metic­u­lously filled by hand.

As a fin­ish­ing touch, the brand’s mono­gram has been given a satin fin­ish be­fore be­ing framed at the 12:00 po­si­tion. Ad­di­tion­ally, both the game and the time­piece have depth thanks to the con­trast­ing fin­ishes of the dial’s com­po­nents. Ar­tic­u­lated lugs se­cure a blue rub­ber strap that matches the dial’s blue ac­cents. The 46mm ti­ta­nium case has a black PVD sur­fac­ing. Promi­nently fea­tured on its back is a medal­lion of the leg­endary pix­e­lated yel­low video game char­ac­ter in­ter­twined with the stel­lar pat­tern that’s seen on the en­tire watch and strap.

Just 80 pieces of this spe­cial is­sue have been made in homage to the year Pac-Man was first re­leased – 1980.

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