Did you ever kick around the theory that when merchants are trying to sell things to rich people, they use the same materials but jack up the price a thousandfold just to convince them they’re buying something better? That’s definitely what’s going through my mind when I see this $20,000 watch with 8-bit characters from Nintendo’s Super Mario Bros. franchise on it.
The collectible watch was created by Romain Jerome, a man who makes his living crafting watches for the wealthy. He’s created a watch made with old space shuttle parts and actual moon dust — who knows where he got that stuff, but that’s the kind of thing I’d expect to be expensive. However, that’s not so much the case with this piece. With no precious metals or materials to speak of, it looks like it should cost 20 dollars and not $20,000.
This is Jerome’s third game-themed watch. In addition, he’s also made limited edition timepieces with Pac-Man and Space Invaders characters on them. This particular watch is limited to 85 pieces (get it, ’cause that’s the year the game came out). You probably don’t have the cash for this, and if you do have the cash, give it to the needy instead, for crying out loud.