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Luxury watches: 7 mechanical timepieces with digital displays

We popularly refer to the hands of time in many everyday events, typically when we want to talk about going back in time to fix something or making a tiresome meeting end quicker. We process these entirely natural set of metaphorical motions largely without thinking about why time even needs to have hands. In truth, since digital quartz watches spread like wildfire upon the wrists of more humans than ever before in the 1970s, time hasn’t needed hands to make sense. Soon, with the proliferation of those pesky handheld computers called mobile phones (our data suggests you are reading this story on one right now), an entire generation will cease to understand and appreciate anything other than digital time.

Well, mechanical watches too have caught the digital bug — digital display that is, as these seven watches show. Ok, some of them still use hands but mainly in unexpected ways or for aesthetic reasons.

This spread was first featured in World of Watches’ (WOW) Festive issue. The WOW team would like to highlight that this spread was incorrectly credited. The digital artist responsible is Zi Wen.


Review: Romain Jerome’s Moon Orbiter GMT

Romain Jerome has been making waves with its recent forays into pop culture, thanks to watches featuring icons like Batman and Super Mario, but the brand hasn’t neglected the universes its other timepieces inhabit. Case in point: the Moon Orbiter GMT, which is the latest addition to the Air collection themed on outer space. This watch is an evolution of the rectangular Moon Orbiter released in 2013, and echoes its predecessor with an avant-garde design that contains steampunk influences.

The outsized Moon Orbiter GMT measures 48mm across, and is dominated by metallic grey surfaces, but avoids looking drab thanks to the array of contrasting finishings on them. This is further enhanced by the play with depth and geometric shapes on the dial, beginning with two fan-shaped sections that occupy a lower layer at six and 12 o’clock. The section on top tracks a second time zone via a retrograde jumping hour indicator and an engraved day/night disc, while the one at the dial’s bottom shows the power reserve.

Meanwhile, the time is displayed at three o’clock and balanced by the flying tourbillon, with its quirky angular cage, at nine o’clock. Traces of steampunk can be spotted in various design elements on the Moon Orbiter GMT, such as the pivoting, spring-loaded lugs that mimic pistons, and the exposed wheels on the dial. The “X” motif common to many Romain Jerome watches makes its return here, and stretches across the dial to the flanks of the case. The section of the “X” at two o’clock is more than decorative – it’s actually a pusher hiding in plain sight, and serves as the corrector for the second time zone display.

It’s par for the course for a Romain Jerome timepiece to be embedded with bits of a historically significant object, depending on the subject matter at hand, and the Moon Orbiter GMT is no different. In fact, the watch contains not one, but two “memorabilia” of significance: the case contains bits of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, which was the first successful manned mission to the moon, while the movement’s oscillating weight has moon dust in it. For the collector who’s hoping to own a piece of history, this would be it. This watch is, however, produced in a very limited run of 25 pieces worldwide.


Dimension 48mm
Functions  Hours, minutes
Power Reserve 45 hours
Self-winding RJ7813L movement with flying tourbillon, retrograde jumping hour second time zone indicator and power reserve display
Case Steel
Water resistance 30 meters
Strap Black alligator with steel ardillon buckle

This article was first published in World of Watches.

Top 5 Watch Partnerships 2016

Two is better than one they say and in the case of these watch partnerships, collaborations and inspirations, it is certainly true. From luxury fashion brands to superheros, the possibilities are endless. We bring you the top five timepieces that are the result of wonderful collaborations.

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Hublot’s play with materials continues in the Classic Fusion Berluti, which has a leather strap… and dial

Hublot expresses its motto, “The Art of Fusion”, in many different ways. One oft-explored concept involves collaborations with external partners to use “non-watchmaking” materials in Hublot watches, both for variety’s sake and to evoke the spirit behind these materials. These have ranged from silk embroidery in the Big Bang Broderie, to denim in the Big Bang Jeans, to even tobacco leaves in the Classic Fusion Tobacco X.

For its latest creation, Hublot has teamed up with Berluti, its sibling from the LVMH group. Long renowned for its leathers thanks to an expertise honed since 1895, Berluti was a natural choice for Hublot, who wanted to use the material in a watch – but beyond just its strap. The result? The Classic Fusion Berluti, which comes in two references, each with a matching leather dial and strap that’s paired to an appropriate case material. Of the two, the Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto shown here is arguably the more nuanced one. Its King Gold case is complemented by Berluti’s signature Venezia Scritto leather, rendered here in tobacco brown and finished with a patina to create a colour gradient. The final detailing varies across the watch; the leather used in the dial is embossed, while the material is laser etched with decorative calligraphy on the strap.Hublot-Classic-Fusion-Berluti-close-up-wow-basel-report

Although leather is an organic material that will eventually deteriorate, the process can be put off or even avoided entirely. To that end, the Classic Fusion Berluti’s dial has a layered construction, with the leather sandwiched between a brass base plate and a sapphire top plate (just 0.3mm thick) to isolate and protect it. The same goes for the watch’s hybrid strap of Venezia Scritto leather over rubber – a structure that keeps the leather from coming into direct contact with the wearer’s wrist.

The Classic Fusion Berluti Scritto has a limited run of just 250 pieces. Each timepiece is delivered with a presentation box that can double up as a shoebox, in a nod to Berluti’s core product, with a range of leather care products inside.

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Romain Jerome unleashes the second Batman-DNA timepiece, this time centred on Gotham City

Romain Jerome’s enthusiasm for creating pop culture-laden timepieces shows no signs of abating, and the brand has teamed up once again with Warner Bros. Consumer Products to offer a second Batman-themed timepiece. This new iteration, the Batman-DNA Gotham City, was inspired by Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight trilogy, and pays tribute to the eponymous city where Batman’s adventures take place. The watch shows a stylised bird’s-eye view of Gotham City’s skyscrapers, with the uncanny sense of depth achieved by engraving the dial into three separate layers to play with perspective.Romaine-Jerome-Gotham-City-close-up-watch

Naturally, a timepiece like this wouldn’t be complete without an appearance by the Caped Crusader himself. Batman’s logo sits dead centre on the dial as an appliqué, with a sandblasted top surface and hand-chamfered outline. The watch’s facetted bezel, reminiscent of the Batmobile’s angular profile, also makes its return in this watch and, like its predecessor, contains both sandblasted and polished surfaces.

With hardly any contrasting elements, the Batman-DNA Gotham City looks decidedly low-key on the wrist. Like Bruce Wayne, however, it has a secret hiding in plain sight. The lowest layer of “Gotham City” has been treated with a layer of blue Super-LumiNova, which glows in the dark to outline the Batman logo, as well as to accentuate the “height” of the “buildings” surrounding it.

Like the original Batman-DNA, the Batman-DNA Gotham City is limited to 75 pieces.

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The Raymond Weil Maestro Beatles Limited Edition celebrates the Fab Four’s career and proves that Beatlemania never truly went away

Raymond Weil turns 40 this year. What better way to celebrate this milestone, than with the release of a timepiece featuring the greatest band the world has ever seen? The Maestro Beatles Limited Edition is the result of Raymond Weil’s partnership with Apple Corps, the company that the Fab Four founded in 1968. Initially conceived as a tax haven, Apple Corps grew into a conglomerate representing the lads’ business interests, and currently owns the rights to The Beatles’s images and other intellectual properties, which Raymond Weil has licensed for use.Raymond-Weil-Maestro-Beatles-Limited-Edition-close-up

Unlike most other Beatles-themed products that are centred on a specific aspect of the band (Yellow Submarine, anyone?), the Maestro Beatles Limited Edition is a celebration of the group’s entire career. The timepiece has all 13 albums comprising its “core catalogue”, arranged chronologically in a clockwise direction beginning with Please Please Me at 12:30, and including Magical Mystery Tour, originally a US-only release. In lieu of text, Help!’s entry on the dial at four o’clock is a simplified version of the album’s cover, which had The Beatles posing in flag semaphore, thus doubling as a graphical representation of the band as well.

Both the silver dial and smoked sapphire case back bear the official The Beatles logo, so fans of the band can proudly wear their hearts on both their sleeves and wrists. Limited to 3,000 pieces.

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Luminox’s Spec Ops Challenge watch reveals a new dimension in the partnership between the brand and the US Navy SEALs

Luminox and the US Navy SEALs have formalised their relationship this year, and the brand is now an official licensee of the special operations unit. The ties between the two go beyond just active Navy SEAL operators though; Luminox has also partnered with retired Navy SEALs to offer the Special Operations Challenge (Spec Ops Challenge), which gives civilians a chance to experience Navy SEALs training for a day. The new Spec Ops Challenge watches were created to commemorate this collaboration, and comes in two versions based on the Navy SEAL Colormark 3050 and Authorised for Navy Use (ANU) 4220 models respectively.Luminox-Spec-Ops-Challenge-close-up

The Spec Ops Challenge watch here is based on the Navy SEAL Colormark 3050 and, like every other Luminox timepiece, uses tritium-filled glass tubes that emit a constant glow to display the time in the dark. The watch retains the original’s carbon-reinforced polycarbonate case, and thus its corresponding lightness, durability, and stealthy matte black finish. Its highly legible dial and bezel designs have also been kept largely intact, save for the large Spec Ops Challenge logo at six o’clock. Each Spec Ops Challenge watch ships with a polyurethane strap and an additional NATO fabric strap.

As a sign of the deepening relationship between Luminox and the Navy SEALs, part of the proceeds from the sale of each Spec Ops Challenge watch will go towards the Navy SEAL Foundation, which provides financial and other forms of support for the servicemen and families of the Naval Special Warfare community.

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Oris expands its Williams collection with a watch named after and dedicated to the team’s driver, Valtteri Bottas

Oris is the Williams F1 team’s longest standing partner, and the two have teamed up for the 14th consecutive season this year at the 2016 Formula One World Championship. To celebrate this collaboration, Oris launched the Williams collection last year with sporty timepieces referencing and dedicated to the team. The brand has followed up this year with a new model honoring the team’s driver, Valtteri Bottas.

The Williams Valtteri Bottas Limited Edition is based on the Williams Chronograph Carbon Fibre Extreme, and shares the latter’s hybrid case construction. The watch begins with a case middle of carbon fiber reinforced polymer weighing just 7.2g, which is produced by a patented process Oris adapted from F1 manufacturing techniques. Sheets of woven carbon fiber are first layered in a mould and impregnated with a resin, before the mixture is baked under five bars of pressure at 130 degrees Celsius, twice, to harden it into the final product. The watch’s dial is made of the same material, while its bezel and case back are in DLC-coated titanium instead. This combination of materials creates a light yet robust watch.Oris-Wiliams-Valtteri-Bottas-close-up

High-tech materials aside, the Williams Valtteri Bottas Limited Edition also draws links to the sport via its design, beginning with the use of color-coded detailing in blue and white that makes it a cinch to read the time and use the chronograph simultaneously. With the tachymeter on the bezel, the user is also able to make quick measurements of speed. Eagle-eyed observers will notice that the chronograph’s minute and hour totalisers reset to eight o’clock instead of 12 o’clock. The subtle modification is yet another nod to motoring, and references a car’s dashboard instruments.

The Williams Valtteri Bottas Limited Edition has a production run of just 770 numbered pieces. Each watch’s number is engraved onto its case back alongside Valtteri Bottas’s name as well as his car number: 77.

This story was first published in World of Watches.

Romain Jerome Hits New Highs with Super Mario Watch

Swiss edgy-luxury watchmaker RJ-Romain Jerome celebrates the Super Mario 30th anniversary with a limited edition Super Mario Bros timepiece collection.

Released in 1985, Super Mario is one of the most iconic Nintendo games ever created and has made appearances in more than 200 editions throughout the years.

Cased in a 46-mm black PVD-coated titanium case, RJ has brilliantly incorporated the pixelated Mario figure, complete with his famous red and blue overalls along with the mushroom ‘growth supplement’ icon, on the dial.

The time-only watch is powered by a mechanical self-winding movement and bears some noteworthy features including the power reserve of 42 hours and a water resistance of 30 meters. Basically this is what Switzerland thinks is a dress watch for Silicon Valley and follows up on RJ’s other geek-chic pieces such as the Pac Man and Space Invaders timepieces.

The RJ x Super Mario Bros watch comes with black rubber strap that is furnished with what the press release calls the “grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned” with black PVD-coated steel folding clasp.

This timepiece is limited to only 85 (a reference to the year 1985 of course) pieces at a retail price of US$18,950.

16 Ways to Bring Fun to Luxury Watches

It’s time to add some color to your watch collection – luxury doesn’t always have to be understated. Here are 16 watches, in four categories, that our friends at WOW (World of Watches) have curated that will do the trick.

Just a Hint

This is where the adage that less is more holds sway. With the right hue and application, a dash of color is sometimes all that is necessary, whether to demarcate different functions or to highlight specific parts of a watch.


Audemars Piguet Royal Oak Offshore Diver: This iteration of the Royal Oak Offshore Diver has a utilitarian slant that reinforces the collection’s tool watch DNA, beginning with a scratch-resistant case and bezel of black ceramic. A matching black dial maintains the serious vibes, while also adding a touch of class with its méga tapisserie guilloché – an Audemars Piguet signature. The crucial parts that divers rely on underwater have been highlighted orange here – the running second hand indicates that the watch is working, while the minute hand and 15-minute section of the inner bezel mark elapsed time underwater. (Price unavailable)


Rado Hyperchrome Automatic Chronograph Court Collection: Blue-on-black isn’t the best combination for legibility, since the former doesn’t pop on the latter. Rado overcame this limitation on the Hyperchrome Automatic Chronograph Court Collection by finishing the watch’s dial with a subtle sunray texture, thus accentuating the contrast between the two colours. Blue wasn’t chosen frivolously – it represents the hard court surface tennis is played on, just like how its siblings’ orange and green accents mirror clay and grass courts respectively. An ETA 2894-2 chronograph movement drives the watch, encased in a monobloc black ceramic case with stainless steel inserts. ($6,170)


Breitling Chronomat 44 Raven: Despite having a black dial encased in Breitling’s “black steel” case, the Chronomat 44 Raven is far from a stealthy watch. That isn’t a concern anyway, since the Raven is a pilot chronograph, which places a far higher premium on legibility. The latter is achieved by rendering the watch’s hands, indexes, bezel markings, and inner flange in bright orange, to make telling the time and using the chronograph a cinch. Of course, due attention has been paid to accuracy – the Raven packs Breitling’s chronometer-grade Calibre 01. ($13,840)


Raymond Weil Freelancer: This self-winding chronograph maintains the classic, understated styling that’s central to Raymond Weil’s DNA, but asserts its masculine and sporty side with subtle detailing. Note the watch’s industrial look with the screw bolting down the small seconds sub-dial, or the altimeter-esque date window that recalls a flight instrument panel. Red highlights set against a black and steel dial complete the package – both visually and functionally – by distinguishing the chronograph function from the rest of the watch, right down to the tachymeter’s markings. ($4,330)


Dial It Up

There’s nothing subtle about flooding the dial with a single vivid hue. Watches like these aren’t just easily recognised at a distance – they’re also bold statements that will be visible from across the room. Only the confident need apply.


Victorinox I.n.o.x. (pictured above): Built to mark the 130th anniversary of Victorinox, the I.N.O.X. (inox is French for stainless steel) is the timekeeping counterpart to the Swiss Army knives the brand manufactures, and meant to complement it as a “companion for life”. To that end, the watch had to pass a battery of 130 tests, including spending two hours in a washing machine and being driven over by a 64-ton tank. Numerous little details contribute to the watch’s toughness, from the slightly recessed sapphire crystal to having stamped – not applied – indexes. A simple, no-nonsense dial design emphasises the watch’s pedigree, with a blue dial and matching strap complementing this. ($719)


Luminox Scott Cassell UVP Special Edition: Luminox’s partnership with Scott Cassell continues with the UVP Special Edition. Part of this watch’s sales proceeds will go towards funding UVP (Undersea Voyager Project), a non-profit organisation founded by Cassell that is dedicated to ocean health. The watch’s 44mm case is made of carbon-reinforced polycarbonate, which imparts an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. A yellow dial with black hands and indices impart legibility, and a matching canvas strap completes the look. ($674.10)


JeanRichard Aeroscope Arsenal: Arsenal Football Club’s fans can wear their hearts proudly on their wrists by donning the Aeroscope Arsenal, its official watch. The timepiece features the Gunners’ cannon in lieu of a hand for its small seconds sub-dial, and uses the club’s color liberally. Red is an extremely striking colour in and of itself. When paired with black, it pops even more to grab one’s attention. From the honeycombed dial to the tachymeter markings on the bezel to the pushers’ detailing, the color ensures the watch’s prominence. (Price unavailable)


Seiko Automatic Divers Watch: This is the revised version of the Seiko diver watch commonly (and reverently) referred to as the Orange Monster. The “second generation Orange Monster” updates the original in several areas, including new shark-tooth shaped indexes and a simplified chapter ring. Its 4R36 movement is arguably the biggest change – unlike the original, the new watch can now be both hacked and hand-wound. The new calibre retains Seiko’s bidirectional Magic Lever winding system for efficiency though. Despite the availability of other colorways for the watch, Seiko enthusiasts still consider the Orange Monster a rite of passage. Clearly, not all colors are created equal. ($593.90)

Mix & Match

Playful. Technical. Rebellious. Whimsical. Avant-garde. The design approaches in response to having a larger palette are as varied as the colors themselves. Results too, run the gamut from what are literally art pieces to serious, sporty watches.


Hublot Classic Fusion Enamel Britto: Brazilian artist Romero Britto is known for his colorful works melding Cubism, pop art, and graffiti painting. His partnership with Hublot is of little wonder then, given the latter’s penchant for the “art of fusion”. The Classic Fusion Enamel Britto’s dial reproduces one of Britto’s artworks in miniature via grand feu enamel, with the 45mm Classic Fusion case in black ceramic serving as the painting’s frame. This timepiece is a 50-piece limited edition. ($59,700)


Romain Jerome Pac-Man Level II 40 Colours: The landmark arcade game returns! This homage to Pac-Man comes complete with eight-bit renderings of the game’s titular character, his adversary ghosts, and the strawberry power-ups needed to defeat them. Although the background is a drab monotone, no attention to detail has been spared – the “stage” is three-layered, and each one has either been bead-blasted or straight-grained to contrast with the lacquered sprites mounted on the dial. Housed in a 40mm case, this reference has a limited run of just 20 pieces. ($24,800)


Alexander Shorokhoff Miss Avantgarde: Words like “edgy” or “free-spirited” cannot adequately describe the Miss Avantgarde, what with its loud and flashy dial that uses color with seemingly no pattern. There is a method to Alexander Shorokhoff’s madness though. The time can actually be read easily as each design element is confined to a specific section of the watch. Colors have also been compartmentalized to avoid an overly busy dial, while the hands are white for maximum contrast. (Price unavailable)


Graham Chronofighter Oversize GMT: The Chronofighter Oversize GMT has a busy dial with red, blue, and white accents on a background of black. This is mirrored on the watch’s exterior, with its massive 47mm case sporting an equally colorful combination of steel, red gold, and black PVD surfaces. Interestingly, the chronograph, large date, and GMT complications haven’t been sorted by color. Instead, every part of the watch takes on its specific hues for maximum contrast – note how the bezel uses red gold against blue while the main dial has white against black instead. ($16,400)

Material Play

Paints and coatings aren’t the be all and end all for achieving colours that pop in a watch. Materials that are inherently brightly colored can do the same, and lend their unique textures to boot. Stones, glass, and even liquids? Bring them all on.


HYT H1 Azo Project: No, it isn’t kryptonite. The H1 Azo Project’s florescent case is made of azo polyepoxide, a resin with exceptional scratchproof properties despite being much lighter than comparable materials like steel. Its color is, of course, a perfect match for the liquids encased in the watch’s fluid module – one has been colored a darker shade of green, while the other remains transparent. The hours are then read off the tip of what looks like an advancing column of liquid. ($95,000)


Hermès Arceau Millefiori: From straw marquetry to Japanese miniature painting on porcelain, Hermès has incorporated various crafts into watchmaking. The Arceau Millefiori focuses on glass art, specifically millefiori (a thousand flowers), where colored crystal canes are arranged to form various motifs before being sealed with transparent crystal. The technique is adapted here by cutting the finished product into thin slices and using them as dials. ($61,600)


Ulysse Nardin Marine Perpetual: At first sight, the blue sapphires on the bezel are immediately apparent, and serve as the highlight of the Marine Perpetual. Upon closer inspection, however, the bezel itself is revealed to be atypical – it’s made of rubber, and the sapphires are set directly into it. The technique, dubbed “soft stone in the sky”, is revolutionary for setting gems in a soft material, and parallels the manufacture’s perpetual calendar movement, which allows forward and backward adjustments via just the crown. ($59,400)


Bell & Ross BR 03 Red Radar: Bell & Ross’s timepieces are inspired by cockpit instruments but said instruments were never just confined to dials with hands and indexes. One outlier was the BR 03 Red Radar, which took the world by storm upon its release, and remains frequently cited as a milestone product for the brand. In lieu of hands, three black concentric discs are mounted to the movement, with a red mineral glass crystal sealing the watch. The result? A watch that displays the time like a radar screen. ($S$6,700)


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Text by Jamie Tan

Photography by Raymond Lee

Art direction and styling by Tok Wei Lun

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA: Blackest Night

To be honest, we were more than a little surprised when we first caught wind of this watch. Despite Romain Jerome’s success at partnering with cultural icons such as Pac-Man and Space Invaders, and creating watches centred on them, the brand’s latest collaboration with DC Comics is quite different. After all, the games’ above have “retired” to become classics with a somewhat limited cultural capital, but the character Batman remains well and active. The fact that DC Comics (and its parent company Warner Bros) has chosen to work with Romain Jerome is a bellwether for the latter’s future partnerships to come.

Romain Jerome Batman Dna The 3The Batman-DNA here forms part of the RJ Collaborations universe, and falls under the Generational Icons collection. This watch was actually created to mark the 75th anniversary of the Batman comics, which was first published in May 1939. Within the pantheon of superheroes from DC Comics, Batman stands out for having no superpowers – he fights crime as a vigilante in Gotham city with his genius level intellect, athletic training, and gadgets. In contrast, his peers such as Superman and Wonder Woman are all meta-humans gifted with powers such as invulnerability or flight. Manuel Emch, CEO of Romain Jerome, cited this as his inspiration, and part of the reason for the collaboration.

The watch is housed in a black PVD steel case 46mm wide, and visually mirrors many aspects of the Dark Knight. The black colour scheme is, for example, a reference to the colour of his costume and vehicles. Colour aside, the angular facets on the bezel are meant to recall the sharp edges and multiple surfaces of the later Batmobiles, such as those in the recent movies directed by Christopher Nolan. The highlight of the timepiece is the Batman logo applique on the dial, which has a matt black lacquer finishing that renders it nondescript under normal conditions. In the dark, however, the excavated portion of the dial below and around the logo actually glows blue, despite appearing black in lighted conditions – Super-LumiNova has actually been painted in it. The result is apparent in the picture below, and reminiscent of the Bat signal used to summon the caped crusader.

Romain Jerome Batman Dna The 1Batman’s logo is also featured on the case back, in the middle of a ‘rough finished’ medallion which, according to the brand, accentuates the blackness of the timepiece. This watch is limited to 75 pieces, and retails for US$18,500/CHF14,950.

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Romain Jerome Steampunk Auto Colour: Over The Rainbow

Established just a decade ago in 2004, Romain Jerome is certainly iconoclastic, to put mildly. Its designs range from space-age futuristic to 19th century industrial, with memorable past releases including a collection with bezels containing materials salvaged from the sunken Titanic, and a separate series with dials crafted from lava stone ejected by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull volcano.

The brand’s new release expands upon its nautical themed Steampunk collection, and comes just in time for summer. Essentially variations of the existing Steampunk Auto collection, the new Steampunk Auto Colours range has been updated with a cleaner look whilst simultaneously increasing the watches’ visibility with dashes of colour.

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Entries from the Steampunk Auto Colours collection share a black PVD-coated steel case, which measures a hefty 50mm. Staying true to its namesake, the watch’s Calibre RJ-001-AS self-winding movement has been partially skeletonised – the blackened bridges with circular graining have been exposed – to go along with the visible screws, hand-worked indices and Romain Jerome’s signature screwed-down pistons with visible springs. The resultant look is steampunk through and through, and calls to mind the metallic and blackened engine rooms of the industrial revolution. In a nod to its nautical inspiration, the small seconds at nine o’clock comes in the shape of a propeller in lieu of a normal hand, while the hour and minute hands are shaped like anchors.Romain Jerome Steampunk Auto Colour 3

And now the highlight, literally. Timepieces from the collection feature matching coloured logos, crowns and Roman numeral hour markers at six and 12 o’clock. Your choice colours include red, orange, yellow, green, blue and white. In addition, the black alligator leather strap on each watch comes with matching coloured stitching, to create an overall look of a coloured accent on black with each watch. Each colour from the collection is limited to 99 pieces, and the watches will go for US$16,950 each. Summertime is already starting to look more vibrant. 

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RJ-Romain Jerome unveils new Eyjafjallajökull watch

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Four years after the Icelandic volcano with the nigh on unpronounceable name erupted, luxury watch label RJ-Romain Jerome has designed a new timepiece, the Eyjafjallajökull-Evo, to commemorate the event.

Starting April 14, 2010, the volcano’s eruption stranded over 100,000 air travelers around the globe. Europe’s airspace shut down for six days and nature forced man to stand still.

Watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome wanted to pay homage to the event for a second time, “a true testament to Mother Earth’s temper and man’s timeless respect when faced with her strength,” according to the company.


The brand’s offering to the ancient gods of fire and brimstone? A vintage looking evolution of the original Eyjafjallajökull-DNA watch, now boasting a 43mm black PVD-coated steel case designed by Daniel Haas.

Inside, the base of the dial features lava stone, with the tips of the minute and hour hands designed to look like grounded aircraft.

The Swiss watchmaker rounded the design off with a black alligator leather strap. The watch comes in a limited edition of 99 pieces and is priced at CHF 13,950 (approximately $15,900).

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Space Bound: Romain Jerome Skylab

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Above: Romain Jerome Skylab Red


It has been 40 years since NASA launched its first space station, the Skylab, and celebrating the 40th anniversary of this launch, Romain Jerome introduces its first skeleton watch to commemorate mankind’s leap for knowledge. This also marks a new achievement for the watch brand. Housed in a 44mm case, the five-layered skeletal structure of the movement consists of sleek lines, angled bridges and more prominently the spaces of ‘nothingness’ within the watch that emphasises the anti-gravitational concept of floating in space.

Everything about the watch is kept clean – fewer visible screws than the usual Romain Jerome cases, hollowed lugs for a lighter feel and enlarged paws on the outside… All in a bid to shift the attention to the chic and clean aesthetical design of the skeleton watch. Geometric angles of the skeletonisation resembles a mother board – how apt for the brand that’s always in touch with its inner geek. Tying it back to the DNA concept, the watch’s bezel contains fragments of Apollo 11, thus making it a true representation of space exploration.

Limited to 99 pieces, three variations of this watch will be released: Skylab Heavy Metal in steel, Skylab Speed Metal in black PVD-coated steel, and Skylab Red in 5N red gold. Romain Jerome is available in Singapore at The Hour Glass boutiques.

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Above: Romain Jerome Skylab Speed Metal

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Above: Romain Jerome Skylab Heavy Metal  

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The RJ-Romain Jerome Spacecraft Watch

Romain Jerome Spacecraft

Luxury watchmakers RJ-Romain Jerome have unveiled their first ever pilot’s watch, a timepiece aptly named the Spacecraft.

The timepiece was created in partnership with RJ’s Manuel Emch and watch designers Eric Giroud and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

The angular timepiece features a self-winding complication manufactured specially for Romain Jerome at Wiederrecht’s Geneva-based manufacturing facility Agenhor.

The titanium case is an unusual trapeze-shape with black PVD-coating and a rectilinear profile that has a faceted surface.

The minutes are showcased by a black rotating disc with a red indicator on the sapphire crystal on the top of the case, while the linear hour display is read off laterally, making it easy to read with a glance at the wrist.

The movement features a type of spring-driven carriage that drives the hour display visible on the side of the watch by means of a red-lacquered cursor moving beneath the metallised sapphire crystal every 60 minutes.

Time-setting is done via a screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock, with the Spacecraft timepiece finished with a black polyamide mesh strap.

The RJ-Romain Jerome Spacecraft watch is available for $33,400 in the limited edition of 99 pieces.

Romain Jerome Liberty DNA Watch

Romain Jerome Liberty DNA Watch

Romain Jerome Liberty DNA Watch

Swiss luxury watch company RJ-Romain Jerome, has unveiled the Liberty-DNA watch to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty.

Fragments of the statue were recovered during the centenary restoration work and were passed to Romain Jerome, who incorporated them into the Liberty-DNA dial.
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Romain Jerome Space Invaders Watches colours

Romain Jerome Space Invaders Watches

Romain Jerome Space Invaders Watches colours

Just a few months ago Romain Jerome announced a licensing deal authorizing the manufacture of a Space Invaders-themed timepieces–and now they have arrived!

In a nod to 1980’s pop culture, Romain Jerome has introduced two 78-piece limited edition watches featuring the iconic Space Invaders characters on the dial.

Taito Corp. created Space Invaders in 1978 and is also known as the developer of Arkanoid, another popular favorite video game from these times.
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romain jerome Steampunk

Romain Jerome Steampunk Watch

romain jerome Steampunk

Galvanised by the ever-growing Titanic DNA shock wave, Romain Jerome has decided to enrich its collection with an explosive timepiece named Steampunk.

The watch is “steampunk” because it has little pistons, gears, and odd numerals on an otherwise bog-standard timepiece.

The Romain Jerome Steampunk watch will be limited to just 2,012 pieces with a price of12,500 Swiss Francs ($13,000).
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Romain Jerome Eyjafjallajökull – DNA Watch

As the smoke barely clears one brand is already seeking to capitalize on all the chaos and disruption caused by Iceland’s Eyjafjallajökull.

Romain Jerome introduces the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA, a unique-piece memento of the eruption that tortured air travelers and newsreaders the world over.

Like the other pieces in the DNA series the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA incorporates an element of the event it is celebrating in its design.

Just as the Moondust-DNA featured actual dust from the moon on the dial, so too does the Eyjafjallajökull feature actual ash and rock from the volcano.
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Luxury watch : Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Limited Edition

If you really loved that Titanic movie then you’d probably also be interested in owning a piece of the infamous luxury liner.

Romain Jerome, a Swiss watchmaker has created a new timepiece called the Titanic DNA which uses parts of the actual ship in its construction.

The watchface has a black dial thanks to a lacquer paint made with coal recovered from the wreck and the housing will be composed of precious metals like platinum in addition to steel procured from what’s left of the ship.
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Romain Jerome Day&Night Watch

Luxury watchmakers are well positioned to escape a possible slowdown in consumer spending as they target wealthy customers who are increasingly willing to splash out on extravagant and unique watches.

Swiss watchmaker Romain Jerome’s “Day&Night” watch — which does not tell the time, only whether it is night or day — sold out within 48 hours of its launch earlier this year as watch fanatics snapped up the $300,000 timepiece.
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