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YPCAI: Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Dual Tourbillon Night And Day Spiral Watch

by Michael Weare
10 December, 2012
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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Dual Tourbillon Day And Night Spiral Watch

YPCAI, You Probably Can’t Afford It, highlights watches with a stratospheric price tag, although in this case, part of the reason the watch we are featuring is stratospheric in price is because the deep black coal dial was obtained from coal actually recovered from a famous vessel that sank to the cold and murky depths of the Atlantic in April 1912 – the Titanic.

Romain Jerome obtained genuine materials including fragments of metal and coal to create his Titanic DNA range. This model is top of the line. Only 9 pieces were made, so getting hold of one can be a challenge, and that’s providing you have the $239,300 asking price.

The watch, designed by Yvan Arpa, who recently created the Werewolf Blood and Bullets watch for his own range from the ArtyA Collection, is a complex fusion of materials salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic that lies 3,840 metres under the sea, and from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast where the Titanic’s life began almost a century ago.

As you can see, the watch bezel appears to be rusted. It is made from genuine stabilised rusted Titanic metal, to create the effect of having sat lost and unloved underwater for many decades. Romain Jerome devised a unique process to stop the rust corroding any further, a first in the watchmaking industry.

Titanic coal bunker

The black coal dial features exposed tourbillon carriages at 12 and 6 o’clock. The sequential double tourbillion includes a 5 night day tourbillon carriage in red gold while the night tourbillon carriage is in steel.

The Calibre RJ One manual-winding mechanical movement with dual tourbillion is water resistant to 50 metres, so in reality, it’s splash-proof rather than sink proof.

The extra large 46mm casing is made from PVD. The watch comes on a crocodile full hornback strap with a black steel folding clasp.

A couple of months ago a man was arrested by Indian Customs officials for trying to smuggle one of these rare watches into the country. Custom officials believe he was smuggling the watch for a well heeled Titanic enthusiast in either Delhi or Mumbai. “We are trying to find out whom he was supposed to hand the watch over to. This watch is rare, one of the nine pieces existing around the world, and only somebody from an extremely affluent family could afford it,” said the official.

They got that right, the cost of a first class suite aboard Titanic in today’s money would be around $83,200, only around one third of the value of the watch.

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Michael Weare has been a professional writer for 30 years, writing about Japanese technology, German and Italian cars, British tailoring and Swiss watches. Michael manages the editorial content of Click Tempus and will be keeping the magazine fresh and informative with regular features, as well as bringing great writers to the magazine. Email: michael@clicktempus.com

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