ROMAIN JEROME DC VILLAINS LIMITED EDITION WATCHES
Updated: Nov 26, 2019
RJ Watches have unveiled the latest collaboration with DC Comics channeling a dark side the limited edition watches pay homage to two of Batman's arch enemies: The Joker & Two Face.
The Geneva-based watchmaker is no stranger to working with DC Comics having created several Batman themed limited edition back in 2016.
The Joker is a self-winding chronograph presented in a circular satin-brushed 45mm titanium version of RJ’s ARRAW case. Noticeable for its four iconic rubber RJ Bumpers™, beautifully shaped lugs and heart-shaped hands, the ARRAW watch case is crowned by a titanium bezel that is laser engraved with an intentionally chaotic Joker motif.
Beneath the anti-reflective sapphire glass, each Joker dial in the 100-piece limited is individually hand-painted, meaning no two Joker watches will have the exact same make-up.
Beneath the anti-reflective sapphire glass, each Joker dial in the 100-piece limited edition is individually hand-painted, meaning no two Joker watches will have the exact same make-up. The watch dial itself is a stylistic interpretation of the Joker’s own face, with a pressed ‘plaster’-finish that is then intricately airbrushed to evoke the make-up of the Gotham villain: two black eyes sit at the centre of the dial which fades to white at the edges to reflect the Joker’s striking skin tones.
The hands on the Joker watch are also uniquely stylised with playing card ‘Aces’ at their tips. The same ‘Aces’ are used as dial markers while the chronograph’s second hand is finished in Joker Purple with a stylised ‘J’ at its base.
The reverse of the titanium case features a bold laser-engraved portrait on the rotor of the Joker himself, and each watch in the edition is individually numbered as a ‘One of 100 Limited Edition’.
Every RJ Joker watch comes with three interchangeable straps in bright green or purple with contrast stitching match the Joker’s hair and clothing and can be easily swapped by simply pressing the Batman logo release screw on the watch lugs.
The Two-Face watch is a remarkable interpretation of the complex and conflicted villain who, as Gotham City’s district attorney, used to be one of Batman’s biggest allies. It has a manual winding movement in striking skeleton format and distressed design cues to evoke the twisted physical and mental state of the crazed criminal. The left-hand side of the watch is intentionally clean and structured, while on the right side, the three-layer skeleton movement is exposed to show the inner workings of the watch, as if acid itself had burnt away the outer casing and dial.
The Two-Face watch uses a half-exposed manual skeleton movement with 48-hour reserve. Designed by RJ, the movement features chamfered edges and straight angles and sits within a circular satin-brushed 45mm titanium ARRAW case. By using an ARRAW case, the Two-Face watch sports the four iconic rubber RJ Bumpers™, beautiful lugs and arrow-shaped hands that are core to all ARRAW-based watches.
The Two-Face watch is immediately distinguishable, however, thanks to its distressed outer bezel, in which the laser-engraved titanium bezel and calf leather strap have been intentionally structured along the right-hand side to echo the symmetrical disfiguring of Two-Face himself.
The dial itself, which sits beneath anti-reflective sapphire glass, reflects Two-Face’s personalities. The clean, structured left side carries a laser-engraved coin, which Two-Face famously spins to make life and death decisions and which, on the watch, serves as a turning second hand.
Like the watch itself, the calf leather strap is designed to have a clean and distressed side. Using a process unique to RJ, the right edge of the strap is given both a visual and tactile nature. The strap can be changed by pushing the release buttons in the form of original Batman logos on the case lugs.
As part of the collectors’ edition, each watch will be presented with an exclusive Two-Face coin, specialy struck to commemorate the creation of the watch.