This year marks the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. More than 1,500 people were killed when the luxury ocean liner sank in the Atlantic Ocean on that fateful day of April 15, 1912. At 41°43´32´´N, 49°56´49´´ W, she is resting 3,840 meters below the surface…
While numerous cities solemnly commemorated this important day, and the film industry re-introduced the 1997 blockbuster (now in 3D), a boutique Swiss high-end watch brand Romain Jerome paid tribute to this history-shaking event in its own way – by creating an highly exclusive line called the “Titanic DNA“.
The original concept was introduced in 2005, but the best models were introduced just one year ago.
Issued in a limited edition of 2012 pieces (2012 being the year of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic) for the standard time only model, 500 pieces for the automatic chronograph, and 500 for the solid all 18K rose gold model, the signature feature of these timepieces is an oxidised bezel made of an extraordinary amalgamation of original steel from the hull of the Titanic along with modern shipbuilding steel plate from the Harland & Wolff shipyards where the most luxurious ocean liner was built almost a century ago.
The oxidized steel (a.k.a “rust”) has gone through a special stabilizing process, so the deterioration is “locked in”, and the owner can enjoy the special look and feel of oxidation – something that only many many years of history can achieve.
This world-first process is authenticated by a certificate of origin from the Harland & Wolff shipyard – comes with every watch purchase.
The dial is made of deep-black carbon watch dials using genuine coal dust recovered from the boiler room of the legendary vessel.
Other distinctive characteristics include hands inspired by the anchor of the Titanic, and small counters and numerals reminiscent of the ship’s steam pressure gauges.
For the chronograph model, the automatic rotor is shaped like an anchor.
JZ&F is proud to carry a small allocation of the prestigious and highly sought-after Romain Jerome “Titanic DNA” line, completely brand new, and as always, at heavy discounts that give the lowest prices in the world.
Time only model. Limited to 2012
18K solid rose gold model. Only 500 made.
Beautifully finished movement on the chronograph model, with the anchor-shaped automatic-winding rotor
The box and the certificate from Harland and Wolff, certifying the origin of the watch bezel.