Thursday, November 8, 2012
Romain Jerome Celebrates Day of the Dead
The Spaniards not liking this so called Pagan ritual, but unable to stymy this tradition moved the date to November 1st and 2nd so it coincided with "All Saints Day" and "All Souls Day".
Unlike Halloween which evokes ghouls, ghosts and other ghastly depictions, DIA DE LOS MUERTOS honor the dead in celebration. Brightly colored skull masks, skull confections and skull puppets decorate the day, much of which is spent at the graveside of loved ones. The graves are often decorated with marigold flowers and candles. Some build alters in their home for offering love and remembrance to the departed.
With so many skull motifs out there - think of Bell & Ross skull watch representing the Second World War Airborne paratroopers (Death From Above) or Corum's obsession with the creepier side of skulls - it is necessary to clearly distinguish the motif of skull representation. I think Romain Jerome has done an exemplary job in this regard. The brightly colored skull skillfully hand-crafted in colorful applique with champlevé decoration and cold enameled in seven symbolic colors, is clearly the skull depiction of "DIA DE LOS MUERTOS" or "Day of the Dead". The seven skull colors signify the seven stages a departed soul must travel before finding eternal peace. The 46mm black PVD coated steel case encases an in-house Caliber RJ001 Mechanical self-winding movement. Beneath the skull on the mirror polished dial, Romain Jerome has placed its signature X shape engraving extending to the four black ceramic "paws" placed on the black ceramic bezel on either side of the lugs. Below the 3 'o'clock position resides a polished Romain Jerome logo. The blackness of the dial, case and strap serve as an intense backdrop to the striking brightness of the skull.
Black Satin brushed skeletonized hands are coated with a C1 Superluminova "blue emission" for read out in the dark.
A "Día de los Muertos" medallion is engraved on the case back. The watch is affixed to the wrist with a black hornback alligator strap
Two models, one with a cross and one without, will be available in a limited edition of 25 pieces per model.
The retail price is 15,900 US Dollars