THE DARK KNIGHT RETURNS
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.
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. MOVEMENT Self-winding RJ001-A with 42-hour power reserve CASE 46mm in Pvd-coated steel, water resistant to 30m STRAP Black hornback crocodile with Pvd-coated deployant buckle PRICE $25,500