THE DARK KNIGHT RE­TURNS

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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

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