134 Skin Trade

Ro­main Jerome Tat­too-dna by Xoil cel­e­brates body art with­out the sting

World of Watches (Singapore) - - Contents - WORDS YEO SUAN FUTT

Ro­main Jerome Tat­too-dna by Xoil cel­e­brates body art with­out the sting

What­ever one’s views about tat­toos – cool, not cool – it’s much harder to deny that it is art. Draw­ing on dead can­vasses is hard enough; do­ing the same on stretchy, twitchy skin with all its im­per­fec­tions and blem­ishes can­not be eas­ier, much less mak­ing glo­ri­ous mu­rals of it that turn in­di­vid­u­als into walk­ing art ex­hibits.

With the Tat­too-dna by Xoil, one can tap into the wild, cre­ative spirit of this medium with­out trust­ing one’s own hide to a stranger. And Xoil is among the fore­most names in the genre, with his sig­na­ture meld of vin­tage and graphic art laden with nar­ra­tive and com­men­tary. Ro­main Jerome, too, is a sea­soned hand at tramp­ing to the ends of the phys­i­cal and emo­tional worlds for trea­sures to ref­er­ence in the safety of its watch di­als, rang­ing from bits of the Ti­tanic, sprin­kles of ac­tual moon dust, to im­pos­si­bly be­witch­ing ren­ders of video game iconog­ra­phy. Ev­ery Ro­main Jerome watch is unique; the few at­tributes they share be­tween them that bind them to the brand are that they are loud, and con­tain (or cap­ture) some­thing pre­cious with a truck­load of spunk. By this ac­count, tat­too art seems a nat­u­ral match with Ro­main Jerome watches, and the com­pany has in­deed cre­ated some­thing beau­ti­ful in its col­lab­o­ra­tion with Xoil.

It be­gins with the calf-leather strap: Xoil tat­tooed five works (themed Be­lief, Bal­ance, Feel­ing, Per­cep­tion, and Emo­tion), each span­ning the breadth of five straps, to make 25 watches. That’s the en­tire lot of this lim­ited edi­tion. See­ing that Xoil had amassed a trove of enamel di­als in his per­sonal col­lec­tion of cu­rios, Ro­main Jerome de­cided on a grand feu enamel dial for the watch: a beau­ti­ful, clas­si­cally ex­e­cuted face with rail­road track chap­ter and Ro­man nu­mer­als. But be­ing Ro­main Jerome, it then split the dial in two with a wa­ter jet, to re­veal the Rjde­signed skele­tonised move­ment be­neath. It’s got a splash of that Vic­to­rian or­der to mir­ror Xiol’s art, el­e­gantly spaced with right-an­gled bridges and the bal­ance os­cil­lat­ing dead-cen­tre at six o’clock. At the same time, the clas­si­cal blued hands have also been given a twist, be­ing shaped like the very nee­dles that Xoil em­ploys for his craft.

A fit­tingly beau­ti­ful trib­ute to a con­tem­po­rary, evolv­ing art form; RJ demon­strates again that the watch is no mere in­stru­ment or ac­ces­sory. It’s also a fine per­sonal can­vas for en­cap­su­lat­ing pre­cious flights of fancy. MOVE­MENT Man­ual-wind­ing with 48-hour power re­serve CASE 44mm black Pvd-coated steel, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 30m

STRAP Beige hand-tat­tooed calf leather with black Pvd-coated pin buckle

PRICE US$24,500

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