Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut Watch Releases

For the 75th Anniversary of Batman, Swiss Romain Jerome has partnered with DC Comics to produce the Batman-DNA collection of limited edition watches. There is one version of the watch, and it is limited to just 75 pieces, with a Batman logo on the dial and case shaped with angles on the bezel to remind of the Batmobile. It might appear as though there are two versions, but it is just a "light and darkness shot" of the watch with and without the luminant glowing. This is the first watch relationship between Romain Jerome and DC Comics, but the concept is by no means a surprise, given Romain Jerome's history of making limited edition watches in honor of pop culture icons.

Romain Jerome and Batman fans will love the new limited edition watch, but it won't win any converts who are more interested in traditional horological fare. In many ways, the almost $20,000 timepiece is the ultimate Batman fan-boy wearable. It captures the dark, strong essence of the modern Batman characters nicely, and the design isn't so over-the-top that the watch cannot be worn outside of comic book enthusiasts events and meetings. What I don't understand is where the "DNA" part comes in.

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut Watch Releases

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut Watch Releases

Most Romain Jerome "DNA" watches contain some pieces of something related to the subject matter of the watch. This all started with the RJ Titanic DNA watches (hands-on review here) that contained small amounts of metal collected from the sunken Titanic ship. This concept continued into other areas with watches that contains small amounts of dust from the moon, and to watches like the Romain Jerome DeLorean DNA watch that contained small amounts of metal from an actual DeLorean car.

For the RJ Batman-DNA watch it does not appear as though the watch contains any metal or other "DNA" from anything related to Batman. No doubt Romain Jerome tried to do so though. I gather that they tried to get some metal pieces from one of the Batmobile movie props to include in the set of limited edition watches.

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut Watch Releases

Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Watch Debut Watch Releases

The Romain Jerome Batman-DNA watches are 46mm wide, in PVD black-coated steel cases. The rear of the watch contains a Batman "medallion" while the face of the watch has the Batman logo over a neat "broken tile style" face design. Compare the intricate design with something like the Memorigin Batman The Dark Knight Rises Tourbillon watch from a few years ago. Other high-end companies to recently produce Batman-themed watches include Italian writing instrument and watch maker Montegrappa.

Inside the Romain Jerome Batman-DNA watch is a base Swiss automatic movement and attached to the cases is a black hornback crocodile strap. The dial of the watch is all black, but the luminant glows blue. The dial shots here are a "day view" as well as "night view" with "blue emission" SuperLumiNova luminant glowing. Limited to 75 pieces, the Romain Jerome Batman-DNA ref. RJ.T.AU.WB.001.01 watch is priced at $18,500. romainjerome.ch

What do you think?
  • I want it! (21)
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  • thornwood36

    I wouldn’t have this on my wrist in a million years.

  • Great find Ariel – end of year bonus, sounds great.  I’ll take mine in blue!

  • Correction, now that I read things closer (and realize the blue is the lume shot) – I’ll take one of the 75, serial number not important.

  • Jimxxx

    I would prefer a Tabasco enema to wearing this horror.

  • BIGCHRONO

    “The Dark Blight”.

  • Ulysses31

    I like Batman a lot.  This is actually a pretty good effort for RJ.  The result is a timepiece that might as well be crafted from some sort of plastic; it’d look roughly the same and come in at a hundredth of the price.  Yep, RJ sure knows how to make a very expensive watch look cheap.  The glowing background lume looks cool even though it doesn’t help you tell the time in the dark at all, not that you should ever expect practicality or logic from anything RJ pushes out.  It’s hard for me to see how a two-hander with a base movement in steel can cost $20,000.

  • star42

    I hope watch brands will stop trying to make a “Batman” watch. It’s just silly. The best attempt thus far has been JLC’s Reverso, and that because it’s actually worn by Bruce Wayne in the film (which fits the character), and it doesn’t have the Bat logo plastered all over the watch. Any other attempts at placing the logo prominently on the watch just seems contrived.

  • DG Cayse

    A ready item for the ‘Hollywood’ crowd.

    There is one born every minute.

  • AK74

    $18K for this?!

  • Eeeewwww!! “Batman” DNA? I shudder to think how Mr. Jerome got his hands around the subject (with rubber gloves on?) to extract the “DNA”…

  • Seriously, remove the batman references and just present this styling, and it’s probably my favourite RJ watch ever.
    I really want to know who this watch is for. It is not aimed at batman fans. 75 seems like a really big LE for a watch like this.

  • socabaptist

    I try to be positive or at least not too critical. I’ll just say that (to me) this is in very poor taste, I want to use other language but restraint shall be the order of the day. The price, is the final poke in the eye.

  • bdekok

    (smiles) This watch will be a adored by some.  But not by me.

  • 5803822

    For $18K I’d be expecting a bit of Batwing /claw/fang somewhere –  still it’s attractive/imaginative but with a base (ETA?) Swiss movt it does’nt quite live up to RJ’s standards.

  • marbstiu

    this is worse than the JLC 1931 reverso batman edition…

  • PhilR

    Things like this are the reason Ra’s al Ghul wants to destroy Gotham.

  • Jimxxx

    They collected it from Robin’s body cavities….

  • joshgraves

    The blue luminant on the black dial is a cool effect.  Other than that, its a bit too fan-boy for my tastes.

  • SN0WKRASH

    Every once-in-awhile I like to pop in on a piece that is getting hammered in the comments and say out loud that I like it.  Why? Because I’m a masochist and and can’t wait for a bunch of sweaty men to pile on top of me and tell me I’m an idiot? No, although that does sound a little hot sometimes.  I know that in two dimensional views of a photo, it’s easy for some watch materials (especially on watches associated with comic book characters) to appear plastic or cheap.  Some of these very same watches in the three dimensions of real life end up really not looking that way at all.  I really think that if I saw this in person, and saw the effect of the lume, I’d really be down with this one.  Hey, as far as the Batman watch offerings go, this one seems the coolest (yes, the Reverso is the classiest) to me so far and actually incorporates the Bat Signal in an interesting way.  Okay, get sweaty and pile on 😉  I’m ready!

  • I don’t think any part of this offering necessarily looks ‘cheap’: I’m sure the materials, construction, and finishing is quite nice; it’s the co-branding that kills it for me. And I’m a batman fan. Once Michael Keaton, George clooney, val Kilmer, christian bale, and he’ll even toss one burt wards way (not Adam west though) who is lining up for one of the other 70 pieces at $20k? I get that this is not considerable money for some, but even within that group who buys it. Do the super rich light cigars with $20,000 bills? That’s kinda the equivalent.
    Anyway, I’m not sweaty. But I could be persuaded into the right pile-on.

  • DG Cayse

    WWBWW?
    “What Would Bruce Wayne Wear”

  • DG Cayse

    SN0WKRASH “Okay, get sweaty and pile on 😉  I’m ready!”
    Too easy. (once its on the internet – it never goes away)…;)

  • Zeitblom

    RJ strikes another mighty blow in its effort to look even more clueless than Hublot.

  • Ulysses31

    SN0WKRASH Several of the older regulars just had a heart-attack.

  • Dan Baxter

    This thing is FUGLY, but then, I’ve never been a
    fan of Romain Jerome watches.The blue
    glow isn’t too awful, but overall, it’s just a “miss,” especially at that
    pricepoint.

  • Dan Baxter

    DG Cayse I’m pretty sure it isn’t this monstrosity.

  • Hacker4748

    I love Batman and respect Romain Jerome but for me, this lacks style.

  • Lurch

    I think the name should be changed to Batman Behemoth, especially at 46mm.  If it had a Bat signal that shined in the sky, I would be tempted to sell my Hyundai Sonata and buy it.  Just kidding – I don’t have a unique taste for this watch.

  • iamcalledryan

    I love the pacman and space invaders, but this one goes in the same pile as the Transformers tourbillon!

  • shinytoys

    If one could only turn Guano into cash…I like it.

  • spiceballs

    Ulysses31 SN0WKRASH  oh my heart, my heart, be still  – – –

  • spiceballs

    RJ have created some interesting faceting on the case which together with the 4 add-ons make it seemingly like Batman’s car and together with the dial give it nice “depth”.  But unfortunately it looks to me like it should be in a plastic packet on a shelf in the Batman section of Toys-R-Us?

  • Frauss

    Jimxxx One of the best comments EVER!!!!

  • Fraser Petrick

    “Holy Jelly Bean, Batman, what time is it?”
    “That’s a negative, Robin. No can tell.”
    “Well, gee whiz Batman, look at your $18,500 Romain Jerome!”
    “Still a negative, lil partner. let’s head back to Wayne Mansion and I’ll get my trusty Timex Expedition, and then save Gotham.”
    “Right you are, Batman!”

  • DanGordon

    mattxm85 aBlogtoWatch so cool! Love RJ!

  • mattxm85

    DanGordon aBlogtoWatch My birthday is November 9th. Soooo spread the word! Lol.

  • DanGordon

    mattxm85 aBlogtoWatch hahaha! We need to start a Kickstarter! LOL

  • mattxm85

    DanGordon aBlogtoWatch That is a great idea.

  • ScubaPro

    I say make green version, replace the bat w/ a fist and call it the Incredible Bulk. The sky’s the limit after that.

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