Watches: RJ-Romain Jerome Día de los Muertos Clássico
By Thierry Ané on June 11, 2015
If there is one thing you can't take away from RJ-Romain Jerome is that when they have a good design idea, they stick to it! Indeed, this week the brand is unveiling three new iterations of the “Día de los Muertos” timepiece. A detailed list of all previous models would be too tedious here as these newcomers join the 13 other versions already featured in the Watch Agora database and the many limited renditions made for a specific retailer (like the model for Harrod’s) for which I do not have decent pictures. After so many iterations, the element of surprise is no longer present and the watches leave us with a certain “déjà vu” feeling.
That being said, the “Día de los Muertos Clássico” trilogy remains fun and iconoclastic as their predecessors. In line with the general trend of the brand to release smaller-size watches, these models crafted in stainless steel with black PVD coating boast a diameter of 43 mm instead of the usual 46 mm. They are powered by the RJ002-A mechanical movement. This self-winding calibre with 40 hours of power reserve only displays the time with two central hands and beats at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
All three models are mounted on black alligator and present a black PVD steel bezel with beautiful “Calaveras” engravings, namely a combination of skull and arabesque-like patterns. The skull motif is also found on the black mirror-polished background dial of each version making them more exuberant than past versions.
On the first version, both the traverses and skull are set with black spinels and the teeth are represented by 16 white diamonds for a retail price of US$ 36,950. At US$ 18,500, the second alternative is definitely more affordable but equally great looking: the traverses are just shiny black with an applied “RJ” logo and the skull appliqué is adorned with modern cold enamelled champlevé decorations in silver. The last model departs from the almost all-black look with vibrant traverses set with rubies. Its skull retains the same champlevé motif as the previous model and the price tag is US$ 24,500. Each rendition is limited to 99 pieces.
For more information please visit the RJ-Romain Jerome web site.