Romain Jerome Reveal Piece for Only Watch 2011
written by A.Morgan - 21st Jun 2011
It’s the turn of lateral-thinking watchmaker Romain Jerome to reveal their entrant into the Only Watch 2011 auction that we first mentioned here. Architects of such watches as the Titanic DNA and the Eyjafjallajökull DNA (that both incorporate actual pieces of their namesakes into the final creations), Romain Jerome have used this DNA theme as the basis for their Only Watch design.
As the Only Watch auction is to be held in Moncao, it seems only fitting that the DNA of Monaco itself was added to the watch, so – with his highnesses permission – a piece of limestone was taken from a wall next door to the royal palace and fashioned into a dial. Two red lines have then been applied to the dial (one of which continues along the black alcantara strap), marked with the latitude and longitude of the principality of Monaco – presumably to remind the owner where the contents of his watch came from.
The watch, aptly named, ‘Rock the Rock,’ is encased in a mix of black PVD’d steel and black ceramics and is powered by the automatic C22RJ51 movement. It is quite a subdued offering from the normally ultra-eccentric brand, but nevertheless it still captures the off-beat spirit that makes Romain Jerome so utterly bonkers. Whatever happens, it’s sure to raise a lot of money for a very good cause, and who can argue with that.