Iconoclastic indie brand Romain Jerome teamed up with DC Comics in 2014 to produce the Batman-DNA timepiece, a limited edition inspired by Gotham City’s Dark Knight. In its first outing as part of the SIHH’s Carré de Horlogers, the brand crossed over to the Marvel Comics Universe of costumed super-characters, launching the new RJ x Spider-Man, a ticking tribute to Marvel’s friendly neighborhood web-slinger.
The watch comes in Romain Jerome’s round “Skylab” case, with the four stylized “paws” at the corners, made of black PVD-coated stainless steel and measuring a super-heroic 48 mm in diameter. In the center of the opeworked dial is a spider-shaped appliqué familiar to fans of Peter Parker’s wall-crawling alter ego, made of sandblasted black chrome and hand-filled with red lacquer, held to the front of the skeletonized movement by two screws. Sweeping over the eye-catching arachnid symbol are Romain Jerome’s familiar arrow-tipped hands, made of satin-brushed nickel and coated with a “blue emission” Super-LumiNova.
The skeletonized, manual-winding Caliber RJ004-M that powers the Skylab Spider-Man features the black-chromed, three-layer, straight-lined design that has been a hallmark of Romain Jerome watches, with its balance wheel visible on the front side. The movement has a power reserve of 48 hours and a frequency of 28,800 vph, and its rear side is visible through a sapphire window in the black PVD caseback, underneath a metallized spiderweb pattern on the sapphire’s surface. The case, with a screw-locked crown helping ensure a water-resistance of 30 meters, is attached to a black rubber strap with a black PVD-coated folding clasp. Limited to just 75 pieces, the Romain Jerome Skylab Spider-Man has a suggested retail price of $19,500.
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