Dubai Watch Week just closed the sun-soaked doors of its 2016 edition during which much of the watch world (either vicariously or personally) enjoyed discovering new watches, interesting opinions, the culture of Dubai, the United Arab Emirates’ fastest growing city, and the immense hospitality of Ahmed Seddiqi & Sons, who staged the incredible show.
Skulls are a big thing in fashion and Romain Jerome luxury watch brand has added a skeleton skull watch to its range, with 12 colour versions. You could say that there is one for each month, but there is no real significance to the colours: CEO and creative director Manuel Emch simply chose his favourites from the possible range of colours available for anodized aluminium. The watch is based on the existing Skylab 48 collection, in which the case contains a minimal part of the Apollo 11 space ship. Horizontal skeletonized bars reveal the balance wheel at 6 o’clock. The aluminium skull is placed on top of the bridges.
The hour and minutes hands are rhodium plated, with a coating of blue-emission SuperLuminova. The watch has a 48 mm case in black PVD-coated steel, with steel brushed steel lugs, and a black alligator strap with stainless steel folding clasp. Sapphire watchglass and sapphire display caseback reveal something of the movement, though it is not as visible as in the original Skylab 48.
Is Tetris educational? At first sight, the game seems to encourage spatial ability as it calls for the visualization of geometrical shapes and their rotation. But in actual fact, according to a scientific study, experienced Tetris players just become good at Tetris and this spatial expertise doesn’t transfer to other areas of cognitive ability.
Romain Jerome’s skull watch was inspired by the work of artist John M. Armleder. Romain Jerome and Armleder collaborated to create a collection of 10 unique timepieces, all bearing the image of a skull, a recurring motif in Armleder’s work. The skull is a raised appliqué with a lacquered underside, the color of which can only be seen in the reflective dial.
In Romain Jerome Spacecraft: Batman, a gritty re-imagined the original. The agency’s work has been mattified, and decorated with deeply etched Batman logo. Modern interpretation on this watch are the highest of all the latest Dark Knight. In the case of Romain Jerome spacecraft: apparently similar to the recent Batman Christopher Nolan series of avant-garde Batmobile (or “tumbler”). The logo itself is sharp and angular, but nowhere near the bumbling black xanthan Adam West is known for.