'I'm Batman' — or at least a part of you is, when you don the guise of the Dark Knight in the form of an haute horlogerie watch that's the Batman-DNA Gotham City. Fashioned upon the original piece, this limited edition upgraded variant calls out to all the superhero savants as surely as the Bat Signal beckons Bruce Wayne's alter ego.
Shrouded entirely in black with a ruggedness that's charismatic and enigmatic, this stark appeal can only be imagined by RJ-Romain Jerome. Built on their watchmaking know-how and niche expertise in crafting specialty watches, the Batman-DNA Gotham City converges all the elements of the riotous metropolis within its form. A faceted PVD-coated black steel bezel in a sandblasted or polished finish (think the Batmobile) has been handcrafted, framing a dial depicting the Gotham skyline. Layered over thrice with a complicated engraving process, the cityscape affects a 3D surrealism, almost leaping off the watch face.
Keeping vigil over the city is Batman, the stylised bat insignia with its polished hand-chamfered silhouette spanning across the vista boldly like the Dark Knight himself gliding over Gotham. And as night is when the city truly comes alive, the urban façade then lights up in brilliant blue with Superluminova, highlighting the bat applique and displaying Gotham City's varied characteristics. Marked with a bat symbol on the case back as well, the RJ001-A mechanical self-winding calibre sits between these two calling cards of the masked crusader.
With the superhero wave going strong as the Dark Knight makes his most recent appearance in the blockbuster Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, RJ-Romain Jerome proves that there's no rest for the heroic. Clocking a power reserve of 42 hours with water-resistance up to 30 metres, this darkly rugged timepiece is flanked by textured black hornback crocodile straps that further emphasise the grittiness of Gotham. Just like the superhero's relentless crime fighting, the Batman-DNA Gotham City is your declaration to stand up for justice — an honour to the iconic vigilante. With only 75 units manufactured, this collectible trophy timepiece is one where you might have to duke it out over with fellow fans of the Bat.
The limited edition Batman-DNA Gotham City timepiece is available at The Hour Glass.