Inspired by an octopus, a symbol of the conquest of great depths, the innovative Swiss watchmaker created its very first diving timepiece. With its newest model from the famous Titanic-DNA Collection, RJ-Romain Jerome reached its goal to be different, both aesthetically and technically. By taking care about every single detail, RJ made a true horological masterpiece for everyday wear, but also a pretty useful tool for divers.
Named after the ocean giant that became a powerful symbol in Jules Verne’s famous novel Twenty Thousand Leagues under the Sea, Romain Jerome Octopus watch has great water-resistance up to 888 feet (270 meters), which is a pretty interesting, and probably, unique distance. Well, it is not because RJ could not reach 900 feet or some greater depth, but rather because this model is all about number 8. You can guess why. Thus, there are eight octagon head screws on the 46mm case, as well as on the case-back that showcases a hand-engraved octopus. Besides, two screw-locked crowns are decorated with eight rivets. Finally, the Octopus edition comes in the limited number of 888 pieces.
Speaking about diving performances, there are two crowns at 9 and 3 o’clock positions. The fist one adjusts time, while the second one controls an internal unidirectional rotating sapphire bezel that indicates elapse time on its engraved five-minute graduation. The readability of the dial is great, thanks to luminescent hands and Superluminova “blue emission” on hour markers. A black rubber strap comes with a pretty cool feature. Its interior features suction cups which resemble arms of an octopus.
Like all watches from the Titanic-DNA collection, the notched bezel of Octopus watch contains oxidized and stabilized steel from the Titanic. Another RJ’s signature, the large X-shaped intersection, can also be seen on the dial of the Octopus. The watch is powered by a RJ002-A2 self-winding movement that oscillates at the frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and provides 42 hours of power-reserve.
This interesting timepiece is available in three variations. The first one, called the Metal Octopus (ref. RJ.T.AU.DI.003.01), is made of stainless steel. It is distinctive by a dial with a metallic background and rhodiumed, satin-brushed traverses. Besides, its hands and an inner chapter ring are made of black gold. The second version, called the Black Octopus (ref. RJ.T.AU.DI.001.01), comes in black PVD-coated steel, featuring a black dial with satin-brushed traverses, as well as a satin-brushed inner chapter ring and hands made of black gold. Finally, the Red Octopus (ref. RJ.T.AU.DI.002.01) is very similar to the black version, with the exception of several red gold inserts, such as an inner chapter ring, octagonal head screws and rivets on crowns.
The retail price of the first two versions is $13,750, while the red gold version costs $14,900.