For the past four years, RJ-Romain Jerome has celebrated the Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) with colourful and skilfully crafted wristwatches highlighting the amazing sculptures and portraits of the famous Calaveras. For this year, RJ has prepared three new Memento Mori emblems, decorated with diamonds, rubies and skull engravings.
The new Día de los Muertos Clásico collection offers a range of three new designs. These new timepieces are housed in a slightly smaller case than it is usual for RJ with 43mm in diameter instead of 46mm. The PVD-coated stainless steel case incorporates a black bezel which has been delicately engraved with RJ’s Calaveras and filigree decorations.
Underneath the front sapphire glass lies a beautiful dial that features the Romain Jerome’s recognizable X traverses, whereas the rest of the surface is filled with engravings of the famous skull, thus creating a unique sense of depth. The main Calaveras applique is carefully set in the center of the dial.
Each new Día de los Muertos Clásico timepiece is powered with the caliber RJ002-A mechanical movement that provides 40 hours of power reserve. The self-winding mechanism has the oscillating rate of 28,800 alternations per hour (4 Hz).
The most luxorious model in this series is Romain Jerome Día de los Muertos Clásico RJ.T.AU.FM.001.05 that features a black mirror-polished dial with calaveras engravings. The skull-shaped applique and traverses are set with 532 black spinels (weighing 1.515 carats) and 16 diamonds (totaling 0.0168 carat). The watch features black satin brushed hands which are coated with superluminova C1 “blue emission” for the best visibility under low light conditions. This model comes with the retail price of $36,950.
The next in line is Romain Jerome Día de los Muertos Clásico RJ.T.AU.FM.001.07 that has a skull-shaped applique encrusted with a contemporary champlevé decoration, cold enameled in silver, 16 rubies (weighing 0.032 carat). The traverses are adorned with 158 rubies (totaling 0.316 carat), whilst the black satin brushed hands boast blue emission luminous coating. This model is priced at $24,500.
The third novelty with the referent number RJ.T.AU.FM.001.06 features a black mirror-polished dial with Calaveras engravings, and engraved traverses. The skull-shaped applique is decorated with a modern champlevé decoration, cold enameled in silver. It boasts 16 diamonds (totaling 0.0168 carat) and a polished RJ logo applied on the dial. This model is the most affordable in series and it retails at 18,500.
All new Día de los Muertos Clásico timepieces are attached to elegant black alligator leather straps, highlighting the classic size of the case. Also, each piece is produced in a limited quantity of 99 specimens.
Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is a Mexican celebration that takes place every November 1 and 2. During two-day festival participants celebrate, remember and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. Although the tradition originated from Mexico, Dia de los Muertos is celebrated throughout Latin America and anywhere where Latino population lives.