At Baselworld 2007, Swiss luxury watch brand Romain Jerome presented its new “DNA of famous legends” collection starring “Titanic-DNA”: a high-end wristwatch integrating real steel from the Titanic, drawn from the ocean floor.

The “Titanic-DNA” watch contains authentic parts of the Titanic ocean liner drawn from the ocean floor. It brings together material and spirit. Or perhaps one should say soul. This watch is part of the new “DNA of Famous Legends” collection by Romain Jerome.

New materials, precious metals, complications – one finds all of these as well in the “Titanic- DNA”. However, the watch’s real exclusivity is to be found in the direct relationship between a truly unique timepiece and one of the most extraordinary achievements created by man…the legendary Titanic ocean liner that disappeared in 1912.

ROMAIN JEROME Titanic-DNA watch pink gold baselworld 2007

The rusted steel is created by an extraordinary fusion carried out at the Harland&Wolff shipyards in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed. This fusion brings together the authentic steel of the shipwreck, which was resting on the ocean floor at a depth of 3’840 meters, and that of the memorial project that will see the light of day in Belfast in 2012.

The hands are inspired by the anchor of the Titanic and turn on a dial of deep black; a colour obtained from the coal collected in the legendary shipwreck. The small second hand at 9 o’clock recalls the meters of the ship’s steam engines. Each version contains a La-joux Perret movement and is limited to 2’012 pieces; a number referring to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic.

The “Titanic-DNA” is available in a watchcase of platinum or gold with elements of titanium, ceramic, composite materials or rusted steel made according to the process explained above.

Technical details

Featured model: Titanic-DNA – 01 Pink Gold

Movement La Joux Perret 8235
Number of jewels: 24 rubies
Power reserve: > 42 hours
Frequency: 28’800 vibration/hour

Material: 5N satin-finished pink gold and titanium
Diameter: 46 mm
Horns: 5N satin-finished pink gold. Can be set with brilliant or trapeze-cut diamonds
Horn insert: Blackened satin-finished steel
Flank: Blackened satin-finished steel
Paws: 5N polished pink gold with titanium screws. Can be set with brilliant or trapeze-cut diamonds

Black dial (the deep black color of the dial is obtained with coal recovered from the Titanic)
Small second at 9h reminds of Titanic steam counters
Hands: Inspired by Titanic’s anchor
Bezel: 5N satin-finished pink gold. Can be set with brilliant or trapeze-cut diamonds
Back: Hand engraved medallion by Kees Engelbarts. Can be personalized a posteriori
Water-resistant: 5 Atm.

Rubber or Crocodile Hornback skin
Buckle: Pink gold ardillon buckle