The House of Romain Jerome has partnered with the French artist André Chéca to create an original work reinterpreting Yvan Arpa’s cherished Titanic-DNA. This one-of-a-kind creation, mid-way between a work of art and an original traditional timepiece, is entirely crafted by hand in the Geneva workshops, where each element of the object is melted and fashioned according to the traditional lost-wax casting technique.
The design of this model with its tortured lines is inspired by the Titanic-DNA collection and echoes the main features of these timepieces in a patinated bronze case measuring approximately 72 mm in diameter and 21 mm thick.
The anchor-shaped hands glide over a bronze dial incorporating the famous rusted transverse cross made of steel actually salvaged from the Titanic*. 280 grams of bronze and oxidised steel combine to form an extraordinary creation that contrasts and even “clashes” with the standardised array of smoothly sophisticated timepieces produced by 618 other Swiss watch brands.
The rusted steel horological creations in the ‘Titanic DNA’ series features an oxidized steel bezel which is the result of an extraordinary blend of authentic steel from the wreck lying 3840 meters under the sea, and from the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed nearly a century ago.Official certificates of authenticity guarantee the origin of materials used.