Swiss luxury watch brand RJ-Romain Jerome, which has already created many landmarks in horology industry by launching the innovative ideas like: “Titanic-DNA”, “Moon Dust-DNA” and “Eyjafjallajökull-DNA” collections, is now taking the lovers of fine timepieces to the world of one of the most popular video games that ever made.
The brand new PAC-MAN™ limited edition timepiece designed by RJ-Romain Jerome takes inspiration from the popular PAC-MAN video game originally created by Toru Iwatani and released by NAMCO LIMITED.
Introduced in 1980, in Japan, PAC-MAN followed the huge success of SPACE INVADERS by touching an even larger audience and which for the first time featured women. The concept is universal and a legend is born – a hero who throws himself into an unbridled hunt for ghosts in the midst of coloured fruits, in a quest for “pac-dots” and “power pellets” spread all over a pixilated labyrinth.
When the game came out in the United States, its popularity overtook that encountered in Japan, resulting in an unprecedented craze called “PAC-MAN FEVER”. With over 300,000 arcade game units sold all over the world, this is probably one of the most popular games of all time.
Since its launch as an arcade game, PAC-MAN has been developed for numerous platforms and spawned many sequels.
Recent game releases include PAC-MAN Party for Wii and PAC-MAN Championship Edition DX for PS3/XB360, the arcade games PAC-MAN Battle Royale and PAC-MAN Arcade Party, and multiple titles for mobile devices (iPhone/iPod Touch, PC, PC Online Game, SNS).
RJ-Romain Jerome, in association with NAMCO BANDAI Games Inc( Owner of PAC-MAN brand and part of NAMCO BANDAI Holdings Inc.- leading global publisher and developer of interactive contents), pays tribute to this video game that entertained us for more than 3 decades.
Having inherited the highly distinctive case of the Moon Invader collection, a circle in a cambered 46 mm square, the PAC-MAN watches also feature steel fused with fragments of Apollo 11. The four ball and socket joints at the corners of the case are functional and designed like the legs of the lunar landing module in American lunar expeditions.
Boasting a highly sophisticated construction, and mounted on axles anchored in the case, these ball-and-socket joints hold the lugs of the rubber straps and their mobility make the watch easily adaptable to all wrist sizes.
On the back of the watch, a disc made of Moon SilverRJ – a low-oxidation silver fused with moon rocks – reproduces the surface of the Moon. Each of the three dial levels is engraved with a pixelated matrix. The lower two levels are beadblasted, while the upper level features straight-grained edges.
The characters and fruits adorning the dial stem from meticulous craftsmanship. Machined piece by piece, applied by hand and gem-set, they are subsequently lacquered with different colours or with black superluminova “green emission”, thus recreating actual game sequences.
You can discover the four versions of the ultimate geek chic timepiece exclusively at colette, in Paris, from September 3 to 8. The pixelated characters will be on show at all RJ-Romain Jerome points of sale from September 10.
Collection: RJ-Romain Jerome PAC-MAN
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency 28,800 vph
Jewelling 23 jewels
Power reserve 42h
Functions: Central hours and minutes
Ø46mm, Black PVD-coated steel
Lugs fitted with safety screws and integrated ball-and-socket joints for optimal wrist adjustment
Case with integrated back, including elements of Apollo 11
Grainy-textured stellar-patterned back with medallion in Moon SilverRJ representing the Moon
RJ safety screw on the case-back, exclusively accessible to watchmakers
Water resistance: 30 meters
Black 3D dial built on three levels engraved with a pixelated matrix.
The lower two levels are beadblasted and the upper level features straight-grained edges. Pixelated characters and fruits lacquered with different colours or with black superluminova “green emission”
Hands: Oxydised black and polished, with superluminova “blue emission”
Grainy-textured interior of stellar-patterned strap
Buckle Black PVD-coated steel
Limited edition: 4 versions of 20 pieces
CHF 15,555.- / EUR 13,800.- / USD 17,900.-