Every year in Mexico, celebrations honouring the dead brighten up the whole country. Classified as part of UNESCO’s “Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity” since 2003, the “Día de los Muertos” is the most important date in the Mexican calendar. RJ-Romain Jerome has decided to take its turn celebrating the Day of the Dead with a timepiece available in two different versions, both issued in 25-piece limited editions.
Calling upon its watchmaking skill, RJ’s inspiration for the dial of this watch dedicated to the “Día de los Muertos” was drawn from traditional Mexican decorations. A carefully hand-crafted colourful applique adorned with a champlevé decoration, cold enamelled in different colours, emulates the look of the “calaveras” – the skulls made of sugar given away by the Mexicans as good luck tokens during the entire festival.
The seven colours on the applique are a reminder of the seven stages through which the soul of the dead must pass before being able to rest in peace. The case is made of black PVD-coated steel, associated with a bezel and “paws” in black ceramic. The mirror-polished dial features an engraving of the brand’s emblematic X shape, along with the applied RJ logo.
The watch is fitted with a black Hornback alligator strap. The sombre colours of these different elements evoke those of darkness and make a striking with the bright colours of the skull-shaped applique.
Model: Día de los Muertos
Reference: RJ.T.AU.FM.001.01 / RJ.T.AU.FM.001.02
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28,800 A/h
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance 3 atm (30 meters)
Functions: Central hours and minutes
Black PVD-coated steel
“Día de los Muertos” medallion engraved on the case back
Bezel: Black ceramic
Dial & hands
Dial: Black mirror-polished dial. Engraved traverses. Skull-shaped applique adorned with a champlevé decoration, cold enamelled in different colours. Polished RJ logo applied on the dial
Hands: Black satin brushed hands with superluminova C1 “blue emission”
Limited edition 2 limited series of 25 pieces each
USD 15,900.-* / CHF 14,900.-* / EUR 12,900.-*