Romain Jerome Create Ocean Liner-Inspired Timepiece

By Paul Joseph

Swiss watchmakers Romain Jerome have designed a striking new limited edition timepiece inspired by the ocean liners of the 20th Century.

Billed as a “true testimony to the Industrial Revolution and the artistic movement that followed”, the Steampunk Auto 46 comes housed in a 46 mm black PVD-coated steel, steel or red gold case. The watch is limited to 999 pieces per model.

The Steampunk inspiration is visible throughout the design of the timepiece, from its bezel - in either rusted steel or Gunmetal steel – to I ts retro-futuristic dial. The oversized Roman XII and VI numerals are highlighted in either steel, black gold or red gold with RJ’s “rough” finish and matching minute and hour hands.

Notable features include the tips of the hands which recall anchors and browse through the dial, revealing each detail as time passes.

The dial has been created to highlight the sturdy, circular graining and rigorously beadblasted blackened bridges which recall the raw energy emanating from a coal blackened engine room, while another strong reference to the ocean liners is revealed by the seconds hand at 9 o’clock, mirroring a propeller.

The Swiss brand’s logo has been delicately engraved at 3 o’clock whilst the crown recalls the material of each case: steel, red gold or black PVD-coated steel. Furthermore, the calf brown or black leather straps highlight the modern and provocative bezel of each timepiece.

Romain Jerome was founded in Geneva, Switzerland in 2004. The brand has become renowned for its use of incredible natural materials and substances.

By Paul Joseph