It shows a futuristic computerised machine tool manufacturing scene in a dark satanic world of flashing lights and staccato robotic arms in the process of producing their latest watch. The storyline appears to be that this fantastic manufacturing assembly system part way through develops a fatal flaw which threatens the production process. However, and we have to believe in a “life force”here, such is the power of this new watch, which seems to be coming alive as it is built, takes control of the machines, speeds them up and forces them to finish their collective task of assembling the whole, the creation, before meltdown as it were. The building system is increasingly and brutally frenetic as the countdown ticks down towards 0.00, at which time the whole screaming system suddenly explodes across the screen with bits flying in all directions. Out of that maelstrom of madness flies incredibly the complete watch creation which lands amazingly intact, whole and complete....and claims, "I am a survivor.”
The newest Titanic DNA watch from Romain Jerome expressly indicates what it is, "Steampunk." Instead of just hinting at the idea and playing with the concept, this watch has "Steampunk" in the name, and fashions the watch as such. Granted, a lot of the steampunk appointments of the watch are for show only, it still looks pretty cool. The watch starts with an RJ 2 automatic tourbillon movement that has a very cool anchor shaped rotor. The movement is made by Concepto for Romain Jerome and is a new level of luxury being a tourbillon movement that is self-winding.
Tag Heuer's booth at Baselworld 2009 was quite controversial. Why? Because they didn't let anyone near the watches. I wasn't there, but reports indicate that Tag Heuer goons kept the press away offering to show them images of the products only. WTF? Yea, it doesn't make a lot of sense, but at least we have these videos that help make the watches more lifelike when all we typically have are marketing photos. Not really sure why Tag Heuer was so defensive about their booth, but hopefully in the future they will realize that us press people needs some intimate time with the timepieces.
JamesList never fails to impress with me with interesting and appealing watches. My latest find is this Jackie Chan Limited Edition IWC Portuguese Chrono Automatic watch - really nice. Here is the background: so Mr. Chan has a charity called "the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation" (clever name I know). And this watch was part of an effort to raise money, through sales most likely. I honestly don't know the exact connection with the foundation and the watch, but THERE IS a connection. How do I know? A little detective work here; it says "For the Jackie Chan Charitable Foundation" on the caseback of the watch. I know, I am clever. Also on the back of the watch is a hybrid symbol for the Chinese character for Dragon, with the name "Jackie" in it, in English.
The chronograph is easy to use and measures in one second increments. The pushers are comfortable to use and so is the crown. I further like that the crown has a relief of the Jorg Gray "JG" logo on it. The watch case is in steel and about 41mm wide. You can see that the side of the case are done in a satin finish while the back and bezel of the case are in a nice high polish. Wearing the watch is comfortable, as the case fits well on your wrist. The black leather strap is a good part of the watch. It has that distressed look with the contrast stitching the is popular among aviator style watches. The strap also has a good amount of padding and has a supple underside. The steel buckle has laser etched Jorg Gray logo, which is an important detail.
It is getting to the point where I write more than anything else, but that is OK because I love it. Eventually some of you will need to help contribute to keep all my content bases covered. My newest area of watch passion expression is Examiner.com. The fare is arguably lighter, but is for a slightly different audience - still the talk is on watches. Examiner.com will need no introduction to some, but is basically a large news and opinion site where writers of different focuses and specializations are selected and given dedicated pages. I've been selected as the Men's Luxury Style writer for San Francisco, which essentially means that I will be talking about watches. Though when related luxury style items come up, I am sure I will mention them ("but watches are all that I know!").