Take a look at what happens when you combine a traditional Swiss watchmaker and a tattoo artist.
The new Romaine Jerome Tattoo-DNA by Xoil is described as “the meeting of two personalities and the result of genuine collaborative work between the Swiss watchmaker and the tattoo artist.”
That’s obviously filling a gap in the market we were unaware of, but why not?
The collaboration came about when Romaine Jerome CEO Manuel Emch met Xoil, a tattoo artist who, inspired by nineteenth century imagery, has created five themes – based on Belief, Balance, Feeling, Perception and Emotion – and tattooed them onto a range of leather straps.
These secure a 44mm watch with an unusual enamel dial inspired by watches apparently accumulated by Xoil.
According to Emch: “Many dials in Xoil’s collection were damaged and split. We decided to use them for inspiration and break our own, as we have always broken watchmaking conventions. It was the perfect continuation.”
The dial of the new Tattoo-DNA by Xoil has been cut with a water jet to reveal two separate and opposing parts. A traditional Grand Feu enamel upper dial, decorated with Roman numerals, makes way for a skeletal movement with the balance wheel at a prominent at 6 o’clock slot.
“The skeletonised small seconds ring, off-centred at 9 o’clock, was integrated into the dial to link the two worlds. And to accentuate the duality of the timepiece, Romain Jerome modernised the blue hands by reproducing the needles Xoil uses for his tattoos.”
The Tattoo-DNA by Xoil collection is limited to 25 pieces, each delivered with a certificate signed and numbered by the artist.
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