“The watch that never sleeps”: The Liberty-DNA Black
On July 4th 2014, RJ-Romain Jerome will introduce a new Black edition of the emblematic Liberty-DNA timepiece. Following its initial launch in 2012, this new model pays tribute to the city that never sleeps and to the Lady of independence.
This original collection is the fruit of a collaboration between RJ-Romain Jerome, The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation and The Gold Leaf Corporation. This year, the brand releases a new model celebrating the 127th year of the dedication of Miss Liberty. The result is a unique creation complete with a black PVD-coated bronze bezel, echoing the true nature of The Statue of Liberty.
Found in the harbour off the coast of New York City, her charismatic figure shines at night, basking in the glimmering lights of the big city. It is with this vision in mind that the brand has chosen to introduce the Liberty-DNA Black as a tribute to the “City That Never Sleeps”.
Loyal to Bartholdi’s original design, the vision of “Liberty Enlightening the World” shines through in each detail of the watch. Housed in a 46mm black PVD-coated steel case, the bezel of the timepiece has been designed to perfectly sit over and protect the dial, as if it was wearing Miss Liberty’s famous crown. The spikes of the crown, thought to represent our planet’s seven continents, are illustrated here as time indicators, replacing the numerals on the dial and allowing the tips of the hands to appear through the crown’s “windows”. The famous dial composed of copper from the Statue of Liberty1 is now available in light grey and has been oxidized to recall the statue’s famous aesthetic.
The RJ logo is delicately applied at 12 o’clock. The facetted and polished hour and minute hands have been blackened to highlight the sharp appearance of this unique timepiece. The case is held by four paws in black PVD-coated steel creating RJ-Romain Jerome’s signature X, found across each dial of the brand’s watch collections. A medallion on each case back of the collection shows the flame of freedom lighting up the stars of the American flag with the number of each limited edition delicately engraved. The black hornback strap creates the perfect finish to this symbolic timepiece that will inspire generations to come and remind them of the willpower of their great ancestors.
The black Liberty-DNA is limited to 125 pieces as a nod to its big sister, the original Liberty-DNA model that celebrated Miss Liberty’s 125th Anniversary in 2012.
This exciting collaboration has brought RJ-Romain Jerome’s watchmaking expertise together with the history of the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation to both showcase Swiss artisanal know-how as well as to perpetuate the notion that “Liberty Enlightens the World” for future generations
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center® and its newest project The Peopling of America® Center scheduled for completion in 2013. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.
Gold Leaf Corporation
Gold Leaf was established in 1984 and is the exclusive partner of The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. for artifacts preserved from the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Gold Leaf is dedicated to utilizing the artifacts preserved from The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island in specially designed programs to perpetuate the idea and spirit of “Liberty Enlightening the World”.
About RJ-Romain Jerome
Air, earth, sea: RJ-Romain Jerome offers the raw energy of imagination to those who are capable of nurturing their most secret dreams. Born at the dawn of the 3rd millennium, RJ-Romain Jerome creates the watches of the new horological era. The magic of the Moon, the power of lava, and underwater mysteries are the poetic driving forces behind this creative explosion.
Whether through recovering steel from the Titanic or from the Apollo 11 space shuttle, mingling silver with Moon Dust or sculpting volcano lava, RJ-Romain Jerome asserts its iconoclastic spirit and electrifies tradition by celebrating contemporary legends. Its approach is characterised by a blend of raw character and elaborate refinement, drawing as much on the roar of an erupting volcano as on the writings of H.G. Wells.
A taste for adventure, an all-conquering spirit and visionary avant-gardism merge with the realm of the imagination in the “Titanic-DNA”, “Moon Dust-DNA” and “Eyjafjallajökull-DNA” collections. These three worlds exalt contemporary horizons through a resolutely masculine and contemporary touch. From the ocean depths to the immensity of space, from incandescent lava to age-old minerals, the RJ-Romain Jerome collections are far more than just astonishing watches: they define a new era in watchmaking.
Offering every man a chance to explore a dreamlike new dimension, they also embody the values of their times: a sense of distinctiveness, a need for speed, and a spectacular yet discreetly sophisticated aura of virility.
Air, earth and sea: it is now up to everyone to find his own universe, and to give substance to his dream and to his own vision of Time
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