The watch world is replete with bizarre collaborations, and high-end manufacturer Romain Jerome is no stranger to such whimsical partnerships – one need only look at its Donkey Kong horological homage revealed at this year’s watch fair in Basel as a prime example.
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Returning to its partnership with Pokémon, first established in 2016 with the limited-edition RJ X Pokémon, the watch brand is bringing out a one-off unique timepiece – the Tourbillon Pokémon, which at a cost of £200,000, surely tests devoted fans of the game to the limits of their obsession.
RJ-Romain Jerome describes the colourful watch as “the perfect alchemy between a prestigious horological complication and the emblem of the millennials”. The Pokémon franchise went stratospheric in 2016 on the release of Pokémon Go, a location-based augmented reality game that saw Nintendo increase its market value by $9bn just five days after the game’s release.
Standing out from the all-black 48mm case is the plethora of Pokémon characters with the most famous fictional creature, Pikachu, forming the centrepiece at the forefront. And if this wasn’t Pokémon enough, the tourbillon bridge itself is shaped like a lightning bolt, in reference to the character’s attack move.
Beyond the aesthetic nods to the franchise, the Tourbillon Pokémon does, in fact, display high levels of horological craftsmanship. The handmade dial required hundreds of hours to create, while the oscillating weight of the self-winding tourbillon seen through the caseback is shaped using lasers to look like lightning.
The tourbillon complication, much admired in the horological world, is designed to counter the ill effects that gravity has on the accuracy of watch movements. The solution was to create an escapement that was constantly in motion and housed in a rotating cage. As it is constantly moving, this averages out the effect of gravity no matter what position the watch is held in.
The Tourbillon Pokémon also has a PVD coated steel case, a power reserve of 60 hours and, should you wish to go diving with a £200k timepiece, is waterproof to 50 metres.