It looks like a two hundred year old take on the digital watch for people who couldn’t read a standard clock face (a disturbing number even today). But no, this is a relatively modern creation, deliberately made to look old. Wrap your mouth around this: The Romain Jerome Titanic DNA Cabestan Vertical Winch Tourbillon. Don’t say it out loud, you will chew your own tongue.
A Tourbillon is a late 1700′s invention that helps regulate a mechanical watch by compensating for the effects of gravity as a watch moves around or is held stationary in different positions. Completely unnecessary on a modern quartz movement, it is a highly prized feature of watch collectors and enthusiasts. This particular watch not only has a tourbillon, but uses a vertical winch instead of traditional gears to move barrels instead of hands. The concept and basic design was created by Cabestan, a Swiss watch company, several years ago. Romain Jerome is another Swiss watch company that decided to make a series of steampunkesque watches – the Titanic DNA series – including a Cabestan Vertical Winch. The Titanic DNA series of watches are all made using a combination of new materials as well as rusted metals and coal dust salvaged from the wreck of the Titanic. I thought looting the Titanic was illegal, but I’m sure the folks at Romain Jerome aren’t bothered by that, because at US $490,000 for this watch, they were already a bunch of thieves.