RJ-Romain Jerome has marked the 25th anniversary since the fall of the Berlin Wall with a limited edition watch containing fragments of the iron curtain.
The 46mm black PVD-coated steel watch with ceramic bezel makes symbolic use of Super-LumiNova on the grey, three-dimensional relief of Berlin on the dial. A red line, with luminous green finish, traces the route of the Wall while a blue line represents the River Spree.
It was decided to represent the Berlin Wall with luminous material as its fall occurred after the onset of darkness. The entire dial surface has been worked with Super-LumiNova and features pieces of the Berlin Wall.
The Berlin-DNA has been created in conjunction with, and to raise money for, The East Side Gallery, the 1.3km stretch of the wall painted by 118 global artists that became the world’s longest open-air gallery. Funds raised from the sale of the Berlin-DNA will be used to protect The East Side Gallery from pollution, vandalism and destruction.
Manuel Emch, chief executive officer of RJ-Romain Jerome, said: “The East Side Gallery embodies both a piece of art and a piece of history. This combination is unprecedented in today’s world. The Wall is a constant reminder of the passion and commitment behind the quest for people’s freedom, and translates the euphoria felt in the wake of the reunification! The images of people literally tearing into the Wall after decades of oppression has marked the minds of millions and has become Legendary. It’s exactly this type of Legend that inspires RJ-Romain Jerome. With this partnership, we want to set an example by preserving art and historical vestige."
The back of the watch, which is limited to 25 examples, features one of the most famous paintings found on the Wall of the East Side Gallery: “The Brother kiss" of Russian artist Dmitri Vrubel. Inspired by a picture taken in 1979, “The Kiss” illustrates Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German President Erich Honnecker, kissing each other after Mr. Brezhnev’s speech during the 30th anniversary of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik.