the Pokémon are back, and this time they came in force!
In the wake of the first collaboration between RJ-Romain Jerome and The Pokémon Company International, the two corporations have partnered again to release a unique timepiece, exclusive in concept and rare in quantity. RJ-Romain Jerome has mastered the art of combining contemporary subjects with traditional watchmaking know-how, creating real pieces of Haute Horology. In this spirit, the Swiss independent Maison is presenting its first complication within the Generational Icons collection, the Tourbillon Pokémon—the perfect alchemy between a prestigious horological complication and the emblem of the millennials. This one-piece limited edition truly asserts the brand’s avant-garde position.
The highlight of the timepiece is definitely the colourful dial, standing out from the all-black 48mm case and hands. Completing the ensemble, the black alligator strap is enhanced with yellow and blue stitching as a tribute to the Pokémon logo’s symbolic colors. The composition and the placement of the characters—all were created to appreciate the beauty of the dial’s numerous Pokémon. This concentration and accumulation of characters in different sizes yields an incredible and captivating 3D effect, such that the characters look animated and ready to pop out at any second. As the most famous of them all, Pikachu is the centrepiece and is placed at the forefront. To complete the Pokémon scene, the tourbillon bridge is shaped like a lightning bolt, one of the key elements of Pikachu.
Beyond the aesthetic aspect and the subjects portrayed on the dial—which already make it unique—the Tourbillon Pokémon is an exceptional timepiece thanks to its high level of craftsmanship. The dial, made entirely by hand, required hundreds of hours to create due to the numerous colours present which needed to be created and then hand-filled one by one. The case back was equally thought through, and we can admire the oscillating weight of the self-winding tourbillon—laser-shaped like a lightning bolt—and Pikachu seen from the back. If you did not catch one of the 20 RJ X Pokémon timepieces, RJ-Romain Jerome is offering you a second chance to capture the famous Pokémon with this exceptional and most exclusive tourbillon. As the ultimate piece of the collaboration: first-paid, first-served!
The Pokémon Company International, a subsidiary of The Pokémon Company in Japan, manages the property outside of Asia and is responsible for brand management, licensing, marketing, the Pokémon Trading Card Game, the animated TV series, home entertainment, and the official Pokémon website. Pokémon was launched in Japan in 1996 and today is one of the most popular children’s entertainment properties in the world. For more information, visit www.pokemon.co.uk
Reference: RJ.M.TO.PK.032.01 • Movement: RJ400-TS – Mechanical self-winding Tourbillon • Frequency: rate 28,800 vph • Jewelling: 27 jewels • Power: reserve 60 hours • Water resistance: 5 atm (50 meters) • Functions: Central hours and minute, Tourbillon at 6 o’clock • Case: Ø 48mm, black PVD-coated steel • Case back: Sapphire crystal, oscillating weight shaped as Pikachu and lightning bolt • Bezel: Black PVD-coated satin-finished steel • Dial: Pokémon characters hand-filled with enamel • Black: Tourbillon bridge lightning bolt-shaped • Hands: Black PVD-coated and satin-brushed hour and minute hands with Superluminova: C1 “blue emission” • Flank: Black PVD-coated satin-finished steel • Paws: Black PVD-coated and polished steel • Lugs: Black PVD-coated polished and satin-finished steel • Lug: insert Black PVD-coated steel • Crown: Black PVD-coated steel screw-lock crown • Strap: Black alligator with yellow and blue stitches and black PVD-coated pin buckle • Additional: black PVD-coated steel folding clasp • Limited edition: Unique piece • Retail price CHF 200’000.-* / EUR 200’000.-* / GBP 200’000.-* / USD 200’000.-*