In 2008 Vacheron Constantin launched the Quai de l’île collection. Now there’s a new family member, a stainless steel model, providing a contemporary expression of the watchmaking traditions upheld by the company. With its contemporary design, its distinctive character and its excellence attested by the Hallmark of Geneva, the Quai de l’île collection embodies an avant-garde aesthetic version of watchmaking traditions.
The timepiece features a sturdy light stainless steel case, enhanced with alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes. It measures 41 mm in diameter and associates three iconic shapes from the aesthetic heritage of Vacheron Constantin: a round bezel, a cushion-type case and a barrel caseband. This shape in shape design creates an original aesthetic. The case back with is transparent, allowing you to watch the movement.
The The Quai de l’île is equipped with the new manufacture self-winding calibre 5100. The movement comprising 172 components was entirely designed, developed and crafted by Vacheron Constantin. It drives hours, minutes, central seconds and date functions. Steadily beating at a rate of 28.800 vibrations per hour (4 Hz) and designed for an active lifestyle, this movement features excellent resistance to impacts as well as a comfortable over 60-hour power reserve guaranteed by its twin barrels.
The dial is distinguished by a multi-level construction interpreted in two versions – silver-toned or black – with an opaline finish. Composed of three distinct parts, this display with its depth effects ensures remarkable legibility thanks to its hour-markers and Arabic numerals entirely made of white luminescent material. Another distinctive feature is the replacement of the traditional aperture-type date by a two-level date indication. The dial construction includes a transparent mineral glass disc on which the dates of the month are inked. Beneath this glass, the date disc of the movement appears and displays an indicator which points towards the correct date.
The watch is water-resistant to 30 metres and will be delivered with two straps – one in brown alligator leather and the other in black rubber.
For all Super Mario fans the wait is finally over – RJ-Romain Jerome is now releasing the Super Mario Bros. collection. In honor of the game’s 30th anniversary (wow, aren’t we getting old!) RJ-Romain Jerome is adding the center piece to its Generational Icons collection. And another watch to the luxury „nostalgia“ watches out there.
In a 46mm case the watchmaker has recreated the original Super Mario Bros. game from 1985. Nintendo’s legendary character Mario is dressed in his recognisable red shirt and blue overalls with his famous jump and iconic mushroom. These most symbolic elements of the game are eye-catchingly depicted on the dial and are all captured in the visual stye that captivaded more than one generation. And that’s hardly surprising, because Super Mario was one of the first video game characters that entered pop culture in a serious way while being „human“.
In order to accentuate the pixelation with perfect geometrical forms, the dial was built on a complex three layered plate with different finishes, either bead-blasted or drawn out for both the RJ-Romain Jerome monogram and the ground setting, which offers an overall 3D effect. All appliques, representing Super Mario, along with his mushroom, a cloud and bush, were hand-painted in cold enamel with the 30th anniversary colours and then set on the dial to add even more perspecitve to the ensemble.
The timepiece is presented in RJ-Romain Jerome’s distinctive Moon Invader case in titanium grade 5 with a black PVD-coating. The lugs are fitted with safety screws for optimal wrist adjustment. The watch is powered by the mechanical self-winding movement RJ001-A. It provides a power reserve of 42 hours as well as central hours and minutes. Central and minute hands are all to distract the wearer from the Super Mario scene.
To echo 1985, the year the game launched, the Super Mario Bros. watch is limited to 85 pieces. It will be officially introduced at the end of 2015.