I believe that the heart does go on
Once more you open the door
And you're here in my heart
And my heart will go on and on…
Ok, I'll pause a moment to give you time to dry your eyes and blow your noses...
Now, I know I’m in a minority of -1, but I really wasn’t that keen on James Cameron’s Titanic - partly because I guessed the ending (groan!) but also because I knew - from books I'd read and another, far finer, film, A Night to Remember - that many compelling stories of real life heroisms and partings from that tragic night on 14 April, 1912, were carelessly tossed overboard in favour of the histrionic flim-flam of Jack and Rose’s syrupy version of Romeo and Juliet with ice.
However, even Cameron’s inane fantasies pale into insignificance compared with the Titanic grave-robbery currently being perpetrated by Swiss watch-designer Romain Jerome.
I could write at some length about the gross tastelessness of the luxury trinkets being trafficked by Mr Jerome, but I'll let his own press release do the work for me…
The "Titanic-DNA": a high-end watch
integrating real steel from the Titanic
The "Titanic-DNA" watch contains authentic parts of the Titanic ocean liner drawn from the ocean floor. It brings together material and spirit. Or perhaps one should say soul. This watch is part of the new "DNA of Famous Legends" collection that Romain Jerome presents as a world premier. New materials, precious metals, complications - one finds all of these as well in the "Titanic-DNA".
However, the watch’s real exclusivity is to be found in the direct relationship between a truly unique timepiece and one of the most extraordinary achievements created by man…the legendary Titanic ocean liner that disappeared in 1912. Here’s where spirit becomes material. This new concept goes far beyond the creation of a great luxury watch with a prestigious movement and noble materials; it is breathing a soul into the object.
The result is astonishing. The object lives. It is a work of art. The Belle-Époque resurfaces on the wrist of a few privileged people who understood they have offered themselves much more than just a fine watch.
The rusted steel is created by an extraordinary fusion carried out at the Harland&Wolff shipyards in Belfast, where the Titanic was constructed. This fusion brings together the authentic steel of the shipwreck, which was resting on the ocean floor at a depth of 3,840 meters, and that of the memorial project that will see the light of day in Belfast in 2012. This is how the DNA is captured; a myth is reborn.
The hands are inspired by the anchor of the Titanic and turn on a dial of deep black; a colour obtained from the coal collected in the legendary shipwreck. The small second hand at 9 o’clock recalls the meters of the ship’s steam engines. Each version contains a La Joux-Perret movement and is limited to 2,012 pieces; a number referring to the celebration of the 100th anniversary of the Titanic. The "Titanic-DNA" is available in a watchcase of platinum or gold with elements of titanium, ceramic, composite materials or rusted steel made according to the process explained above.The Titanic, a masterpiece of its time.
The "Titanic-DNA", a masterpiece of our time.
One can but wonder what future models will grace Romaine Jerome’s "DNA of Famous Legends" line in watches... Timepieces decorated with sequins from Elvis’ last suit? Or wreckage from James Dean’s Porsche 550 Spyder? Or even, perhaps, bits of bodywork from that black Mercedes 280S that crashed in the Pont d'Alma underpass?
All are possible, I would guess, although the "Twin Towers - DNA" watch must surely be the next luxury item for Mr Jerome's catalogue which would, naturally, be made of twisted steel and rubble dust from Ground Zero and would feature an alarm simulating the sound of a plane exploding which could be set to impact every day at precisely 09:11...