Pieces of Titanic transformed into luxury watches

  1. By Laura MacInnis Reuters - Friday, April 13
    BASEL, Switzerland (Reuters) - Steel and coal from the Titanic have been transformed into a new line of luxury wristwatches that claim to capture the essence of the legendary oceanliner which sank in 1912.

    Geneva watchmaker Romain Jerome SA billed its "Titanic-DNA" collection as among the most exclusive pieces showcased this week at Baselworld, the watch and jewellery industry's largest annual trade fair.
    "It is very luxurious and very inaccessible," said Yvan Arpa, chief executive of the three-year-old company that hopes the limited edition watches will attract both collectors and garrulous luxury goods buyers.
    "So many rich people buy incredibly complicated watches without understanding how they work, because they want a story to tell," he said. "To them we offer a story."
    The North Atlantic wrecksite of the Titanic, which hit an iceberg and sank on its first voyage from the English port of Southampton to New York, have been protected for more than a decade but many relics were taken in early diving expeditions.
    Romain Jerome said it purchased a piece of the hull weighing about 1.5 kg (3 pounds) that was retrieved in 1991, but declined to identify the seller. The metal has been certified as authentic by the Titanic's builders Harland and Wolff.
    To make the watches, which were offered for sale for the first time in Basel for between $7,800 and $173,100, the Swiss company created an alloy using the slab from the Titanic with steel being used in a Harland and Wolff replica of the vessel.
    The gold, platinum and steel time pieces have black dial faces made of lacquer paint that includes coal recovered from the debris field of the Titanic wrecksite, offered for sale by the U.S. company RMS Titanic Inc.
    Arpa said the combination of new and old materials infused the watches with a sense of renewal, instead of representing a reminder of the 1,500 passengers who drowned when the oceanliner met her tragic end off the coast of Newfoundland.
    "It is a message of hope, of life stronger than death, of rebirth," he said in an interview in Romain Jerome's exposition booth in Basel, where more than 2,100 exhibitors are flaunting their latest wares amid a boom for the luxury goods sector.
    The company will make 2,012 watches to coincide with the centenary anniversary of the Titanic's sinking in 2012.
    Arpa said the young watchmaker would unveil a new series next year commemorating another famous legend, but declined to offer clues of what is to come.
    "For a new brand, you have to find something different to be interesting," he said. Asked if the next collection would be based on Scotland's legendary Loch Ness monster, he smiled and said: "Ooh. Have you found it?"
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  2. Okay, maybe I'm just a negative person, LOL, but to me, it would seem to be bad karma to buy a watch made from pieces of the Titanic. I don't know , it just seems kind of.....morbid or something? Does anyone else feel this way or is it just me?
  3. ^^ I totally feel ya. But I also think it would be very cool. Something with not only monetary value but historic as well. Pretty nifty, but not my cup of tea
  4. I didn't learn this until much later, but you're not supposed to take pieces of volcanic rock from Hawaii's volcanos, and I would think it would be the same thing but worse with the Titanic.

    Leave the pieces of coal and steel there.

    To me, that's the equivalent of grave-robbing.
  5. About the hawaiian volcanoes...you're not suppose to take ANYTHNG of the Big Island because everything on the island is considered sacred.

    The Titantic wath idea sounds cool, but I don't think I would actually want one.
  6. They look fantastic though.......I was impressed at first glance!....

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  12. A nice shot of the main hall at Basel......it takes a month to build these bildings inside the hall for each company!...

  13. The picture of the face didn't work can you please try again.

    off topic: I have a piece of Titanic coal I got it at the exhibition in Vegas totally worth seeing if your there
  14. They look amazing but no I wouldn't want to have one. Would feel a bit weird about it! I dare say they will sell like hotcakes though people love sensationalism!
  15. those pictures gave me chills... it doesnt make me think of rebirth, if i had that watch even looking at it would make me incredibly sad , let alone wearing it ..:crybaby: