Romain Jerome Día de los Muertos gets some bling

Last year Romain Jerome premiered the peculiar Día de los Muertos watch, celebrating the eponymous Mexican holiday. For this year’s Day of the Dead, the Swiss company decided to revisit this unique model and upgrade it visually by adding some gemstones. And what an upgrade it is! We’re presented with not just one, but five different versions of the watch, named Día de los Muertos Diamante. This is a limited collection, comprising just 25 pieces for each model.

Two models feature skull with 374 black spinels

The basic style of the new timepieces is similar to the last year’s model, including the sleek black PVD-coated case and of course, the ornate skull typical for the Día de los Muertos. But what’s different this year is the presence of gemstones. Depending on the particular model, there are black sapphires, brilliant-cut diamonds, or black spinels. The last one is used for two versions of the watch – instead of the enameled skull, the two models have that part of the dial set with 374 black spinels.

Now, let’s focus on the things in common. The watches have a 46 mm case made of black PVD-coated steel, whose back side features a “Día de los Muertos” medallion engraved on it. The water resistance is 30 meters (3 atm). Inside is a self-winding mechanical movement, the caliber RJ001-A with 23 jewels. It beats at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour and has a power reserve of 42 hours. One last thing these watches have in common is the strap – it’s a black hornback alligator leather strap, which nicely complements the style of each of the different versions. Finally, the strap itself is completed with a folding clasp, made of case-matching black PVD-coated steel.

Romain Jerome's emblematic X shape now with diamonds

On to the more interesting features – the decoration. For starters, we have the two versions of the Día de los Muertos Diamante with bezels featuring a spiral arrangement of 108 black sapphires or diamonds. That’s about it when it comes to these gems, but the rest of the watch certainly isn’t any less interesting. On the dial, we can see the colorful enameled skull placed on the mirror-polished, black dial, which has the typical Romain Jerome’s X shape engraved on it. This is all complemented with skeletonized (oddly appropriate for this watch) black satin brushed hands, with superluminova triangular tips.

Next, we have a watch that brings more diamonds. The case is set with 64 diamonds, located at the 4 “paws”, which is a pretty neat detail. But the majority of the gems are found on the dial, set on the X-shaped section; there we can see 232 diamonds. The rest of the dial is the same as in the previous two models, including the skull and the hands.

The simplest of the bunch,

Finally, there are two models that don’t have the same colorful skull. Instead, we’re presented with something more extraordinary – a skull set with 374 black spinels. And that’s not all, on one of the models we can see the dial set with whopping 469 brilliant-cut diamonds. Its counterpart doesn’t have as rich dial as that, but it makes up for it with a nice spiral arrangement of black sapphires on the bezel.

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