Saturday, April 14, 2007

And Now For Something Entirely Different

A company is Switzerland is making very expensive wristwatches out of debris from the RMS Titanic.

The watches are from the Titanic-DNA collection from the firm of Geneva watchmaker Romain Jerome SA. The watches reportedly are made of an alloy produced using some of the steel plates from the Titanic.

"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.

The company purchased a 3 pound piece of the hull in 1991 before the wreckage site was protected. They also use coal that was recovered from the debris field in a lacquer used on the black watch faces.

The gold, platinum and steel watches were offered for sale for between $7500 and $173,100.

Yvan Arpa, chief executive of the three year old company said the watches should represent a renewal instead of a reminder of the 1500 deaths.
"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.

Wow, talk about the ultimate waste of money to own a watch that actually has a few molecules of the Titanic.

I wonder if they are multi-use or just work the first time you wear them.
Are they waterproof?
"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."

They offer a story. I thought so.

Jim M

[thanks to The Moderate Voice for the link]


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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Gee, yet another company making money off of someone else's tragedy. These watches belong right up there with those coins that have silver twin towers made from silver from the site.

6:45:00 PM  
Blogger Libby Spencer said...

Jebus. They offer a story alright. A horror story. That's just creepy.

7:49:00 PM  
Blogger nolocontendere said...

And the drinking water in those bottles on the store shelves comes from virgin snowfall waaaay up in the mts. Look - it even has a picture of the mountain on it.

12:01:00 AM  

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