This is an edition limited to one single watch. It combines a tourbillon movement probably made by Concepto for Romain Jerome, and a hand-painted dial featuring the Pokémon characters. Romain Jerome has an ongoing cooperation with The Pokémon Company International, giving this watch an exclusive rarity value. They say that it will be assigned on a “first-paid, first-served” basis, but Im sure they’ll find a billionaire millennial Pokémon enthusiast somewhere out there…
The watch has a colourful dial with all those colourful characters combined into a crowded composition, and the flat perfection of the colours is in fact attained by hand. It’s a large piece at 48 mm diameter, with a black PVD-coated steel case on a black alligator strap with yellow and blue stitching. The tourbillon bridge is in the form of a bolt of lightning, a motif linked to the yellow Pikachu figure that is in a dominant position at the top of the dial. The case has a water resistance of 5 atm.
The case has a sapphire crystal through which you can see the oscillating weight, incorporating the same lightning bolt motif. Pikachu appears again in rear view, and other Pokémon figures are engraved onto the steel frame around the sapphire. The one-minute tourbillon movement is the RJ400-TS calibre, probably made by Concepto (calibre 8950-A) to Romain Jerome specifications. It runs at 4 Hertz, is self-winding, and has a power reserve of 60 hours.
Reference and price
The Tourbillon Pokémon by Romain Jerome is reference RJ.M.TO.PK.032.01, part of the Generational Icons collection. It is a single piece, and costs 200,000 Swiss francs, and the same figure in euro, dollars and pounds sterling. As at 9 June 2017 it was still available.