In my humble opinion, the best watches to come out of Romain Jerome in the last five or so years have been its culturally inspired “generational icons” series, done in collaboration with license partners. A lighter take on high horology, these watches have drawn largely from the video game realm, with dials paying homage to classic hits such as Tetris, Pac-Man, Space Invaders, Super Mario, and now cult classic Donkey Kong. Donkey Kong, conceived by Shigeru Miyamoto in 1981, is the series of video games featuring the adventures of a gorilla character called Donkey Kong and a man known as “Jumpman” who traversed obstacles and ladders to rescue his girlfriend. Die hard fans of course already know that Jumpman went on to be known as Mario, brother of Luigi, and star of Miyamoto’s all time greatest hit, Super Mario Bros. Another hallmark of the Donkey Kong series are barrels, which the Kongs use as weapons, vehicles, furniture, and lodging. All these character are elements feature prominently on the dial of this watch. At $16,500, the retail price on this watch feels hard to justify unless you’ve really got the play money, but that doesn’t hold me back from recognizing it as one cool watch.
Romain-Jerome Donkey Kong Watch
Limited edition 81 pieces
46mm titanium case, automatic mechanical Swiss caliber