Timepieces Fit For A Superhero
With the release of The Batman this weekend, fans of the superhero are more interested than ever in the official merchandise that brings the movie to life in a variety of ways. And this latest round of offerings celebrating the film is particularly robust, with products ranging from apparel to toys to perfume to limited edition Oreos and watches. And, of course, LEGO sets.
WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences said that The Batman range is the largest collection of film-related products offered in more than a decade, debuting in recognition of the just-released film and the adventures of DC Comics beloved fictional character, which dates to 1939.
Here’s a taste of The Batman products in the watch world, from Fossil and Kross Studio.
The Batman x Fossil
On February 28, Fossil launched its The Batman x Fossil capsule collection of watches, jewelry and more. Two limited edition timepieces anchor the collection, and the first is a 43mm stainless steel model with black PVD coating on a black silicone strap. It is powered by an automatic movement visible through the watch’s transparent case back, which is decorated with a red Batman insignia. It is priced at $300. Two additional interchangeable straps are available, one in steel mesh and one in blue silicone. They are priced at $60 and $30, respectively.
The second model, based on the Riddler, is 44mm, quartz driven and has a leather strap. Its green and black décor carries through to the dial, which features a question mark at 6 o’clock and a the Batman insignia at 12 o’clock. It is priced at $160 and is compatible with two additional straps, in steel mesh or blue silicone.
Kross Studio The Batman Tourbillon
Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, The Batman Tourbillon from Kross Studio features all things Batman, from its dark color scheme to the Bat-Signal on the dial.
The 45mm timepiece is made from titanium, with black DLC treatment. Inside, a new version of Kross’s in-house developed and produced manually wound caliber KS 7000 powers its functions. The new 27-jewel KS 7001 has a power reserve of five days, and it is wound by lifting the D-ring on the watch’s case back and turning it like a key. To set the time, the wearer presses the “time set” pushbutton on the case at 3 o’clock, while simultaneously turning the D-ring in either direction.
The double-pronged hour indication, meant to recall Batman’s ears, travels around Kross’s central tourbillon, and the minutes are indicated on a disk with red numerals. The titanium case back has an anti-reflective crystal showcasing another perspective of the movement.
According to Kross Studio, it was their intent to create an ergonomic, user-friendly watch, and this extends to The Batman Tourbillon’s straps, which are easily interchangeable. Each of the three included straps has a DLC-coated clasp and black rubber lining, offered in embossed black calf leather, black rubber with black stitching, and red rubber with red stitching.
The watch comes with an aluminum Bat-Signal art piece that lights up like its comic-book counterpart; it also has a space to safely store the watch. There are only 10 of these watch/Bat-Signal collector sets available, and each is priced at $100,000.