As the new DC-universe film Suicide Squad opened last week in theaters, hardcore fans and critics head butted. The modern comic industry like the watchmaking world have some of the most passionate enthusiasts. Provided below is a selection of watchmakers that use characters as an inspiration for their timepieces or films that have placed watches in their own stories.
Heritage Bubble Joker
The Corum Bubble was introduced at the start of the new millennium and it was considered a radical look because of its size and domed crystal. Released at Baselworld 2016, the Heritage Bubble Joker also captivated and confused many. While the watch definitely celebrates the DC character, the illustration appears to resemble more of Harley Quinn’s design aesthetic than the Joker’s.
Our Director, Tim Mosso had this to say during Baselworld: “But let’s get real; that’s Harley Quinn in all but name. And if you’re a nerd worth your wasted youth, you know exactly what I’m taking about.”
The watch was one of 35 new variants of the Bubble and features an automatic movement with an incredible dial design, even if it doesn’t really make sense. The openworked leaf-type hands stand out even though the illustration is hard to compete with.
Batman –DNA Gotham City
Atlhough the Joker is at the center of Suicide Squad, Ben Affleck’s Batman shows up for a quick minute, so let's revisit the Romain Jerome Batman-DNA Gotham City.
The watch is true to the original model and is enhanced with the facetted bezel in black PVD-coated steel, reminiscent of the Batmobile. At night, Gotham City comes alive thanks to strong blue Superluminova that lights up the hand-applied Batman applique and showcases the city’s different personalities. The engraving is actually an engraved 3D map of Gotham City. The watch is a limited edition of 75 pieces and is priced at $19,500.
Kingsman Special Edition
With a quick cameo in Kingsman: The Secret Service, Bremont co-founder Nick English embodies the true spirit of a Kingsman. Although the Matthew Vaughn film was a huge hit, Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons originally created the comic with the same title.
The watchmaker created three unique custom made watches for the film. Each agent in the film wears a beautifully crafted Kingsman Special Edition Rose Gold on an alligator strap, while the trainees sport the black Kingsman Special Edition DLC chronograph. Also available is the Kingsman Special Edition Stainless Steel, worn by Mark Strong in the movie. Like Bond with Omega, Kingsman and Bremont will hopefully have a long partnership together.
On to some Marvel movies. The first Iron Man film, which launched the entire Marvel Cinematic Universe contained a lot of watch shout-outs. From Bell & Ross to Hublot there was a lot of watch identification to be done, but the real standout was the Bulgari Diagono models.
The models were launched for Baselworld but showed up in the film even though shooting was in advance of Basel. The watch is now discontinued, but with a moon-phase display and retrograde day and date it’s still fun to marvel at Tony Stark’s timepiece. The moonphase is displayed at the 6 o’clock position via an oscillating disc beneath the dial. The in-house designed and manufactured Caliber BVL 347 powers the watch.