RJ is known for watches that look like they’re straight out of every pop culture nerds dream. Many of them are the product of bomb collaborations and the two we’re going to introduce today are no different. The Joker and the Two-Face are watches worshiping two comic villains of the DC universe – and RJ is hinting that these two timepieces might only be the beginning.
For this latest creation, RJ is channelling its dark side. The DC Comics Villains watches are inspired by two of Batman’s biggest enemies: The Joker and Two-Face. The new collaboration with Warner Bros. and DC builds on the success of recent RJ creations like the Skylab Batman. Both The Joker and Two-Face version will be the first collaborations to be presented in RJ’s all-new ARRAW watch case.
The Joker has been the arch enemy of Gotham City’s crimefighter since the very first edition of the comic in 1940. A criminal mastermind with a warped and sadistic sense of humour, he is the very antithesis of the Dark Knight, in both looks and attitude. The Joker-inspired watch reproduces the aesthetic of the comic strip villain. Design cues from his flamboyant character appear throughout the watch, from his lethal razor-tipped playing cards to his striking facial make-up.
The watch is presented in a 45 mm titanium version of the ARRAW case. Noticeable for its four rubber bumpers and arrow-shaped hands, the case is crowned by a titanium bezel that is engraved with a chaotic Joker motif.
Beneath the anti-reflective sapphire glass, each Joker dial is individually hand-painted, meaning no two Joker watches will have the exact same make-up. The watch dial itself is a stylistic interpretation of the Joker’s own face: two black eyes sit at the centre of the dial which fades to white at the edges to reflect the Joker’s skin tones.
The Joker is powered by a self-winding chronograph movement featuring central hours and minutes, small seconds at 3 o’clock, a central chronograph hand, a 30 minutes counter at 9 o’clock and a date window at 6 o’clock. It works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of approximately 42 hours.
The Two-Face watch is an interpretation of the complex and conflicted villain who, as Gotham City’s district attorney, used to be one of Batman’s biggest allies. In Harvey Dent lies the classic struggle of good versus evil. He was attacked with sulphuric acid, became horribly disfigured and eventually insane. With his face split in two like his personality, Dent becomes obsessed with the concepts of duality, chance and good versus evil.
The Two-Face watch uses distressed design cues to evoke the twisted physical and mental state of the crazed criminal. The left-hand side of the watch is intentionally clean and structured, while on the right side, the three-layer skeleton movement is exposed to show the inner workings of the watch, as if acid itself had burnt away the outer casing and dial.
The dial also bears an engraving of the coin, which Two-Face famously spins to make life and death decisions and which, on the watch, serves as a turning second hand.
The skeleton movement provides a 48-hour power reserve and features chamfered edges and straight angles. As with The Joker, RJ uses for the Two-Face a 45 mm titanium ARRAW case. It sports a distressed outer bezel in which the engraved titanium bezel and leather strap have been structured along the right-hand side to echo the symmetrical disfiguring of the villain itself.
Each watch will be produced in a limited of only 100 pieces. Every Joker watch comes with three interchangeable straps; alligator skin in bright green or purple and a full-rubber strap in black.