Timepiece

Watches worthy of a superhero

With the release of The Batman this weekend, fans of the superhero are more interested than ever in official merchandise that brings the movie to life in a variety of ways. And this latest round of deals celebrating the film is particularly robust, with products ranging from clothing and toys to perfumes, Oreos and limited-edition watches. And, of course, LEGO sets.

WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences said that The Batman is the largest collection of movie-related merchandise offered in over a decade, debuting in recognition of the just-released movie and adventures of the beloved DC Comics fictional character, set in 1939.

Here is a taste of The Batman products from the watchmaking world, from Fossil and Kross Studio.

The watches

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 driven by an automatic movement visible through the transparent back of the watch, adorned 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 and has a leather strap. Its green and black decor can be found on the dial, which features a question mark at 6 o’clock and a Batman insignia at 12 o’clock. It’s priced at $160 and is compatible with two additional straps, steel mesh or blue silicone.

Kross Studio The Batman Tourbillon

Created in partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products, the Kross Studio Batman Tourbillon features everything Batman, from its dark color scheme to the Bat-Signal on the dial.

The 45mm timepiece is made of titanium, with a black DLC treatment. Inside, a new version of the hand-wound caliber KS 7000 developed and produced in-house by Kross powers its functions. The new 27-jewel KS 7001 has a five-day power reserve and is wound by lifting the D-ring on the back of the watch case and turning it like a key. To set the time, the wearer presses the “time set” pusher located on the case at 3 o’clock, while simultaneously turning the D-ring in one direction or the other.

The double-pointed hour indication, intended to recall Batman’s ears, runs through the central Kross tourbillon, and the minutes are indicated on a disc with red numerals. The titanium case back features an anti-reflective glass offering another perspective of the movement.

According to Kross Studio, their intention was to create an ergonomic and user-friendly watch, and this extends to the straps of the Batman Tourbillon, which are easily interchangeable. Each of the three included straps features a DLC-coated clasp and black rubber lining, offered in embossed black calfskin, 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 store the watch safely. There are only 10 of these collectible Watch/Bat-Signal sets available, and each is priced at $100,000.