Kross Studio, Warner Bros. Consumer Products, and DC Celebrate the “THE BATMAN” Film Release with New 10-Piece Bat-Signal Inspired Luxury Collector Set.
Kross Studio and Warner Bros. Consumer Products expand their ongoing partnership with their latest collaboration featuring two new projects in celebration of the upcoming Warner Bros. Pictures’ film “The Batman,” including a new 10-piece, limited-numbered “The Batman” Collector set and a new series of “The Batman”-themed watch rolls. The luxury collector set (100,000 USD) will include “The Batman” Tourbillon watch and an illuminated Bat-Signal functional art piece. “The Batman” will be released in theaters internationally beginning March 2, and in the US on March 4, 2022.
The new collection of watch rolls, each sold separately ($250 USD), will feature four distinct representations inspired by iconic DC characters from the film: Batman (two editions), Selina Kyle (Catwoman), and The Riddler.
A Bat Signal for the Wrist
The Kross team developed a wristwatch that embodies Batman, with its dark styling, ultra-precise movement, and the Bat Signal representation so famously used to summon the Super Hero. Here, it is a canvas for a central tourbillon cage in the form of a Bat emblem. The watch was created with a new version of Kross Studio’s in-house developed and produced caliber KS 7’000: the mechanical hand-wound 3 Hz caliber KS 7'001, with a 5-day power reserve. Placed atop the central tourbillon’s oversized cage, the miniature Bat-Signal’s louvered surface allows light to filter through and enables glimpses of the regulator below and makes one revolution per minute.
The timepiece presents a different reading of hours and minutes. The hour hand is affixed to a peripheral display mechanism orbiting 360° around the tourbillon. The minutes are displayed on a disk, making one revolution per hour. A domed sapphire crystal arcs over the dial in a low profile that complements the rounded edges of the black DLC coated grade 5 titanium 45mm titanium case. Altogether, the movement and watch components total 283 parts, each hand-made and assembled on-site by Kross Studio in Gland, Switzerland.
Utility, Form, and Function
For Kross Studio, the timepiece design required an equal balance of ergonomic considerations and improved user experience. The unique D-ring crown, found on the case back, and the “Time Set” push button, placed at 3 o’clock on the edge of the watch, maintain a low-profile to ensure a more comfortable wear than a conventional crown while also improving performance with a faster, easier winding and time-setting experience.
The barrel’s mainspring is wound by lifting the D-Ring found on the case back and turning it like a key. To set the time, the wearer simply presses the “Time Set” push button located at 3 o'clock while turning the case back D-ring in either direction.
Ease of use also extends to changing “The Batman” Tourbillon’s watch straps via Kross Studio’s ingenious interchangeable strap system, allowing the removal and change of the strap with a simple ‘click’ of its quick-release button. This enables an easy switch to any one of the three included strap options: a black calf leather strap embossed with the pattern of Batman’s armor, a black rubber strap with black stitching, or the red rubber strap with red stitching. All straps are reinforced with a black rubber inlay for optimal durability and comfort.