The Bat signal illuminates once again in the sky of Gotham through the Collector Set imagined by Kross Studio in collaboration with Warner Bros. Discovery Global Consumer Products.
A central tourbillon watch designed and manufactured within the Kross Studio ateliers, as well as a luminous sculpture in aluminum, make up this exclusive edition inspired by the Dark Knight and his universe. The Batman Collector Set (USD 100,000) is a limited edition of 10 pieces.
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.
Light Up the Night
The Bat-Signal plays such a key role in “The Batman” Tourbillon that it was only fitting for Kross Studio to include a functional Bat-Signal art piece as an integral element of each collector set. Each timepiece comes delivered alongside a functional Bat-Signal that illuminates, further immersing the collector into the universe of Gotham City and “The Batman”. It also hides a dedicated space on his backside to safely store The Batman tourbillon or any other watch.
Again, Kross Studio erases boundaries between art, pop culture, and high horology presenting a full collection of high-performance collectible products, in collaboration with a major entertainment company.
Kross Studio is an independent watchmaking manufacture and Swiss design studio, founded in 2020 by Marco Tedeschi. Within a few months in operation, Kross Studio achieved a significant milestone by becoming the first luxury watch brand to partner with Star Wars. Their joint effort culminated in an exceptional collector set comprising a top-of-the-line watch, a functional art piece, and a screen-used movie prop. Since then, exquisite collector sets has been unveiled, one after the other, and six unique movements have been developed for each of their timepiece. The collector sets created by Kross Studio draw inspiration from iconic pop culture universes, in collaboration with major players in global entertainment such as Warner Bros. Discovery, HBO, DC Comics, Lucasfilm or Hasbro. In the early months of 2023, Kross Studio launched its floating central tourbillon movement, marking a world-first achievement that has been patented. Equipped with this caliber, the inaugural line of Kross Studio’s exclusive timepieces elegantly harmonizes with its collaboration collection. With its in-house expertise in designing and manufacturing high-end watches, Kross Studio is able to offer products that are both exclusive and innovative. The brand is committed to challenging conventions and deeply respects ancestral know-how, providing each collector with a unique way to indulge in their passion.
Kross Studio’s products are available at Swiss Prestige (Taiwan).
Warner Bros. Consumer Products
Warner Bros. Consumer Products, part of WarnerMedia Global Brands and Experiences, extends the Studio’s powerful portfolio of entertainment brands and franchises into the lives of fans around the world. WBCP partners with best-in-class licensees globally on an award-winning range of toys, fashion, home décor, and publishing inspired by franchises and properties such as DC, Wizarding World, Looney Tunes, Hanna-Barbera, HBO, Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. The division’s successful global themed entertainment business includes groundbreaking experiences such as The Wizarding World of Harry Potter and Warner Bros. World Abu Dhabi. With innovative global licensing and merchandising programs, retail initiatives, promotional partnerships, and themed experiences, WBCP is one of the leading licensing and retail merchandising organizations in the world.
DC, a WarnerMedia Company, creates iconic characters, enduring stories, and immersive experiences that inspire and entertain audiences of every generation around the world and is one of the world’s largest publishers of comics and graphic novels. As a creative division, DC is charged with strategically integrating its stories and characters across film, television, consumer products, home entertainment, interactive games, DC UNIVERSE INFINITE digital subscription service and community engagement portal. For more information visit dccomics.com and dcuniverseinfinite.com.
About “The Batman”
From Warner Bros. Pictures comes Matt Reeves’ “The Batman,” starring Robert Pattinson in the dual role of Gotham City’s vigilante detective and his alter ego, reclusive billionaire Bruce Wayne. Two years of stalking the streets as the Batman (Robert Pattinson), striking fear into the hearts of criminals, has led Bruce Wayne deep into the shadows of Gotham City. With only a few trusted allies—Alfred (Andy Serkis), Lt. James Gordon (Jeffrey Wright)—amongst the city’s corrupt network of officials and high-profile figures, the lone vigilante has established himself as the sole embodiment of vengeance amongst his fellow citizens. When a killer targets Gotham’s elite with a series of sadistic machinations, a trail of cryptic clues sends the World’s Greatest Detective on an investigation into the underworld, where he encounters such characters as Selina Kyle (Zoë Kravitz), Oz/aka the Penguin (Colin Farrell), Carmine Falcone (John Turturro), and Edward Nashton/aka the Riddler (Paul Dano). As the evidence begins to lead closer to home and the scale of the perpetrator’s plans becomes clear, Batman must forge new relationships, unmask the culprit, and bring justice to the abuse of power and corruption that has long plagued Gotham City. Reeves (“The Planet of the Apes” franchise) directed from a screenplay by Reeves & Peter Craig, based on characters from DC. Batman was created by Bob Kane with Bill Finger. Dylan Clark (the “Planet of the Apes” films) and Reeves produced the film, with Michael E. Uslan, Walter Hamada, Chantal Nong Vo and Simon Emanuel serving as executive producers. Warner Bros. Pictures Presents a 6th & Idaho/Dylan Clark Productions Production, a Matt Reeves Film, “The Batman.”