New York, USA – Reported by Elite Traveler, the private jet lifestyle magazine
Swiss luxury watch company RJ-Romain Jerome, has unveiled the Liberty-DNA watch to commemorate the 125th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty. Fragments of the statue were recovered during the centenary restoration work and, in partnership with the Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Gold Leaf Corporation passed these historical particles to RJ-Romain Jerome, who incorporated them into the Liberty-DNA watch dial.
The bronze bezel of this 125-piece limited-edition watch is adorned with 12 spikes reminiscent of the statue’s crown. The verdigris dial echoes the color of oxidised copper, the facetted hands are bronze colored and the strap made from vintage brown alligator leather. The medallion on the case-back of the watch depicts the flame of liberty lighting up the stars and stripes of the American flag. The watch will acquire a patina as it ages over time, thereby adopting the color of the original.
The Statue of Liberty was a gift to the USA from France in 1886, to mark the centenary of American Independence. The inauguration of this iconic landmark was attended by the President of the United States, along with hundreds of handpicked guests and several thousand spectators.
Signed by the French artist Bartholdi, the statue bears the inscription, ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’ and has come to symbolize human rights. For millions of immigrants over the decades, this figure towering over the bay of New York has been the first image of their American dream.
The Statue of Liberty-Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in partnership with the National Park Service/U.S. Department of the Interior. In addition to restoring the monuments, the Foundation created a museum in the Statue’s base and the world-class Ellis Island Immigration Museum, The American Immigrant Wall of Honor®, the American Family Immigration History Center® and its newest project The Peopling of America® Center scheduled for completion in 2013. Its endowment has funded over 200 projects at the islands.
Gold Leaf was established in 1984 and is the exclusive partner of The Statue of Liberty – Ellis Island Foundation, Inc. for artifacts preserved from the centennial restoration of the Statue of Liberty National Monument and Ellis Island. Gold Leaf is dedicated to utilizing the artifacts preserved from The Statue of Liberty & Ellis Island in specially designed programs to perpetuate the idea and spirit of ‘Liberty Enlightening the World’.