16 Aug
The $59,000 limited edition Memento Mori, Carpe Diem! watch

If you’ve ever wondered what a really, really rich goth rocker would wear as a timepiece, may we present you with the Memento Mori, Carpe Diem! wristwatch. Translated as “remember you will die, so seize the day”, the existentialist watch was designed by Daniel Strom, son of watch maker Armin Strom. The heavily death-themed watch is certainly a head turner, with copious skulls adorning the watch throughout — but a bit much for all but the most skull-obsessed. The water resistant watch case is handmade in either sterling silver, palladium, gold, or platinum, with diamonds inserted as eyes of the larger skulls. The bone-white face uses Roman numerals and an AR-coated sapphire crystal over the dial, with other sapphire crystals on the caseback. Every limited edition Memento Mori, Carpe Diem wristwatch (some as few as 12 pieces) comes with either a black or white hornback alligator strap, with pricetags ranging from  6,666 euros (about $8,500) for the silver to 46,666 euros ($59,000) in platinum.

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The watch is named the ” Good advice, but you aren’t gonna close  a lot of business meetings with ol’ silver bones here. The message is the same as the much more innocuous Mr. Jones The Accurate watch I discussed here. I mention silver by the way, because that is one of the three metals the watch is available it. Not quite sure of the watch size actually, but I hope it is massive. The watch case is handmade. Basically, each of these pieces is going to be a custom order. Strom themselves even invites you to suggest custom orders, “All is possible, ask for an offer.” I the case design is gothic cool with skulls and architecture resembling an underground catacombs crypt. Skulls and bones stacked up making the corridors. You can even get versions of the palladium cased version with diamond decoration. Diamonds are used on the case as the eyes of the some of the larger skulls. I want to meet the man who orders that piece.

Momento Mori, Carpe Diem has an inner case that is steel and hold the movement, which is a simple, automatic Swiss ETA 2824. The case is water resistant to 50 meters and has an AR coated sapphire crystal over the dial, and other sapphire crystal on the caseback. The watch dial is pure gothic design complete with Roman numerals and a “bone-white” color. The dial is also available in black, and the hands can be ordered in different colors. I do wonder how ergonomic that skull-shaped crown is going to be? Daniel Strom pairs the piece to a hornback alligator strap in black or white (really, a white strap for this watch?).

Wanna get one? These are allStrom will make you ones of these watches while you slowly sit and contemplate your death. It should take them about a month to complete it. On the low end, you can get one of the sterling silver cased versions forGet one soon and wear it to your local industrial music club to make everyone else jealous.

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