Nice watch, but whatever you do don't go swimming with it.
If you've got between $7,800 and $173,100 to spare and fancy owning a piece of history, Geneva watchmaker Romain Jerome has just the thing for you: a watch incorporating steel and coal from the Titanic. Watches in the "Titanic-DNA" collection are made from gold, platinum and steel, the latter coming from a 1.5 kg piece of the …
Someone once said of Arthur Koestler, author of 'Ghost in the Machine', that he was all antenna and no brain. While the characterization may have had some merit, Koestler, with his antenna vibrating went places other dared not. His book on humour was one such example. Lying is an area I would have liked Koestler to investigate. The phenomenology of lying is aptly fascinating. For example, one pathological liar I've known a long time will pepper his extemporaneous lies with repetitions of quantities. Four kegs, four days, four dead, but spread over the story. Liars seem to need to steer clear of their secret intent. And so I come to the deep, dead clocks being sold as..."It is a message of hope, of life stronger than death, of rebirth."
Which is to say it's a base, opportunistic exploitation of the dead for monetary gain. You sick, sick bastards.
What a bizarre idea. I mentally associate the Titanic with hubris, disaster, misplaced optimism, the indifference of nature, futility, waste, decay, and Lew Grade. None of those things make me want to buy a watch, with which to contemplate the unstoppable passage of time to inevitable death. Especially not a watch made out of coal!
I picture a timepiece of immense mechanical strength that breaks catastrophically if a raindrop hits it.
Perhaps he could manufacture a range of umbrellas made out of flammable fabric from the Hindenberg airship.
Further proof (if any were needed) that there is no human dignity left in the world when there's a buck to be made.
Perhaps instead of making 2,012 watches to commerorate 100 years since the tragedy, they should make 1,517 to commemorate the number of people who died so they could turn it into a marketing campaign...
"Perhaps instead of making 2,012 watches to commerorate 100 years since the tragedy, they should make 1,517 to commemorate the number of people who died so they could turn it into a marketing campaign..."
To help further this campaign they should also engrave the name, d.o.b, address etc of one person per watch. They would be able sell them for even more!
Well, I wouldn't like to be "properly connected to the titanic" if it involves having a sizeable chunk of it connected to my wrist...
The entire DNA-metaphor and anything using it should be avoided like the plague, as it comes with a 98% chance of being a dimwitted misrepresentation. (e.g. "The sourcecode is the DNA of an operating system" --- yes, and methylation then? Do you mean that two identical copies of the OS will over time grow to differ more and more while still having the same source? That's extremely worrying! Oh you didn't mean that, you just meant I heard something about DNA and understood it to be modern 'n fancy? Thanks Richard Dawkins, you bastard.)
The worst thing is, those watches will sell. Celebrities with a "bad boy" or "bitch" public image will find a lot of mileage with these. Then there are wealthy art collectors and company executives who, Vaderlike, revel in their bastardry. And they'll do this knowing that despite the inevitable booing and hissing, they'll make that much more from all the publicity and scandal surrounding it.
It makes me wish that, as in a horror movie, there would be a curse on the things - that anyone who buys or sells one will die by drowning within seven days of touching it.
Surely the families of the survivors can sue these scum?!
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