Tuesday, October 8, 2013

RJ - Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter Watch

RJ - Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter Watch
The RJ-Romain Jerome watch company springs yet another surprise with its latest creation. In a fresh tribute to the conquest of space, RJ-Romain Jerome presents an exceptional model equipped with a Manufacture movement: a flying tourbillon featuring a unique three-dimensional architecture.

With its generous 49 mm wide, 45 mm long and 20 mm thick dimensions, the Moon Orbiter looks every inch a true sci-fi fantasy. Its imposing rectangular shape and its numerous special-shaped sapphire crystals create a striking effect: its bezel-free case combining watchmaking steel with elements from Apollo 11 is composed of an exclusive system of lugs mounted on pneumatic cylinders to ensure both wearer comfort and the smooth fit of the black alligator leather strap with pin buckle-fastening.

RJ - Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter Watch side

RJ - Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter Watch back

The hours and minutes are read off on an off-centred 3 o’clock counter on the right-hand side of the dial. The openworked hands are red-lacquered, while the 42-hour power reserve is displayed by a lacquered red cursor appearing on a separate subdial between the lugs at 6 o’clock. Everything is designed to highlight the flying tourbillon enthroned at 9 o’clock, on the left-hand side of the dial. The case has been literally built around the movement in such a way that no detail goes unnoticed.

Representing a true technical feat, the off-centred flying tourbillon is maintained in orbit by a “3D” arm extending from the lower part of the movement and playing the role of a launch pad: it sweeps majestically over the dial like a space vessel. It is on this dial that moon dust has been incorporated in a nod to the intergalactic missions undertaken by RJ-Romain Jerome… Adorned with a “stellar-patterned” engraving, it echoes the brand’s signature satin-brushed cross-strut traverses. The entirely decorated back of the movement picks up the same constellation motif. Nestling between the lugs at 12 o’clock, another engraved subdial is stamped with the brand monogram. The five shaped sapphire crystals fitted all around the case provide a complete view of the unique architecture and geometry of this exclusive mechanical self-winding movement; while the sapphire crystal set into the caseback provides a complete view of the understated oscillating weight and the gear trains.

The latest addition to the Moon-DNA collection, Moon Orbiter brings with it an aggressive and imposing design that highlights the complexity of the movement. This 25-piece limited edition will delight devotees of horological originality and complexity that are light-years away from traditional watchmaking…

ABOUT RJ-ROMAIN JEROME

Air, earth, sea: RJ-Romain Jerome offers the raw energy of imagination to those who are capable of nurturing their most secret dreams. Born at the dawn of the 3rd millennium, RJ-Romain Jerome creates the watches of the new horological era. The magic of the moon, the power of lava, and underwater mysteries are the poetic driving forces behind this creative explosion.

Whether through recovering steel from the Titanic or from the Apollo 11 space shuttle, mingling silver with moon dust or sculpting volcano lava, RJ-Romain Jerome asserts its iconoclastic spirit and electrifies tradition by celebrating contemporary legends. Its approach is characterised by a blend of raw character and elaborate refinement, drawing as much on the roar of an erupting volcano as on the writings of H.G. Wells.

A taste for adventure, an all-conquering spirit and visionary avant-gardism merge with the realm of the imagination in the "Titanic-DNA", "Moon Dust-DNA" and "Eyjafjallajökull-DNA" collections. These three worlds exalt contemporary horizons through a resolutely masculine and contemporary touch. From the ocean depths to the immensity of space, from incandescent lava to age-old minerals, the RJ-Romain Jerome collections are far more than just astonishing watches: they define a new era in watchmaking.

Offering every man a chance to explore a dreamlike new dimension, they also embody the values of their times: a sense of distinctiveness, a need for speed, and a spectacular yet discreetly sophisticated aura of virility.

Air, earth and sea: it is now up to everyone to find his own universe, and to give substance to his dream and to his own vision of Time.

TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS  

Reference: RJ.M.TO.MO.001.01
Caliber: RJ3000-A – Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28'800 v/h
Jewelling: 32 jewels
Power reserve: 42 hours
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)
Functions: hours and minutes at 3 o’clock, flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock, power reserve at 6 o’clock
Case: 44,5 x 48,5 mm, steel, steel with elements from the Apollo 11 space shuttle
Five shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystals
Fitted with cylinder system for optimal wrist adjustment
Case back: opening with sapphire crystals
Dial: black dial containing Moon Dust. Integrated X-shaped traverses
Circular satin-brushed counters
Hands: oxidised black and satin-brushed hours and minutes hands with red lacquer. Red lacquered power reserve indication.
Crown: steel screw-lock crown with black rubber
Strap: black alligator strap
Limited edition 25 pieces

RJ - Romain Jerome Press