$115,000 Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter watch has Apollo 11 moon dust DNA
It is not the first time that a premium watch-making company has created a limited edition watch made from unique material. And considering that it comes from a watch-making house like RJ-Romain Jerome, famous for making DNA watches, this exclusive wristwatch will make you say the word “Wow” out loud on first glance itself. Moon Orbiter timepiece has the moon dust from Apollo 11 space shuttle and rectangular design that is truly sci-fi and fit for trendy geeks. The watch as a flying tourbillion with a three-dimensional architecture and a bezel-free casing that has steel and elements from Apollo 11 spacecraft. The exclusive caliber RJ3000-A watch has automatic movement from La Joux-Perret, displaying time on the right and the tourbillion on the left hand side. To keep up with the theme, the dial has star-inspired geometric patterns.
According to Romain Jerome only 25 pieces of the Moon Orbiter watch will be made and the price tag of $115,000 makes sure that it is a dream watch only a handful can own.
# PRESS RELEASE
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.
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.