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Space pilots of the world, prepare for lift-off ! The Romain Jerome Spacecraft will carry you off on an intergalactic mission to explore uncharted territories… RJ-Romain Jerome watch manufacture unveiled at this year’s Baselworld its first pilot’s watch: the Spacecraft. This 99-piece limited edition will delight devotees of horological complexity and original products. The new timepiece is a joint collaboration between Manuel Emch, Eric Giroud and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
Manuel Emch, CEO of RJ-Romain Jerome, chose to associate with two of the top names in the watch industry: Eric Giroud and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. The three men pooled their ideas and their creativity to give rise to a unique timepiece they named Spacecraft. Right from the first sketches, Manuel Emch and Eric Giroud imagined a very different type of product, combining retro-futuristic aesthetics and horological
“The design evolved in step with our discussions and our numerous exchanges. That is what makes it such a singular object”, explained Eric Giroud.
The pure lines and the apparent simplicity of the Spacecraft conceal a particularly complex movement – which is where the third mastermind behind the project comes into the picture : Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. It was in the latter’s Geneva-based manufacturing facility Agenhor that this mechanical self-winding movement was exclusively developed for RJ-Romain Jerome.
“The combination of these four functions – lateral, linear, jumping and retrograde hours – is unprecedented”, says Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
The movement features a kind of spring-driven carriage that drives the hour display visible on the side of the watch by means of a red-lacquered cursor moving beneath the metallised sapphire crystal every 60 minutes. The dragging minutes, appearing ona black disc, are read off on the top of the case that also features beadblasted titanium plates. Time-setting is done via a screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock. The Spacecraft watch is fitted with a black polyamide mesh strap.
Manuel Emch sums it up in these terms : “The concept we have created with this collection reflects a new approach for the brand, meaning facilitating access to innovative, contemporary and offbeat watchmaking.”
RJ-Romain Jerome and its Spacecraft:
Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency 28’800 v/h
Jewelling 54 jewels
Power reserve 38 hours
Water resistance 3 atm (30 meters)
Functions Linear retrograde jumping hour indicated by a red-lacquered cursor
Dragging minute indication by disc with a red indicator transferred on the sapphire crystal
Case 50 x 44,5 x 18,5 mm
Titanium, black PVD-coated titanium elements
Beadblasted titanium plates
Anti-reflective metallised sapphire crystals
Dial Dragging minute black disc with white indicators
Metallised lateral sapphire crystal with transferred hour indicators
Crown Black PVD-coated titanium, beadblasted, engraved RJ logo
Strap Black polyamide mesh, titanium buckle
Limited edition 99 pieces
Retail price: EUR 19,500.-* / USD 33,400.-