Diamonds are in the spotlight at RJ-Romain Jerome this year. The Moon Invader 40 and Titanic-DNA timepieces from the third millennium watchmaking Maison shine with dazzling brilliance, giving a new sparkle to the various pieces in the collections.
The Moon Invader 40 models, the latest additions to the Moon-DNA collection featuring a smaller case and including elements of the Apollo 11 spacecraft, have been bejewelled. Whether in steel or black PVD, each bezel is flanked respectively by 70 diamonds (0.71cts) or black sapphires (0.89cts) and defines the “cushion” shape of the watch. The functional ball-and-socket joints on the four “corners” of this rounded square are shaped like the pivoting “feet” of the Lunar Exploration Module.
These extremely sophisticated components mounted on axles anchored in the case, hold the spring-bars of the fabric strap and enable the watch to adapt to all wrist sizes. The diamonds on the bezel shine among the Moon Invaders and offer a whole new vision of this collection with its futuristic design.
The Moon Dust Red Mood Chrono already lighting up the Moon-DNA collection with its stellar brilliance from the red gold, is now bringing a new sparkle echoing that of the stars, thanks to the paws which are laden with 164 diamonds (1.14 cts). This timepiece carries all the distinctive RJ-Romain Jerome design codes: the lunar grey dial as a hand-sculpted evocation of the Moon, the Moon dust and the four-blade “seconds hand” which are reminiscent of satellite solar panels. Red gold for the case, carbon fibre on the bezel and diamonds embellishing the lugs, the materials are harmoniously combined on this model with its literally cosmic radiance.
In the Titanic-DNA collection, 3.27 cts worth of diamonds brighten-up the bezels of the Steampunk models. Devoid of any dial enabling wearers to appreciate in full the rigorous lines and sturdy build of a mechanism, the Steampunk collection commands respect.
These timepieces, whether an automatic self-winding movement or a chronograph, faithfully reflect the Steampunk aesthetic, a mix of retro futuristic and authentic industrial codes: raw index, a mobile propeller driven by the oscillating weight, four screw-down pistons symbolising the brand’s famous “X” motif and the bezel held firmly in place by four steel, black PVD-coated or red gold paws depending on the version.
Creating a powerful contrast with the raw, virile finishes of the Steampunk collection, the 286 precious stones lend a whole new dimension to this imposing 50 mm case.
By Reena Patel