RJ Romain Jerome symbolises everything that is exciting about the watch industry at present. In the scheme of things they are a fairly young brand who have achieved staggering results within a short period of time.
The company was founded only nine years ago in 2004. In 2006 they launched their iconic DNA series of timepieces that pays homage to famous legends of the 20th century. These wonderful watches display some of the most distinctive designs currently available on the market. The phenomenal Moon Orbiter is the latest addition to the range.
Personally I thrive on well-conceived designs and I feel this watch exudes these qualities. Most of the DNA timepieces conform to a highly recognisable design. The pieces I have previously reviewed have had large bold round cases with aggressive styling. RJ Romain Jerome has departed from familiar territory with the sublime Moon Orbiter. This marvellous piece has an imposing rectangular silhouette giving the watch a whole new dynamic.
With dimensions of 49 mm x 45 mm x 20 mm the Moon Orbiter is without doubt a substantial timepiece. The case is constructed from stainless steel with elements from the Apollo 11 space shuttle. RJ Romain Jerome has also incorporated five shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystals into the sophisticated design. I love the exclusive new system of lugs mounted on pneumatic cylinders. Fundamentally these elements and the ergonomic styling should make this watch a comfortable option to be worn on a daily basis.
The methodology behind the design was to create a watch epitomising true sci-fi fantasy. Ultimately I think they have achieved this very successfully. The façade of the Moon Orbiter is absolutely spectacular and flawlessly finished. Every component of this magnificent creation works perfectly. The dial is composed of two circular counters displaying the hours, minutes and the mind blowing flying tourbillon. Amazingly actual moon dust has been used in its development. In my opinion this is one of the most accomplished designs RJ Romain Jerome has ever produced.
As well being a sensational looking timepiece the Moon Obiter is also equipped with a highly complicated movement. The Caliber RJ3000-A is mechanical self-winding movement comprising 32 jewels and oscillating at a frequency of 28,800 bph. Functionally the watch features hours, minutes, flying tourbillon and power reserve indicator.
The sublime Moon Orbitor comes equipped with an Alligator strap and is limited to only 25pieces.
Priced for the connoisseur at $115,000.
By Steve Huyton