Romain Jerome takes flight with Spacecraft watch

RJ-Romain Jerome has unveiled its first pilot’s watch, dubbed the Spacecraft, a timepiece created in partnership with RJ’s Manuel Emch and watch designers Eric Giroud and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.

The angular timepiece features a self-winding complication manufactured specially for Romain Jerome at Wiederrecht’s Geneva-based manufacturing facility Agenhor.

Manuel Emch said of the new creation: "The concept we have created with this collection reflects a new approach for the brand, meaning facilitating access to innovative, contemporary and offbeat watchmaking."

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It is said to have been a very different watch in its early stages, with Emch and Giroud conjuring up different styles of watch, combining "retro-futuristic aesthetics and horological complexity".

Giroud said of the watch: "The design evolved in step with our discussions and our numerous exchanges. That is what makes it such a singular object."

The resulting titanium case is an unusual trapeze-shape with black PVD-coating and a rectilinear profile that has a faceted surface.

The minutes are showcased by a black rotating disc with a red indicator on the sapphire crystal on the top of the case, while the linear hour display is read off laterally, making it easy to read with a glance at the wrist.

Wiederrecht said of the movement: "The combination of these four functions – lateral, linear, jumping and retrograde hours – is unprecedented."

The movement features a type 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.

Time-setting is done via a screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock, with the Spacecraft timepiece finished with a black polyamide mesh strap.

The watch is available in the limited edition of 99 pieces.
 

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