Swiss luxury watch maker RJ-Romain Jerome pays homage to the conquest of space by presenting Moon Orbiter, an extraordinary limited edition 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 open worked 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.
Model: Moon Orbiter – Limited Edition
Collection: Moon-DNA collection
Caliber RJ3000-A – Mechanical self-winding movement
Frequency: 28’800 v/h
Jewelling: 32 jewels
Power reserve; 42 hours
Hours and minutes at 3 o’clock, flying tourbillon at 9 o’clock, power reserve at 6 o’clock
44,5 x 48,5 mm Steel, steel with elements from the Apollo 11 space shuttle
Five shaped anti-reflective sapphire crystals
Fitted with cylinder system for optimal wrist adjustment
Case back: Opening with sapphire crystals
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)
Crown: Steel screw-lock crown with black rubber
Black dial containing Moon Dust
Integrated X-shaped traverses Circular satin-brushed counters
Oxidised black and satin-brushed hours and minutes hands with red lacquer
Red lacquered power reserve indication
Black alligator strap
Limited edition 25 pieces
CHF 107,000.- / EUR 99,000. – / USD 115,000.- / GBP 79,300.-