Swiss luxury watch maker RJ has announced the brand’s participation in the 8th Only Watch charity auction and exhibition, benefitting the organization’s mission to support research on neuromuscular diseases, particularly Duchenne muscular dystrophy.
The independent Swiss watchmaker will donate the ARRAW 6919 ‘Only Watch’, a titanium timepiece created by RJ specifically for the charity auction with a one-of-a-kind, customized moon phase movement.
The ARRAW 6919 ‘Only Watch’ will embark on a global tour and exhibition starting September 25, with stops in Monaco, Dubai, Paris, London, New York, Tokyo, Singapore, Hong Kong, and Taipei. Finally, on November 9 at 2 p.m. (Geneva Time), the ARRAW 6919 ‘Only Watch’ will be auctioned at the Four Seasons Hôtel des Bergues, in Geneva, under the hammer of Christie’s and under the patronage of His Sovereign Highness the Prince of Monaco.
The unique timepiece created for Only Watch expands on the design of RJ’s new ARRAW 6919 model, a DNA concept timepiece created to mark the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon landing. The universe of space and the journey to the moon inspired multiple elements of its design, from its space-age aesthetic to the design of the patented moon phase movement.
The ARRAW 6919 model features a patented RJ moon phase mechanism, the brand’s first in-house movement, and displays a three-dimensional moon rotating 360° during a complete mooncycle.
The ARRAW 6919 ‘Only Watch’ takes the Apollo 11 inspired concept even further witha special three-dimensional applique that is secured on the moon phase indicator driving wheel and represents the Apollo 11 Command and Service Module (CSM).
The engraving of geographic as well as selenographic coordinates add the finishing touch to the wheel’s design. The first coordinates correspond to the launch site at the Kennedy Space Station, and the second ones refer to the moon landing site on the Tranquility Base.
The ARRAW 6919 ‘Only Watch’ contains authentic material sourced from the original Apollo 11 spacecraft. The material is encased within a super light, high-performance composite created by RJ specifically for the ARRAW 6919 collection and forms the timepiece’s bezel. The design of the metal grid that securely fastens the composite bezel to the case was inspired by the Apollo 11 command module. Each ARRAW 6919 comes with a certificate, signed by the president of the Association of Space Explorers, guaranteeing the authenticity of the spacecraft material.
The ARRAW 6919‘Only Watch’ also comes equipped with a waterproof polyamide strap engraved with linear designs that recall the pattern made on the powdery lunar surface by the boot of Armstrong’s spacesuit.
The rugged and practical ARRAW strap system is also fully interchangeable. The strap is easily detached by pushing simultaneously on the two lug screws, allowing the strap to be released with a simple click. The clasp and deployment buckle are just as easily removed with the push of a lever, no tools required. The timepiece also offers water-resistance up to 100 meters or 330 feet.
Model: ARRAW 6919 ONLY WATCH
Limited Edition: Unique piece
Type: ARRAW Space
Diameter: 45 mm
Case: Grade 5 titanium, circular satin-brushed
Bezel: Grade 5 titanium, circular satin-brushed. Insert in composite material combining a high-performance resin with parts from the Apollo 11 spacecraft
Lugs: Grade 5 titanium, vertical satin-brushed and polished on the side. Inserts in black composite
RJ BumpersTM: Black rubber
Crystal: Domed sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Case back: Open in grade 5 titanium, circular satin-brushed with sapphire crystal
Crown: Screw-lock crown in grade 5 titanium with black rubber insert
Water resistance: 100 meters or 330 feet
Caliber RJ-2180 Mechanical self-winding movement with RJ 360° Moon phases mechanism
Winding: Bidirectional self-winding with oscillating weight with Saturn V rocket engines design
Frequency: 28’800 alternances/hour (4 Hz)
Power reserve: 38 hours approximately
Central hours and minutes
Date aperture at 3 o’clock
Central 360° Moon phase with a three-dimensional applique representing the Apollo 11 Command and Service Module (CSM)
Sapphire dial open to the movement
Appliques: Rhodium-plated and satin-brushed with white luminescent coating
Hands: Rhodium-plated and satin-brushed with white luminescent coating
Type: Interchangeable ARRAW strap
Material: Black polyamide on black rubber inlay and black stitching
Clasp: Titanium folding clasp, polished and satin-brushed, side plates in black composite and cover in black rubber