The 46 mm case of the new Romain Jerome watch strikes by its technical complexity. It demonstrates a more bevelled yet nicely rounded cushion shape, actually almost a rectangle on its concealed side. It is remarkable that the case is sculptured from steel that was merged with spare parts taken from Apollo 11. The watch’s creators wanted to make it render the spirit of the lunar adventure. The steel surface of the case is black PVD-coated.
The functional ball-and-socket joints featured in the four corners of the squared-circle case have been inspired by the feet of the lunar landing module. They are mounted on axles anchored in the case and serve for holding the lugs of the black vulcanized rubber strap. These smart components allow the timepiece to comfortably adjust to any wrist size, not to mention they contribute to its unique visual identity.
The distinction of the Moon Invader, the brand’s security screws with the ball-and-socket joints are used along with the functional movement-locking screw found on the case-back.
The face of the watch maintains the symbolic X, a signature feature of the Romain Jerome dials. The mesh pattern on the multi-layered dial has been inspired by the woven metal strands seen on the tires of lunar roving vehicles. This original gridwork pattern results in a high-tech screen effect used in the field of watchmaking for the first time. The glance is also caught by the inner bezel rings that are hand-applied, polished and drawn. They are openworked and marked with Superluminova, the same as the hour and minutes hands.
The grainy-textured stellar case-back reveals a special plate produced from a silver alloy, the advantage of which is a remarkably low oxidisation rate, and incorporating moon rocks. The engraved plate will make you think of the lunar surface. The most exciting thing about the plate is that its mineral particles interact on an infra-molecular level with the watch’s wearer. The motifs presented by the case-back are also echoed by the interior part of the rubber strap fitted with a black PVD-coated steel buckle.
The timepiece is 30-meter water-resistant. It will be available in a limited number of 1, 969 pieces.
The Romain Jerome Moon Invader watch is also presented in a range of variations – purely in steel, in combination of steel and red gold, and in chronograph versions.