Luxury watchmaker RJ-Romain Jerome has unveiled its first ever pilot’s watch, a timepiece which was named the Spacecraft. Along with CEO Manuel Emch, watch designer Eric Giroud and independent watchmaker Jean-Marc Wiederrecht developed the limited-edition Spacecraft model with discreet charm and a pure, restrained design. It was clear from the first sketches that they wanted to create a unique timepiece, combining retro-futuristic aesthetics.
The resulting trapeze-shaped model features a 50 x 44,5 x 18,5 mm black PVD-coated titanium case, with a rectilinear profile and a facetted surface designed to echo the look of a spacecraft. A black rotating disc with a red indicator transferred on the sapphire crystal indicates the minutes on the top of the case, while the linear hour display is read off laterally.
At the heart of this watch is self-winding RJ2000-A caliber movement, developed at Geneva-based Agenhor manufacturing facility exclusively for Romain Jerome. The movement features a unique spring-driven carriage that drives the hour display (visible on the side of the watch) by means of a red-lacquered cursor, which moves beneath the sapphire crystal every 60 minutes. The dragging minutes, appearing on a black disc, are read off on the top of the case, which also features bead-blasted titanium plates. A screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock sets the time. The Spacecraft watch is fitted with a black polyamide mesh strap.
Only 99 pieces of this limited-edition model will be produced and will cost about 20,000 Swiss Francs ($22,000).