Romain Jerome Moon InvaderBy Jeffrey Hyatt
Romain Jerome presents the Moon Invader, a striking new watch that takes a design and inspirational cue from Apollo 11. The case is a technically complex 46 mm to frame the lunar legend, featuring a more bevelled yet delightfully rounded cushion shape that is almost a rectangle on its hidden side, made from steel coalesced by fusion with spare parts from Apollo 11. Each watch is thereby literally pervaded by memories of the lunar adventure.
While maintaining the symbolic X that has become a tradition on RJ dials, the line treats itself to a “mesh pattern” directly inspired by the woven metal strands on the tires of lunar roving vehicles. On the multi-layered dial, this gridwork pattern creates a high-tech screen effect and lends a symbolic functional element to the new collection codes. Each of the four zones of this meshing appears on the dial in one of the areas formed by the emblematic RJ X motif. The inner bezel rings are hand-applied, polished and drawn; like the hands, they are openworked and enriched with superluminova. [via acquire]