With RJ (Romain Jerome), you can wear parts of the Apollo 11 spacecraft on your wrist
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If you are a lover of the moon and apace, the newest RJ (formerly Romain Jerome) Arraw 6919 watch may take you to the moon and back. The 45mm watch has a host of intriguing factors about it, not the least of which is the fact that the bezels of the timepieces include pieces of the actual Apollo 11 spacecraft. Each bezel is made using a super lightweight, ultra hard composite material combined with high-performance acrylic glass and parts form the Apollo 11.
It was 50 years ago on July 20, 1969, that Apollo 11 successfully landed on the moon. To celebrate that milestone, RJ has created this unique material that is used to form the bezel of the watch. It is affixed to the case using a metal grid whose design was inspired by the command module. Additionally, an all-new movement with unique moon phase indication powers the watch.
The RJ-2180 caliber is a self-winding movement with a 360-degree moon phase mechanism. Starting with a base movement, SW-280 mechanical caliber, RJ has modified it to accommodate the patented RJ Moon Phase system. It is equipped with a three-dimensional moon orb that rotates a full 360-degrees over the course of the moon’s 29.5 –day cycle. Additionally, there is a date display at 3 o’clock on the dial, and the hour and minute hands play a dual role because they also indicate Earth’s location during the moonphase cycle.
The movement offers 38 hours of power reserve. the sapphire domed crystal and partially open-worked dial allows for viewing of a portion of the movement, and the caseback is made of transparent sapphire crystal for further viewing. It is water resistant to 100 meters.
The Arraw 6919 watch –with its unique and distinctive bezel -- is being offered in either 18-karat 5 N rose gold ($43,100) polished and brushed Grade 5 titanium ($22,700) and a full ceramic version ($25,100). Just 100 pieces of each will be made.
It should be noted that this unusual watch is not the brand’s first to house DNA unique to a particular place or vessel. In fact, in its DNA concept watch line, there have been previous watches unveiled in the past decade or so, including one with actual Moon Dust and another that boasted steel from the Titanic.
According to Marco Tedeschi, CEO and Creative Director of RJ, “Milestones in mankind fuel our drive for inspiration. I believe that each significant step leads to a wider world and is helping us to develop innovation in our field. ... This unique watch reflects our continuous aspiration to explore the unexplored and to show our commitment to discovery, sophistication and distinctiveness, subtly illuminated by the hands of our craftsmen.”
RJ also creates some of the most iconic comic superhero timepieces on the market in Collaboration watches such as Batman and Spider-Man, or video game stars like Super Mario, Space Invaders and Pac-Man.