Romain Jerome create some of the most exciting and unusual wristwatches available, and in an industry which remains fiercely traditional their collections are renowned for their build quality, meticulous finishing and of course, their originality. Through their ingenious DNA concept which makes use of extraordinary materials salvaged from equally astounding entities, Romain Jerome offer the opportunity to connect with some of the most momentous periods in modern history.
The by-product of this kind of innovation is of course uniqueness, which makes Romain Jerome watches particularly suited to the portfolio of The Limited Edition.
For our customers who have a penchant for space-inspired paraphernalia, The Limited Edition are pleased to introduce into our portfolio the Romain Jerome Skylab Red wristwatch. The Skylab collection was created by Romain Jerome to celebrate an important milestone in space travel and through the use of their DNA concept, as you might well imagine, these models also have the added exclusivity of some very special construction material.
Of course, the clue is in the name, this collection is titled "Skylab" in honour of NASA's first space station, considered by many to be the predecessor of today's International Space Station. These models are also the first Romain Jerome watches to be fully skeletonised, but in place of the delicate fancy work normally associated with this skilful process, the craftsman at Romain Jerome have produced a very high-tech example of the skeletonisation technique, crafted to replicate the futuristic architecture of the Skylab spacecraft.
The result is a striking silhouette of a movement reduced to its bare minimum, sandwiched between front and rear sapphire with all of its working components laid bare. The angular bridges and unexpected linear arrangement which takes direct inspiration from the outline of NASA's Skylab give this model a clean, marginally industrial appearance but there a very unique kind of austere beauty to be found in its design. At 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock respectively, the single barrel and the balance wheel are dominant features with the gear train arranged neatly between the two, with a small seconds counter positioned at 9 o'clock. From every angle the micro-mechanics are exposed offering a compelling spectacle, and they appear to float effortlessly as if to conform to the space heritage of this collection. Even the hands have been openworked so that nothing detracts from the view of this complex five layered skeleton.
Red gold and PVD-coated steel combine to provide a contemporary frame for this Skylab Red model, sized at a very wearable diameter of 44mm. Clever contrasting finishes serve to emphasise the elements, including an eye-pleasing polish for the distinctive "paws" which appear to grip the bezel firmly. Inside is the RJ0004M mechanical movement with a power reserve of 48 hours.
If the design of this remarkable tribute to the three-dimensional realm were not enough to assuage their space fans, Romain Jerome have saved something very special for the construction of each case. Integrated within the metal of each black PVD-coated steel watchcase are actual fragments of Apollo 11, the space flight made famous when it landed the first humans on the moon, and with just 99 of these Skylab Red models available for purchase worldwide we feel that these models offer an impressive blend of uniqueness and exclusivity.