Here it is, the news that we all expected and is already shaking the watchmaking world. RJ-Romain Jerome Spacecraft has finally landed! A UWO (Unidentified Watchmaking Object) with a caliber designed by famous watchmakers Eric Giroud and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht, which will be produced to only 99 copies.
It is together with these two very fine watchmaking stars that Manuel Emch, CEO of RJ-Romain Jerome, has teamed to give birth to an ultra technical and creative timepiece: THE Spacecraft.
Right from the first sketches, Manuel Emch and Eric Giroud imagined a very different type of product, combining retro-futuristic aesthetics and horological complexity. “The design evolved in step with our discussions and our numerous exchanges. That is what makes it such a singular object”, explains Eric Giroud.
An unusual trapeze-shaped model featuring a black PVD-coated titanium case, its rectilinear profile and its facetted surface echo the aesthetic of 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.
Watch this video and you’ll understand:
The pure lines and the apparent simplicity of the Spacecraft conceal a particularly complex movement which is where the third mastermind behind the project comes into the picture: Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. It was in the latter’s Geneva-based manufacturing facility Agenhor (that we visited few years ago) that this mechanical self-winding movement was exclusively developed for RJ-Romain Jerome.
“The combination of these four functions lateral, linear, jumping and retrograde hours is unprecedented”, says Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
As you can see below, the movement features a kind of spring-driven carriage that drives the hour display visible on the side of the watch by means of a red-lacquered cursor moving beneath the metallised sapphire crystal every 60 minutes. The dragging minutes, appearing on a black disc, are read off on the top of the case that also features beadblasted titanium plates. The Spacecraft watch is fitted with a black polyamide mesh strap.
Time-setting is done via a screw-lock crown at 12 o’clock (see below).
To Manuel Emch to conclude: “The concept we have created with this collection reflects a new approach for the brand, meaning facilitating access to innovative, contemporary and offbeat watchmaking.” What a program…