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News: Presenting the RJ-Romain Jerome Super Mario Bros. A $19,000 USD 85-piece Limited Edition Watch for Nintendo Fanatics.

For all Super Mario fans the long wait is finally over, RJ-Romain Jerome is now releasing the Super Mario Bros. collection. In honor of the game’s 30th anniversary, RJ is adding the center piece to its Generational Icons collection. In a 46mm case RJ has recreated the essence of the original Super Mario Bros. game from 1985. Nintendo’s legendary character Mario is exceptionally dressed in his recognizable red shirt and blue overalls with his famous jump and iconic mushroom. These most symbolic elements of the game are depicted on the dial and are all captured in the visual style that captivated a generation. The Super Mario Bros. timepiece is limited to 85 pieces to echo 1985, the year the game launched.
The new collaboration between RJ-Romain Jerome and Nintendo is a tribute to this genre-defining video game of the 8-bit era, the first of its kind.

Posted on November 30, 2015 and filed under Romain Jerome, Other Brands, News.

Insider: Romain Jerome Skylab Collection. Live Pictures and Pricing.

Fascinated by our universe and man’s accomplishments, Romain Jerome reinterprets contemporary history through the design of a new and aesthetically advanced timepiece, the Skylab. The infinity of space has intrigued mankind for centuries. When Magellan established the spherical shape of our planet or when Galileo, the father of modern observational astronomy, discovered Heliocentrism — astronomical model in which the earth and planets revolve around a relatively stationary sun at the center of the solar system—, the reality of space changed the vision of contemporary dreamers.

In honor of these discoveries, Romain Jerome has imagined a new timepiece with an avant-garde design and to be the first skeletonized timepiece from the manufacture. Named Skylab after NASA’s first space station and celebrating the 40th anniversary of its launch, the Skylab is available in three limited edition references —99 pieces each— featuring parts of the Apollo 11 in their 44 mm diameter cases, a skeletonized dial, a display case back and black calf straps with pin buckle. The Skylab Red ref. RJ.M.AU.028.01 features a black PVD-coated steel case with red gold bezel and polished black-PVD coated steel lugs and paws; the Skylab Speed Metal ref. RJ.M.AU.025.01 features a satin-finished black PVD-coated steel case with black PVD-coated bezel and lugs and paws in polished steel; lastly, the Skylab Heavy Metal ref. RJ.M.AU.023.01 features a satin-finished stainless steel case with satin-finished stainless steel bezel and lugs and paws in polished steel.

The generous yet refined case nests a complex five layered skeletonized movement giving place to one’s imagination: every single component of the movement looks like it is floating in space carefully held by angled bridges that recall the geometrical patterns of a computer mother board. At the same time, the display case back enhances the sense of zero gravity highlighting the single barrel at 12 o’clock and revealing the balance wheel at 6 o’clock while the Romain Jerome’s monogram subtly appears at 3 o’clock on the inferior level. The beating heart inside the new Skylab is the manual wound Romain Jerome calibre RJ004-M with 21 jewels and which provides a power reserve of 48 hours when fully wound.

Externally, the timepieces’ paws have been enlarged to enhance this new model while the lugs have been hollowed to lighten the watch and create a unique case closing system with fewer visible screws than on a regular timepiece. By enabling the main parts of the movement to be seen, the architecture of the skeleton shines in anthracite or represents the infinity of space in black PVD coated-steel, both declinations are finished with a hand drawn stroke. True to the DNA of the brand each watch contains material from Apollo 11 mission on the bezel. The brands new design is a testimony to the conquest of space and the underlying dreams that made it possible.

Sticker Price $18,950 USD Skylab Heavy Metal and Speed Metal. $21,950 USD Skylab Red. For more info on Romain Jerome click here.

Insider: Pre-Baselworld 2014 Romain Jerome Presents the New 1969 Silicium Collection. Live Pictures of Four Fascinating New Watches with a New Case Design.

In preparation for Baselworld, Romain Jerome presents an explosive cosmic collision bringing together the intrinsic DNA of its brand with a new case design and makes two worlds collide with its new 1969 collection. Continuing its conquest of the solar system and flirting once again with the infinity of space, Romain Jerome offers a new perspective of its Moon-DNA collection by presenting four new 1969 timepieces. Introducing a retro, vintage design and a lighter 43 mm case, the new 1969 timepieces reflect a nostalgic and bygone era of thin, geometrical clean lines combined with colorful, animated dials that will transport their owners into the mystical world of outer space.

On the first version, the avant-garde Maison shines light on the dial crafted with a new component, brought to us directly from outer-space and formed within the solar nebula disk billions of years ago: the Meteorite. Often referred to as “The crust of other worlds”, the meteorite is the most solid layer of any extraterrestrial rock found on earth. Romain Jerome has chosen a type of meteorite much rarer than platinum or gold: Chondrites —this type of meteorite can be differentiated from iron meteorites due to its low iron and nickel content. This 1969 Meteorite satin-finished steel timepiece is tinted with man’s dreams of the great unknown as most Meteorites, which have impacted the earth, are thought to have originated from the Asteroid belt between Jupiter and Mars.

Always using innovative materials, Romain Jerome has also found inspiration in Mother Earth’s treasures for the dials of three other 1969 timepieces. Commonly referred to as “Si” in the periodic table, the brand has used silicon on the dials of the 1969 models. Silicon, a.k.a Silicium represents 90% of the Earth’s crust and is commonly used, once highly purified, as a semiconductor in most electronics today as well as in manufactured movements. The 1969 Silicium line, presented in blue, grey and brown, this natural translucent and very fragile element is colored using a special PVD process giving the colors a textured finish highlighting each bold detail of this natural element. Echoing the 1969 Heavy Metal Meteorite, the blue and grey Silicon dials are also perfectly fitted in a satin-finished steel cases —1969 Heavy Metal Blue Silicium and 1969 Heavy Metal Grey Silicium— whereas the infinity of space is featured with a brown dial integrated into a black PVD-coated steel case and bezel on the 1969 Black Metal Brown Silicium.

The small seconds counter applied at 9 o’clock onto every 1969 dial replicates, the visor used by the astronauts to guide the LEM safely onto the surface of the moon. The crown holds, on its extremity, prints left on the moon by the landing pads of the lunar module. Furthermore the markers and the skeletonized hour, minute and second hand’s tips have been enhanced with superluminova, emitting an electric blue luminescence in the dark.

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Other interesting details are the paws that secure the bezel and represent the emblematic X shape featured on all Romain Jerome timepieces. The case backs are textured with a grainy stellar pattern and decorated with a medallion made from RJ’s Moon SilverRJ —a silver alloy developed by Romain Jerome with an extremely low oxidation rate incorporating moon dust interacting on an infra-molecular level with the wearer of the watch creating a cosmic patina with time reproducing the lunar surface. The beating heart inside these new timepieces is the Romain Jerome automatic calibre RJ003-A fitted with 30 jewels and which provides a power reserve of 40 hours while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph. Lastly, all four watches are waterproof to a depth of 30 meters.

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By using cutting edge materials Romain Jerome highlights its recognizable design codes. The new case size and use of cosmic elements reflect the brands commitment to the conquest of space and to its continuous homage to contemporary legends. The new 1969 is a cosmic collision between man’s dream of other worlds and true watchmaking precision. All four watches are fitted with black alligator straps with pin buckle. While the three stainless steel models are available in a limited edition of 99 pieces each, the Black PVD model is available in a limited edition of only 25 pieces.

Sticker Price $10,500 USD for Silicium Colored dial models. $11,500 USD for Meteorite dial model. For more info on Romain Jerome click here.

Reference Information

1969 Black Metal Brown Silicium ref. RJ.M.AU.020.06, Silicium with brown PVD finish dial and PVD case.

1969 Heavy Metal Blue Silicium ref. RJ.M.AU.020.02, Silicium with blue PVD finish dial.

1969 Heavy Metal Grey Silicium ref. RJ.M.AU.020.05, Silicium with grey PVD finish dial.

1969 Heavy Metal Meteorite ref. RJ.M.AU.020.03, Meteorite dial.

Insider: Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter. Nothing About this Timepiece is Conventional.

Since the moment Romain Jerome unveiled this surprising timepiece earlier this year, we wanted to do a hands-on review with live pictures of it. There's nothing like appreciating timepieces under natural light and writing about them after holding them and wearing them. Stock images are wonderful, but they will never convey the true essence of a timepiece like live photography under natural light.

The Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter R.J.M.TO.MO.001.01 is everything but conventional. This watch is a fresh tribute to the conquest of space, equipped with a flying tourbillon featuring a unique three-dimensional architecture. Fitted with an over-sized stainless steel case measuring 48.5 mm wide, 44.5 mm long and 20 mm thick, this Romain Jerome features DNA steel elements from the Apollo 11 space shuttle.

The massive case on this watch features very intricate details such as the screws that attach the lugs to the case, the cylinder system applied to these lugs for optimal wrist comfort and the alternating perfect satin-brushed and highly polished areas. This cylinder system looks as if Romain Jerome had installed mini shock-absorbers to the area where the lugs meet the case. To round out the very interesting look of this timepiece, the watch features a rubberized crown with perforations that is very unique and visually appealing.

This very unconventional watch with a rectangular shape, features an amazing texturized black dial containing 'moon dust', integrated x-shaped traverses, circular satin-brushed counters around the flying tourbillon located at 9 and around the hour/minute sub-dial with cut out Arabic numerals located at 3 o'clock. Its oxidized black and satin-brushed hands provide perfect contrast with their red lacquered accents against the dark grey texture on the dial that resembles small moon craters.

In addition to the already mesmerizing dial, the watch is equipped with a small window outside the area of the dial at 6 o'clock, where the power reserve indicator is located. The power reserve indicator features engraved 'plus and minus' signs as well as a lacquered red hand for optimum readability.

The amazing flying tourbillon can be appreciated in its full splendor via the front, the display case back but also from the side via a strategically placed sapphire crystal on the case band. As a reference, there are five sapphire crystals with anti-reflective treatment on this watch. One on the case band at 9, one at 12, one at 6 o'clock, one on the front and one on the display case back. The amazingly beautiful automatic Romain Jerome calibre RJ3000-A can be fully appreciated via the display case back. This calibre composed of 32 jewels beats at a frequency of 28,800 vph providing a power reserve of 42 hours. The calibre is a real treat for the eyes.

This impressive watch is fitted with a black alligator leather strap with pin buckle that is very comfortable and nicely finished. We would've expected a deployant buckle on a watch like this, but still it is not a deal breaker.

This Romain Jerome Moon Orbiter is available in a limited edition of 25 pieces and as expected, even though the watch wears quite comfortably thanks to the cylinder system on the lugs, the watch wears really large and protrudes to the point where it is impossible to tuck it under the cuff of a shirt. But well, when you are wearing something as unique and impressive as this watch, why would you even consider hiding it under your cuff. Don't you think? If you have a wrist smaller than 7" we really think you might as well look elsewhere, as this watch is made for those that can handle it.

Sticker Price $115,000 USD. For more info on Romain Jerome click here.  

Insider: Romain Jerome Spacecraft. Like Wearing a Mini Spacecraft on The Wrist.

With a shape somewhat reminiscent of the shape of the Bulova Driver with red LED from the 70s —first watch that comes to mind, no pun intended—, the Romain Jerome Spacecraft ref. RJ.SC.AU.001.01 is a watch that needs to be seen in person to be fully appreciated. Below you will find two images of the Bulova Driver to see the similarity in the shape and of its retro-futuristic design. While the Romain Jerome stands apart from the Bulova at a very different level due to its design, craftsmanship, materials, horological complexity and price point, we feel the similarity is there.

This fascinating unconventional watch is product of the work between Manuel Emch —CEO of Romain Jerome— and two of the top names in the watch industry: Eric Giroud and Jean-Marc Wiederrecht. The three men pooled their ideas and their creativity to give rise to a unique timepiece they named 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.

The Romain Jerome Spacecraft is an unusual trapeze-shaped watch featuring a black PVD-coated titanium case measuring 50mm x 44.5mm x 18.5mm, that surprises and intrigues. To add to the complexity of this watch, the case is fitted with black PVD-coated titanium elements, beadblasted titanium plates and anti-reflective metallised sapphire crystals. With its rectilinear profile and its faceted surfaces it clearly echoes the aesthetics of a spacecraft. The black rotating disc with white numbers and a red indicator transferred on the sapphire crystal indicates the minutes on the top of the case, while the linear red lacquered retrograde jumping hour display is read off laterally, giving time telling a whole new dimension.

As expected from this manufacture, the level of design, the finish of the case and the intricate components of this watch are not only mesmerizing but worthy of admiration. The watch is fitted with a black polyamide mesh strap with titanium pin buckle that wears quite comfortably while maintaining the sidereal look and feel of this timepiece. The black PVD-coated titanium crown almost appears as if it were made of ceramic and it accentuates the facets on the top of the case superbly. The faceted design of the watch also prevails on the case back that protects the automatic calibre RJ2000-A fitted with 54 jewels and which provides a power reserve of 38 hours when fully wound while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph. Additionally, the watch is waterproof to a depth of 30 meters.  

Because of its design the watch wears big and high on the wrist but very comfortably. In all honesty, the only way you can fully appreciate the craftsmanship behind this watch is by seeing it in person. We really consider ourselves very lucky to have been able to peruse one in person and work on this review with no stock images. If you used to watch the original Star Trek series while growing up, we are confident that this watch will fascinate you as much as it fascinated us. This watch is available in a limited edition of only 99 pieces.

Sticker Price $24,900 USD. For more info on Romain Jerome click here.  

Insider: Romain Jerome 'Día de los Muertos' Limited Edition. Celebrating One of Mexico's Most Important Holidays.

Considering the importance of Mexican consumers from a watch collecting standpoint, Romain Jerome celebrates and commemorates this holiday with a limited edition timepiece decorated with a traditional colorful skull emulating the look of the traditional sugar skulls —'calaveritas'— of this Mexican holiday.

'Dia de los Muertos' —Day of the Dead— is a Mexican holiday celebrated on November 2nd throughout all of Mexico and it has been classified by the UNESCO as 'Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity'. The holiday focuses on remembering friends and family members who have passed while setting up private altars at home —called 'ofrendas'— to honor the deceased. The altars include pictures of the deceased, votive candles, Mexican marigolds —cempasúchil flowers—, sugar skulls —calaveritas— and the favorite foods and beverages of the departed. Scholars trace the origins of the modern Mexican holiday to indigenous observances dating back hundreds of years and to an Aztec festival dedicated to the goddess Mictecacihuatl.

The Romain Jerome 'Día de los Muertos' ref. RJ.T.AU.FM.001.01 is available in a limited edition of 25 pieces in two different versions with or without spiral micro pave black diamonds on the bezel. This watch is fitted with a black PVD coated steel case —with encrusted black diamonds around the bezel— measuring 46mm in diameter, a black ceramic bezel, a black mirror-polished dial with skull shaped applique adorned with a 'champlevé' cold enameled decoration, a polished RJ logo at 4 o'clock and black satin brushed arrow-shaped hands with superluminova on the tips. The seven colors on the skull are representative of the seven stages through which the soul of the dead must pass —according to the Aztec beliefs— before being able to rest in peace. The texture and finish on the skull applique is just flawlessly executed and a real treat to the eyes. Opposed to what most stock images depict, the flowers on the skull are pink and not red providing the perfect contrast against the cream background of the skull and the blackness of the timepiece.

Just as with any other Romain Jerome timepieces, the case is very solid and massive but quite comfortable. The case features the traditional claws and hex screws on the case band and this particular watch is fitted with a very unique and nicely decorated solid case back. The beating heart inside this fascinating limited edition timepiece is the automatic calibre RJ001-A fitted with 23 jewels and which provides a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound while beating at a frequency of 28,800 vph.

The Romain Jerome 'Día de los Muertos' is fitted with a beautiful black hornback alligator strap with deployant buckle that rounds up the interesting and fascinating design of the watch.  

On the wrist, the 'Día de los Muertos' Limited Edition wears true to its size and quite comfortably. The wrist presence of this watch is spectacular and if you want to highlight the pink flowers on the skull even more, make sure you pair it with a pink shirt or any shirt with pink accents. If you are Mexican or just someone that worships 'la calaca tilica y flaca' this watch is a must have.  

Sticker Price $21,450 USD. For more info on Romaine Jerome click here.  

Insider: Romain Jerome Steampunk Black Chrono Titanic DNA. A Watch Made Out of History.

Founded in 2004 in Geneva, Romain Jerome has quickly become renowned for its unique concept, “DNA of famous legends”. Romain Jerome allows its customers to own a part of history by creating highly emotional timepieces and accessories inspired by and incorporating the DNA of a contemporary legend. To commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Titanic, Romain Jerome released a limited edition of 2,012 pieces of the Steampunk Black Chrono and a 100 pieces of the Steampunk Black Chrono 100th Anniversary. The main difference between the two is the rusted propeller at 6 o'clock on the 100th anniversary model.

The Romain Jerome Steampunk Black Chrono Titanic-DNA ref. RJ.T.CH.SP.002.01 is another creation made out of the remains of the Titanic. The black PVD case measuring 50mm in diameter is massive and is fitted with an oxidized and stabilized steel bezel stemming from the extraordinary fusion between the metal of the legendary Titanic wreck lying 3,840 meters below the sea and the metal provided by the Harland & Wolff shipyard in Belfast where the ship was built a century ago. This bezel is held firmly in place by four steel black PVD-coated 'claws' and hex screws. 

The skeletonized dial features the iconic 'XII' Roman numeral of the Titanic-DNA collection in ruthenium with a raw finish. The dial features a 30-minute chrono register at 3 and running seconds at 9 o'clock. A propeller recalling the majestic propellers of the Titanic is located at 6 o'clock. The propeller rotates as the rotor on the back winds the movement. This is a very clever touch that makes this timepiece even more unique. Additionally, four pistons are located at 10, 8, 4 and 2 o'clock symbolizing the brand's 'X' motif. To round out the intricate look of the dial, the satin-brushed hour and minute hands were designed resembling the Titanic's anchor. Overall, the dial seems slightly busy but extremely interesting.

The crown and pushers are very nicely designed and both are very easy to use. The winding crown is fitted with a rubber ring to ease its use and features a hex shaped end perfectly matching the hex screws on the dial and on the 'claws' around the bezel.

The beating heart inside this watch is the automatic calibre RJ001-CS composed of 300 parts, 39 jewels and that provides a power reserve of 42 hours when fully wound. The calibre is perfectly protected up to a depth of 30 meters with a solid screw-fastened case back featuring a beautiful propeller. 

The Steampunk Black Chrono is fitted with a very comfortable black rubber strap with deployant buckle. A hornback crocodile strap is also available if you prefer a more elegant look; however, we really think that this watch looks perfect on a rubber strap as it has a very rugged and sporty character. The strap features the RJ logo and it is fastened to the lugs by hex screws. The deployant buckle is fitted with a small push button on the clasp for quick-release.   

The watch wears almost true to its size and perhaps a little bit smaller. The watch does sit high on the wrist and its quite hard to fit it under a shirt cuff. Regardless, this is a very comfortable watch with fascinating wrist presence. If you like to wear timepieces that include remains of historical legends, this watch fits the bill. 

Sticker Price $18,000 USD. For more info on Romain Jerome click here.