Friday, January 13, 2017

RJ-Romain Jerome Eyjafjallajökull-DNA Burnt Lava

After releasing two sold out collections RJ-Romain Jerome is ready to launch the third collection paying tribute to Icelandic volcano: The Eyjafjallajökull. For the first time a collection was released while the legend was happening, a 21st century legend which started RJ’s EARTH universe, completing the existing AIR and SEA universes.
Introducing a 99 limited edition, the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA Burnt Lava goes back to the original 46mm case in black-PVD coated steel featuring a Swiss Made mechanical self-winding movement enhanced with a striking structured bezel with a black PVD coating as well. True symbol of RJ-Romain Jerome, the bezel is made of rusted and stabilized steel, a process mastered by the brand to give the timepiece an overall dramatic feel.
The highly crafted dial reflects the intensity of the erupting Volcano and the burning lava but also the great level of difficulty in the execution. Placed on top of an onyx baseplate, the genuine lava rock has been meticulously hand-worked by an artisan to reproduce the rock cracking under the lava pressure, a typical phenomenon characteristic of Icelandic volcanos. The dial boasts hand-painted lava in red and yellow cold enamel which seems to be trapped between the fissures.
Through the Eyjafjallajökull-DNA Burnt Lava collection, the Geneva Watchmaking Maison has shown its ability to respect and integrate traditional techniques crafted by some of the best artisans of Switzerland into intense and contemporary timepieces. And to honor this new collection, RJ has selected an exclusive toad strap to finish off this beautiful textured timepiece coming from the bowels of the Earth.

Technical details
Model: EYJAFJALLAJÖKULL-DNA BURNT LAVA
Reference RJ.V.AU.002.02 I Collection Eyjafjallajökull-DNA I Universe EARTH

Movement
Caliber RJ002 - A - Mechanical self-winding movement
Rate frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes

Case
Ø 46mm, black PVD-coated steel
Case back: Erupting Eyjafjallajökull engraving
Bezel: Structured black PVD-coated steel
Flank: Black PVD-coated satin-finished steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated steel with titanium screws
Lugs: Black PVD-coated steel with titanium screws
Lug insert: Black PVD-coated satin-finished steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel screw-lock crown with black rubber
Water resistance: 3 atm (30 meters)

Dial
Crafted from lave stone ejected by the erupting Eyjafajallajökull volcano
Hand-painted inscriptions in white and fissures representing the lava in yellow and red cold enamel
Hands Rhodiumed hour and minute hands inspired by grounded planes

Strap
Black toad strap with black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Limited edition
99 pieces

Retail price
CHF 25’000.–  / EUR 27’950.–  / GBP 22’950.– USD 26’500.–  / HKD 216’000.– / JPY 3’715’000.–

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