Thursday, May 18, 2017

RJ-Romain Jerome Steampunk Auto Black Engraved

Swiss luxury watch maker RJ-Romain Jerome presents an exclusive model revealing the lyrical side of the brand. Known for its strong concept built around the primary universes AIR and SEA, the Swiss watchmaking Maison is introducing refined limited editions using traditional techniques on precious metals, to tell the stories of its preeminent collections.

Limited to 9 pieces, the Steampunk Auto Black timepiece has been enhanced with a red gold bezel depicting the universe each model stems from. Using chiselling on the red gold, a complex technique requiring precision from "orfèverie", the bezel illustrates either the poetic side of Space or Steampunk features. Forming a circle, the bezel looks as if it was delimiting each timepiece and completes these models full of contrast between the black and golden colors.
The Steampunk Auto model featuring bold 50mm black PVD coated-steel case holds a self-winding movement and a dial directly inspired by the Steampunk aesthetics with elements such as the four functional pistons at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock, the Roman numerals with RJ “rough” finish or the propeller-shaped small seconds. Introduced during the industrial revolution era, steam power is what defines the artistic movement Steampunk.

The ornaments on the bezel are a true testimony to the steam engines: zeppelins at 12 o’clock, a steamboat at 3 o’clock, steam locomotives at 6 o’clock and a submarine at 9 o’clock. All machines are thoroughly portrayed and linked by clouds or steam coming out of the machines.

Each bezel has been carefully worked by hand, using different techniques: advanced drypoint technique as well as chiseling mainly used to texture and structure the background; and soft engraving to form the different shapes.

Technical details
Model: STEAMPUNK BLACK AUTO ENGRAVED
Reference RJ.T.AU.SP.002.04 I Collection Steampunk I Universe SEA

Movement
RJ001-AS – Mechanical self-winding movement
Rate frequency: 28,800 vph
Jewelling: 23 jewels
Power reserve: 48 hours

Functions
Central hours and minutes, small seconds at 9 o’clock

Case
Ø 50mm, black PVD-coated steel
Case back: "Steampunk" style engraving
Bezel: Red gold chiselled with steampunk elements
Flank: Black PVD-coated satin-finished steel
Paws: Black PVD-coated sand-blasted steel
Lugs: Black PVD-coated steel
Lug insert: Black PVD-coated satin-brushed steel
Crown: Black PVD-coated steel screw-lock crown with black rubber
Water resistance: 3 atm ( 30 meters )

Dial
Dial integrated into the movement
Bead-blasted and circular-grained ruthenium finished bridge with 4 steel pistons and bead-blasted ruthenium bearings
Ruthenium finished Roman numerals VI and XII, "rough" finishing

Hands
Black and satin-brushed hour and minute hands, inspired by the anchor of famous transatlantic ships with Superluminova C1 "blue emission"
Black sand-blasted small second hand at 9 o’clock, propeller shape

Strap
Black hornback with black PVD-coated steel folding clasp

Edition and price
Limited edition 9 pieces
Retail price CHF 24’950.– / EUR 27’950.– / GBP 22’950.– USD 26’500.–  / HKD 215’950.–

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