Romain-Jerome Moon Dust Red Mood Chronograph

RJ-Romain Jerome’s “DNA of Legends” watches never really caught on with me, but I keep an eye on the brand because it has a unique platform, is very innovative, not afraid to take risks, and now and again they do come up with a piece that really resonates with my preferences (for example, the way cool Space Invaders Watches). The piece you see here is the latest in the “moon-DNA” collection, following the “black mood” and “steel mood” pieces of the same design. I like how this piece turned out — in addition to the distinctive RJ-Romain Jerome design codes, a few things stand out: carbon fiber bezel, hand-sculpted lunar grey dial (of course containing actual Moon dust), and “four-blade satellite solar panel” style seconds counter (9 o’clock), among other design elements. At at hefty price of almost 27,000 CHF, I see a piece like this as somewhat of an expensive novelty item and thus more for those who already have their Patek, Audemars Piguet, etc. i.e. this is not a foundational piece for a watch collection, but something that comes after you get tired of the traditional.

Romain Jerome Moon Dust Red Mood Chrono

46mm case

RJ.M.CH.003.01Limited edition to 1,969 pieces. CHF 26,990-*

Xetum Watches for Father’s Day

Looking for a unique Father’s Day gift?  Consider a “California-designed, Swiss-made” watch from Xetum.  Purchase at Xetum today or tomorrow and get a $100 AMEX Gift Card with your purchase.  You can check out my review of the Xetum Tyndall watch if you would like a closer look at what Xetum has to offer.    Click the image below for more details:

Ed’s note:  Xetum is an advertiser on as of date of publication of this blog post

Patek Philippe Ref. 5726 Nautilus Annual Calendar

No doubt that Patek’s white-dialed Jumbo Nautilus (Ref 5711) that I showed you in March has been a hit this year with enthusiasts.  But if you desire something a bit more complicated than a basic 3-hander, consider the Nautilus Ref 5726.  While annual calendars have been a popular complication of major luxury watchmakers for the last two years, this year’s Nautlius Ref 5726 by Patek Philippe is perhaps my favorite.   With a steel case and a sleek steel-bracelet, the Patek Philippe Reference 5726/1A Nautilus Annual Calendar comes in your choice of black or white dial.   Speaking of dials, the Ref 5276 has a superbly designed dial:  the day of the week and month are displayed below 12 o’clock in twin in-line apertures; the moon-phase and 24-hour indicators are combined in a subdial and overlap the date window at 6 o’clock; black-lined hands and hour markers are luminescent.  There is also the Nautilus hallmark horizontal embossed dial pattern.  The Patek Nautilus Ref 5726 is priced at $47,600 — about $20,000 more than the basic 3-handed Nautilus Ref 5711.  Pricey? Yes.  But still a big step down from a Patek’s perpetual calendars which will set you back $100,000+.  This Patek Ref 5726 is a beautiful watch.

Patek Philippe Ref. 5726 Nautilus Annual Calendar

40.5mm steel case (11.27mm thick), sapphire crystal front/back; on stainless steel bracelet with Nautilus clasp

Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds; annual calendar with day of the week, month, and date; moon-phase indication; 24-hour time indication

Patek Philippe Manufacture Caliber 324 S QA LU 24H

automatic; diameter = 36 mm; thickness = 5.78 mm; 347 parts; 34 jewels; 10 bridges Gyromax balance; 28,800 vph; Spiromax balance spring; central winding rotor in 21K gold, unidirectional winding; 45-hour power reserve; Patek Philippe Seal

Did You Know? 

Annual vs. Perpetual Calendar:  An annual calendar differs from a perpetual calendar in that it compensates for the length of every month except February, after which the date will need to be reset, whereas a perpetual calendar adjusts for the length of all 12 months, including leap-year Februaries.  Annual calendars are thus slightly less complicated — more affordable — than perpetual calendars.


TAG Heuer Carrera “Monaco Grand Prix” Edition Chronograph

Based on the 1964 Jack Heuer tribute to the Carrera Panamericana Mexico road race of the 50’s, this TAG Heuer Carrera “Monaco Grand Prix” watches features red lettering on the bezel, tachymetre scale, a vintage F1 rubber tire strap (very cool strap…reminds me of Chopard Mille Miglia), and inspired by Carrera Panamericana car, red touch on the hands and pusher, and a Monaco Grand Prix logo on its scratch-resistant sapphire caseback (not pictured).    Sharp racing watch.


43mm case, automatic mechanical TAG Heuer caliber 16 movement, rubber tire tread style strap