First Look: The New RJ-Romain Jerome “Tetris” Watch

RJ-Romain Jerome Tetris Watch - Perpetuelle

Romain Jerome, in collaboration with the Tetris Company LLC, introduces a fun new generational icon to the RJ collection:  the Tetris-DNA watch.  Ah yes, back to the 1980’s and 90’s with this iconic video game favorite.  Designed by Alexey Pajitnov in the USSR, Tetris was initially released in June 1984 and is now of course one of the most famous video gams of all time.  The dial features a random sequence of the game’s signature Tetriminos, the famous colored geometric shapes (I loved the game but never knew they were called that!).  The Tetriminos are gemset by hand in the center of the dial; crafted from anodized aluminum in a “Clou de Paris” pattern (a guilloché pattern of hollowed lines that intersect to form tiny pyramidal shapes).  The dial further embodies the Tetris aesthetic, with “brick” engravings on the side and the Tetris word mark on the right side.

A closer look and more details on the click

Buying Time: 5 Time-Only Dress Watches Under $10k

Jaeger-LeCoultre Master Ultra Thin - for sale - Govberg via Perpetuelle

There’s something about owning a time-only watch.  For some, the simplicity of such watches is not appealing.  But for most, an elegant and uncomplicated watch is a must have for any well-rounded collection…or the occasional black-tie event.  When it comes right down to it, the term “dress watch” is of course a highly subjective term.  Here’s the criteria with which I define it:  any watch that is simple and classical in its styling, sized between 34mm and 42mm and on the thinner side of the spectrum case-wise (I am highly partial to “ultra-thin”), elegant leather strap or bracelet, and uncomplicated save for a small seconds or date window.  Generally speaking!  Other defining criteria such as movement type (automatic or manual wind), age (vintage or new), case metal (steel or precious) are generally fungible for me when it comes to these types of watches.  But yes, defining a “dress watch” is clearly a subjective exercise!

However, in today’s edition of “Buying Time”, I think you’ll get the essence of what I’m talking about.  This week I went to great pains to select just five superb time-only dress watches, all of which are available now from the pre-owned vault of my partner in this weekly endeavor, Govberg Watches.  I’ve also taken care to select pieces all priced under $10,000 ($3,200 on the low end), and all at a meaningful discount to the current retail price for a new piece.  Certainly not play money, but as most of you know Perpetuelle is about luxury not economy, and so I hope you’ll find something that suit’s your tastes.

Follow along as I walk through this week’s lineup.

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Introducing the Corum Miss Golden Bridge in White Ceramic (with video)

Corum Miss Golden Bridge in White Ceramic sideviw - Perpetuelle

“The Golden Bridge is my greatest joy. With the Golden Bridge, I was not only a watchmaker, but I also became an inventor,” says watchmaker and AHCI member Vincent Calabrese.   When Corum launched the Golden Bridge in 1980 it was probably not yet foreseen that the model would become one of the pillars of the brand and eventually an icon of fine Swiss watchmaking.  Yet in 2015, as Corum celebrates the 35 years of its mythical movement the Golden Bridge, that is what has happened.   The exception Golden Bridge movement is comprised of 140 components arranged in a linear rectangle of 33 mm in length, 3 mm in width and less than 5 mm in thickness — a true masterpiece of micromechanics and distinctive design.

The “Miss Golden Bridge”, obviously the ladies model, was launched at Baselworld 2015 for the first time in black ceramic, joining 11 other unique references in the line.    This month, Corum has now launched a version white ceramic model is launched.

 Corum Miss Golden Bridge in White Ceramic

21mm x 43mm white ceramic case (11.19mm thick), manual wind Corum Caliber CO 113 (40 hours power reserve, 4hz/28,800 vph)

Corum Miss Golden Bridge in White Ceramic - Perpetuelle

Speaking of ceramic — though changing the topic slightly — be sure to check out last week’s edition of “Buying Time” in which I profiled five ceramic watches from five big name brands.