While adventuring around the Bahamas this summer I brought along with me a Romain Jerome Titanic-DNA Octopus. The Octopus has been out a year or two now, but this was the first time I had a chance to lay hands on the watch. Overall I found the Octopus to be a worthy island-exploring and water-going companion. Below is a short video review I prepared…and a boat load of pics. Enjoy!
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Today RJ unveiled the Moon Orbiter Tourbillon, a very original piece including a flying tourbillon. In a limited edition of 25-pieces at $115,000 per, I find a lot to like in this watch. Most importantly, it builds on the brand’s strength which is its “DNA of legends” theme. The overall design is resoundingly avant-garde and highly original. The dial has moon dust incorporated into it, and there is Apollo 11 DNA in the case — thereby evolving the intergalactic theme which the brand has built several pieces around (and yes this makes it part of the Moon-DNA collection).
A closer look and more discussion, on the click
I’ve read mostly fawning commentary about the new RJ-Romain Jerome Spacecraft, done in collaboration with the same guys behind the HW Opus 9 (among other well-known avant-garde pieces). As for me, well, I’ll just say that I don’t get it. It’s the design, you see: the hour and minutes are not in the same plane of sight, at least not without some deft maneuvering of the wrist. Hours are vertically positioned on the front the watch, minutes horizontally positioned on top of the watch. For this reason, the appeal of this $33,400 piece is a real mystery me — I just can’t get past the design oddity.
Upon further reflection, I suppose it is another piece of randomness from RJ-Romain Jerome, perhaps appealing to the space-junkies. That is what this brand is all about, though, isn’t it? They do have some supremely original and neat watches now and again, though their randomness — everything from Titanic to Statue of Liberty to Moon Dust to Moon Invaders to Volcanos to Steampunk to Deloreans to Dia de Los Muertos to Video Games (Pac-Man and Space Invaders, I like both) — makes it hard to get my head around the brand’s ambitions. What’s next? Mount Everest? Tsunami? Who knows. That’s Romain-Jerome.
Here is an overview of the mechanics of the watch:
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RJ-Romain Jerome just launched its first diver’s watch, the Octopus. It’s about time, really – the RJ DNA of legends collection started years ago with the Titanic-DNA model, but contrary to the understandable perception that a watch made with steel from the sunken Titanic would be a dive watch, the Titanic watch was in fact not a diver. The “Octopus” is named after the ocean giant that became a powerful symbol in Jules Verne’s famous novel Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea. It comes with a decent set of dive spec’s and a neat inner-rotating sapphire bezel system, though not what I would have expected for the price. The reality seems to be that most of the attention on this watch seems focused around the symbolism of the Octopus theme and the rich detail incorporated into the case. Available in three different versions and priced from $13,750, you can see them all below.
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