Friday, June 24, 2011

Romain Jerome Space Invaders Watches

RJ-Romain Jerome, in connivance with TAITO Corporation (TAITO), creates by agreeing two 78-piece limited series in honour of the Space Invaders ...

Manuel Emch, CEO of RJ-Romain Jerome, freely admits to belonging to the generation of former Space Invaders junkies. The game has become a legend for all those who grew up in the 80s, since it was the first "Killer app" for video game consoles installed in gaming arcades. The Space Invaders craze even led to a shortage of 100-yen coins when it was first released in Japan. Space Invaders with its pixelated figures was the first ever "iconic" form of entertainment: thousands of hours of TV programs and hundreds of cultural exhibitions have been devoted to this generational "legend".

By agreement with TAITO Corporation (TAITO), RJ-Romain Jerome is paying tribute to late-20th century pop culture by launching a double limited-edition of Space Invaders watches, designed like generational totems. By allowing the Space Invaders to proliferate on the dial of these watches, Manuel Emch is proudly proclaiming the brand’s resolutely standout mission within the fine arts of contemporary watchmaking.

Inheriting the highly distinctive case of the Moon Invader series (a round shape within a cambered 46 mm square, with a round front and an almost rectangular back), the Space Invaders have also kept the same steel coalesced with fragments from the Apollo 11 capsule.

The four functional ball-and-socket joints of this rounded squares are cut like the pivoting "feet" of the lunar landing modules of the American lunar missions.
These extremely sophisticated components mounted on axles anchored in the case hold the lugs of the rubber straps and enable the watch to adjust to all kinds of wrist sizes.

The RJ security screws (stamped with four cup marks), representing the Space Invaders signature feature, are echoed on the functional movement-locking screw on the case-back. They confirm both the legendary universe and the distinctive RJ design codes.

Embodying another tangible token of the space age symbolised by this new Space Invaders collection, a dedicated plate made of Moon SilverRJ – a silver alloy with an extremely low oxidisation rate incorporating moon rocks – appears on the stellar-patterned back of the watch. This engraved plate reproduces the lunar surface, of which the mineral particles interact on an infra-molecular level with the wearer of the watch. The veined pattern and grainy texture also extend along the rubber strap.

The two 78-piece limited series of the RJ-Romain Jerome Space Invader watches are distinguished by their dial.
The latter is composed of three layers of pixelated and shotpeened dies featuring hand-drawn file strokes. The 3.5 mm-sized Space Invaders are lacquered in different colours ("day" version) or coated with Superluminova ("night" version), each individually machined and hand-applied.

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