rj-romain jerome skylab 48 speed metal skulls

Architectural lines and skulls at RJ Romain Jerome.

The avant-garde Genevan watchmaker-come-artist has unveiled an ethereal piece with twelve little red skulls shaking up the edgy design.

RJ Romain Jerome was founded in Geneva almost 13 years ago and hasn’t stopped stunning fans with its artistic watch creations; miniature mechanical artworks to display on the wrist. They look very different and can appear raw in their approach but are actually jam-packed with refinement and design details such as the straight structure of the skeleton movement on the new Skylab 48 Speed Metal Skulls rimmed with twelve red skulls.

There are 9 of this limited edition piece available in the Moon-DNA collection that’s bound to air, one of four elements (air, land, sea and collaborations) that form RJ Romain Jerome’s creative playground. A black hornback (the raised back of the alligator) strap with scarlet saddle stitching and a steel deployment clasp wraps the piece around the wrist.

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In terms of design, just one look is all it takes to see that this watch likes to play with shape and colour. The round steel case contains parts of the Apollo 11 spacecraft and its black PVD bezel creates a contrast with the polished claws and lugs. The two-tone circle shakes up the straight and edgy bridges forming the openwork movement which you can gaze at as this isn’t your standard dial. It echoes the circular features on the watch dial: small seconds counter at 8.30, barrel at 12 and balance wheel at 6 all in black and silver.

The tilted chapter ring bears twelve red enamelled skulls that act as time markers. Two large rhodium-plated skeleton hands with a blue luminescent tip (Super-LumiNova C1) track the hours and minutes. The manual wind RJ004-M mechanical calibre fuels the time functions, seconds and 48-hour power reserve.

Price: 18,950 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin