In-Depth Review – RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red – Bold & Architectural

By rolex
April 4, 2021
11 min read

You can’t blame RJ-Romain Jerome for being exhausting, despite the fact that you probably won’t be an enthusiast of the brand as am I. The truth is, the Geneva based brand does strange things yet sometimes hits a sweet recognize that should tempt even the skeptics! The requirement for a Pièce Unique Pokemon watch is easy to refute obviously, yet any uncertainty can be influenced with the straightforward inquiry of: why not? Indeed, that is the issue we will would like to have answered by widely surveying the RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red. We previously covered it when it was first delivered back in December 2013 however now we will give you the full rundown.

As a brand, RJ-Romain Jerome has conquered a fun loving specialty area on the lookout, and has constructed its inheritance on the DNA of legends (in a real sense!) By consolidating extraordinary materials, or indicating symbols, in the majority of their assortments, RJ-Romain Jerome has made its own personality. Standing apart from the group, the vast majority of their watches have a specific level of freedom about them, which is very welcome occasionally! While we, watch-upstarts, have a favorable opinion of custom, elegance, sentiment and legacy, thinking out about the crate and making capricious watches is additionally welcomed with great enthusiasm, IF progressed nicely! Furthermore, that is actually the situation with the RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red.

It is an intense looking watch, and despite the fact that it doesn’t consolidate portions of the Statue of Liberty or the Titanic nor does it portray a Nintendo-legend , there’s a ton to adore! This watch is space-age-inspired, as it commemorates the 40th commemoration of the dispatch of the NASA Skylab, and as you’d at this point expect, it fuses material from the Apollo 11 shuttle. A cool story to advise to your pals, in spite of the fact that do mull over that the level of genuine pieces for the situation is presumably a solitary digit.

Overall appearance and Features

To be straightforward, this is about the most wearable RJ-Romain Jerome you can get. It is comfortable, unassumingly measured – compared to different watches in the collection – and has a cool vibe and a contemporary plan. Also, as an eye catching brand, this is by a long shot the watch that has pulled in the most consideration when wearing it, even from non-watch geeks! Everyone needed to get familiar with it, what it is, the reason it looks so extraordinary, and (the well established inquiry!) the amount it costs! Individuals will in general respond to that last question with a resonating “What?!?!” or “How much?!?!” however disclosing to them why it costs that much is all important for the fun to the extent I am concerned.

Besides the design ability of the watch, the combination of full dark case and skeletonized development with gold hands and bezel assists as well. The differentiation is striking most definitely, and at this unassuming size of 44mm, it stays a truly wearable watch.

In terms of real highlights, it is a period just watch, obviously, there is significantly more to it than that. The greatest component is the completely obvious development, or rather, its absence. The shortfall of strong scaffolds and plates is an incredible sight. The straight lines and design of the cog wheels, barrel, escapement and hands is extremely engaging. Fortunately, the development actually has adequate “presence” to stick out, and not show one’s shaggy glove underneath!

Case and strap

The dark and gold instance of the RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red is a striking one. The shading plan of the watch is striking, and not to everyone’s taste without a doubt. Frankly, this isn’t a watch for the “under-the-radar” kinda fellow. For the individuals who know some things about the Geneva based brand, the case is built with the brand name hooks holding down the bezel. The steel case and hooks, covered with dark PVD balance amazingly well with the gold parts.

The 44mm wide case wears comfortably, which is down to the short, etched drags and its generally light weight. The term light weight appears to be somewhat of a logical inconsistency, yet since this is a moderate development, it saves many grams! Likewise with most RJ-Romain Jerome assortments, they have given the Skylab 44 its own one of a kind “contact”. To add material from the Apollo 11, and a development configuration inspired by the direct form of the NASA Skylab is at this point a natural brand idea. Does it make it a superior item? Indeed, that stays easily proven wrong. Truth be told, I consider the consolidation of material from the Statue of Liberty in the RJ-Romain Jerome Liberty-DNA to be seriously intriguing, despite the fact that this is presumably additionally an extremely restricted sum, as that watch shares a reasonable visual connect to the symbol of the New York skyline.

The screw down crown is additionally completed in dark PVD, and holds pleasantly. As a matter of fact, utilizing it presents a pleasant perspective on the functions of the cog wheels of the development. Unscrewing it permits you to wind the watch, and see all that go to fix the barrel spring. Hauling it out permits you to change the hour and moment hand, which are fairly enormous because of the anchor shape. Readability with these hands isn’t an issue during the day, however around evening time it may become somewhat a greater amount of an issue, as the radiant tips are there, yet are not excessively large.

The RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red comes connected to a dark gator cowhide tie, with a rubber treated covering and a dark PVD covered pin clasp. The lash is strong, and preformed to embrace the wrist. The lash thins down from the case to the clasp, with bended and fortified finishes that additionally embrace the case firmly. With everything taken into account, the watch is all around fabricated and feels entirely comfortable. It lashes on and off effectively, doesn’t slide about and doesn’t catch on your shirt or jacket too much.

Dial and hands

It’s straightforward, and evidently self-evident; there is no real dial. Perusing the time with accuracy is somewhat precarious, yet taking the development of case and bezel into thought you can pinpoint it close enough after some experience. The absence of any committed hour markers may be considered a downside of the RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red however is on top of the skeletonized development. You can utilize different components encompassing the development and case to pinpoint the specific time somewhat more precisely. However, then again, how fundamental is this truly? We as a whole have an ambiguous thought regarding the time incorporated into our cerebrum and body, and “time” is basically surrounding us. Cell phones, PCs, TV’s, radio, clock towers, air terminals, and so forth we are never really without time, are we?

To return to the dial and hands of the Skylab 44 Red, the natural RJ-Romain Jerome anchor-molded hands are done in red gold, coordinating the bezel. The difference with the darkened development under is striking, so as far as decipherability it is sufficient! There is even a little triangle of iridescent material on the tips of great importance and moment hands, for that enlightening touch around evening time. The little seconds subdial at 9 o’clock has a comparable differentiation, with a little red gold hand.

With everything uncovered, each easygoing look at the RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red is an outwardly significant second for the duration of the day. The way wherein all parts are uncovered, including the barrel spring, is a pleasure to see. The barrel is twisted through the crown, which permits you see the spring fix with each turn. Another decent component of the insignificant development is the uncovered equilibrium wheel, which advises you if the watch is running or not. The little seconds additionally does this, yet the to and fro movement of the equilibrium wheel is the more sentimental part to us geeks, right? Shockingly, when in a calm room, you can genuinely hear the bed fork tick to and fro. On the off chance that you tune in to this for a really long time, be cautious, as it may turn you somewhat mental (just kidding obviously, or am I?) however the vibrations reverberate uninhibitedly through the case, and are thusly amplified.

Movement

I’ve said a ton regarding the development up until now, yet not its beginning. The development is finished by Concepto, and is an improved rendition of their Caliber Squelette 3027, and a restrictive advancement for RJ-Romain Jerome. The handwound development is developed of rectangular molded extensions and plates, with hand completed fine straight brushing and chamfered edges. The design of the development is fascinating, and it gives a striking difference against the round case. The precise scaffolds are held set up with cleaned screws at different areas, however unfortunately they are not spread around to be utilized as hour markers.

The development estimates 14 and ¼ lines, or 32,60mm across and is 5,8mm thick. It holds 21 gems and accumulates to 48 hours of force in the single barrel at 12 o’clock. This physically wound development shows hours, minutes and furthermore includes a seconds hand on a subdial at 9. A decent touch is the little lip on one of the plates at 3 o’clock that is engraved with the adapted RJ logo. It is an unpretentious situation on a particularly striking looking watch, however I think the brand is likely more conspicuous by their watches than by their logo or name.

The RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 assortment comes in 5 distinct variants altogether, going from a full steel form, and different combinations of PVD covered or potentially red gold parts. Every form has a similar allure, albeit the Skylab 44 Red is the most outwardly effective, as I said before.

Conclusion

The RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red is an all around fabricated watch, with just minor downsides. The idea is first rate, bizarre yet cool! The straight way to deal with development building is a welcome advance away from old style skeletonized watches, much in the feeling of the engineering watches by Armin Strom for example. It fuses a traditional class with a contemporary look and feel. Obviously, this watch isn’t for everybody, except in case you’re straightforward about it, there isn’t one watch around that is really “for everybody”. Where one is totally stricken with a Rolex, others, including me, may lean more towards the out-of-the-case watchmakers. There’s nothing amiss with both of these methods of reasoning and items; as eventually, everything reduces to a matter of individual taste and preferences.

RJ-Romain Jerome says something through every single watch. It is a brand that never gets exhausting, regardless of whether they do draw out a Skylab 44 after the Skylab 48, which is marginally bigger as the name advantageously proposes. The greatest potential gain to the more modest breadth is that it packs similar punch on your wrist regarding presence, yet has less free space encompassing the genuine development. The breadth of the whole development is bigger in the 48mm case, as everything grows a little, however the running stuff is as yet in a similar spot. This gives an even more clear perspective on your wrist under and that isn’t generally something to be thankful for. For more data: RomainJerome.ch .

Pros

  • A exceptionally unique execution of a skeletonized watch
  • One of the most all-round wearable RJ-Romain Jerome watches to date
  • Striking contrast among dark and gold parts
  • Doesn’t fly under the radar…

Cons

  • Luminous tips are not actually helping in more obscure circumstances
  • No hour markers make for less exact perusing of time
  • Not cheap
  • Doesn’t fly under the radar…

Specifications – RJ-Romain Jerome Skylab 44 Red

  • Case: 44mm wide – tempered steel – dark PVD covered – red gold bezel – emptied out carries – dark PVD screw down crown – brand name dark PVD RJ-Romain Jerome “claws”
  • Movement: Concepto Caliber Squelette 3027 – physically twisted – 32,60mm across – completely skeletonized – 48 hours of force hold – uncovered escapement at 6 o’clock
  • Strap: dark croc calfskin – pre-framed – bended carry closes – thinning from case to clasp – dark PVD covered steel clasp – rubber treated lining
  • Price: Skylab 44 Red retails at $19,950 – yet the Skylab 44 assortment begins at $16,950
  • Production/limit: All varieties restricted to 99 pieces each