On July 20, 1969, the Apollo 11 spacecraft successfully landed the first men on the moon. Six hours after landing, Armstrong’s first-ever step onto the lunar surface became a legend worldwide. Just 50 years later (1969–2019), to celebrate this major milestone in mankind, RJ is launching its first watch made by materials from the very surface of the moon – the ARRAW 6919.
Ten years after the launch of the Moon Dust DNA collection, the newest hype is distinguished by a unique patented Moon movement and will hit the watch scene at the 29th SIHH in Geneva in January 2019.
ARRAW 6919 is both highly horological and aesthetically rich. The SW-280 mechanical self-winding movement has been modified by RJ engineers to accommodate the patented RJ Moon Phase mechanism that shows a 3D moon rotating 360° during a complete cycle of 29.5 days. The hour and minute indications at the center of the movement also indicate the location of the earth. All settings (time, moon indication, date) are done via the crown. The date set at 3 o'clock can be read with +4/–4 when the moon is between the gibbous moon and the first crescent.
“Milestones in mankind fuel our drive to inspiration. I believe that each significant step leads to a wider world and is helping us to develop innovation in our field,” says Marco Tedeschi, CEO and Creative Director of RJ, about the ARRAW 6919.
For the first time, the emblematic RJ ARRAW 45-mm case design is inspired by the space universe. The bezel is made with super light and hard composite material combining a high-performance acrylic glass and parts from the Apollo 11 spacecraft. This first-ever material created by RJ is fixed to the case by a metal grid, inspired by the Apollo 11 command module. The result is so natural and harmonious that it appears as if it were meant to be. The ARRAW 6919 is available in three different materials: polished and satin-brushed grade 5 titanium, ceramic and 5N+ red gold. The watch is water-resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet.
The ARRAW 6919 is equipped with the interchangeable ARRAW strap system that allows the strap to be released with a simple ‘click’ by pushing simultaneously on the two lug screws. On the clasp, a lever releases the strap from the deployment buckle without having the need to use any tools. The highly-resistant polyamide strap is waterproof thanks to its black rubber inlays. The engraved patterns are reminiscent of the iconic first steps on the moon.
“RJ has created THE ARRAW 6919 as a tribute to the Apollo 11 mission. This unique watch reflects our continuous aspiration to explore the unexplored and to show our commitment to discovery, sophistication and distinctiveness, subtly illuminated by the hands of our craftsmen. Each edition is exclusively limited to 100 copies,” comments Marco Tedeschi.