RJ unveils first in-house tourbillon with a Spider Man inspired watch, in partnership with Marvel Studios
October 31, 2019: The wildly worshipped MARVEL Studios chose RJ to create Haute Horlogerie watches inspired by the amazing Spider-Man. The second MARVEL collaboration timepiece created by RJ, the new ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon, channels Spider-Man's iconic style through every component, down to its plates, bridges, and gear. The launch also marks RJ's first movement manufactured completely in-house. The innovative Spider-Man inspired central tourbillon movement was developed and produced wholly in-house at the new RJ Studio in Eysin, located on the shores of Lake Geneva.
Marco Tedeschi, CEO and Creative Director of RJ comments, "For the first time, a character and his universe inspired us not only in the aesthetics, but also in the technicality of the movement. And it is no coincidence that we have chosen a tourbillon: light, rapid and ethereal. Its increased power reserve of more than six days makes a fitting tribute to Spider-Man's own endurance and performance."
The hours and minutes are displayed in a unique peripheral format, made possible by a planetary gear system that orbits 360° around the tourbillon. The movement's construction is entirely and uniquely coaxial. A 12-factor gear ratio allows the planetary minutes system to empower the progression of the hours. The hands have been shaped to mimic the legs of the Spider icon.
The grade 5 titanium tourbillon cage and the going train wheels feature an openwork design shaped like a spider web, emphasizing lightness. Affixed on the main plate, the black eyes of the Spider-Man mask stand out thanks to their distinctive contrast finishing. Made in a 45 mm case adorned with the RJ BUMPERS in rubber, the ARRAW Spider-Man tourbillon is available in two materials with each version limited to only 10 pieces.
The first, in red, is crafted in a high-performance composite that combines superposed layers of black carbon and red fiberglass. The second variation is made entirely of carbon in stealth black. Its shimmering grey and anthracite tone imparts the piece with a strong yet sleek look, perfectly suited to Spider-Man.
The ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon case has no crown. This mechanism enables faster winding than with a traditional crown. To set the time, the wearer presses a concealed push button under the strap at 6 o'clock while turning the hoop in either direction.
For the first time the ARRAW watch box has also been customized with Spider-Man's attributes. Made of black wood, the watch box resembles a spider thanks to the eight spider legs fixed to the side. Spider-Man's web and logo are also engraved on the lid. Inside the box, the watch appears captured in a spider web made of steel. This part is removeable, making the watch box easy to repurpose as desired.