For the astronaut with everything, the $115,000 Moon Orbiter watch

At nearly half the price of a suborbital flight, Romain Jerome's latest slab of luxury has sci-fi styling, moon dust, and Apollo 11 bits. But no spacesuit.

Moon Orbiter
The Moon Orbiter has a flying tourbillon at 9 o'clock and a power reserve at 6. RJ-Romain Jerome

Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield recently joked about getting a gold watch for his retirement. But this hunk of spacetime would be far more appropriate.

RJ-Romain Jerome's deluxe Moon Orbiter is a tribute to "the conquest of space," just in case you were confused about who's in charge of the cosmos (not Canadians, I can assure you).

Previewed at Baselworld 2013 , the Orbiter is a massive, three-quarter-inch-thick chunk of steel that looks as though it will either fire missiles or jump off your wrist and transform into an angry robot.

But the theme here is all about feel-good rocket adventures and moon vibes.

The black dial contains moon dust, and the steel case, like several other Romain Jerome watches, incorporates "elements from the Apollo 11 space shuttle," whatever that is (Romain Jerome did not immediately respond to a query seeking clarification).

Meanwhile, "pneumatic lugs" secure this weighty machine to its black alligator strap for an optimal fit.

The time functions are pretty straightforward: hours and minutes at 3 o'clock; a 42-hour power reserve gauge at 6; and a flying tourbillon at 9 that recalls a rocket in flight.

Sapphire crystals on the back and sides provide an interesting 3D view of the mechanical self-winding movement. The watch has 32 jewels and is water-resistant to 98 feet.

Only 25 Moon Orbiters, which are part of Romain Jerome's Moon DNA line, are being made. A cool capsule-like case that opens at the touch of a button makes the $115,000 price tag a tad easier to swallow.

That's about half the price of a Virgin Galactic ticket. The conquest of space doesn't come cheap.


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