MARVEL Studios chose RJ to create Haute Horlogerie watches inspired by the amazing Spider-Man. The new ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon, channels Spider-Man’s iconic style through every component
The launch also marks RJ’s first movement manufactured completely in-house. In a first for the Swiss watchmaker, the highly innovative Spider-Man inspired central tourbillon movement was developed and produced wholly in-house at RJ Studio in Eysins. With its first in-house central tourbillon, RJ set out to achieve a remarkably long power reserve which necessarily requires an oversized barrel. The barrel was placed at the center of the movement to accommodate its substantial width, spanning almost the entire dial. This clever design enabled the movement to generate a power reserve of 150 hours (more than six days).
The sizeable barrel naturally meant that the tourbillon cage had to be placed above it, at the center of the movement and on the same axis. This unique construction provides a fantastic view of the regulator. 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.
Adding to this innovation, the hour and minute display system is fixed on two very wide and high-precision ball bearings in order to optimize the movement’s efficiency as much as possible. The hands have been shaped to mimic the legs of the Spider icon. The first variation, in red, is crafted in a high-performance composite that combines superposed layers of black carbon and red fiberglass. The material is incredibly light and also offers a finely textured matte surface. 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.
A perfectly symmetrical case with a unique winding mechanism
In order to maintain perfect symmetry, the ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon case has no crown. Winding of the barrel’s mainspring is done by lifting a hoop found on the case back then turning it like a key. 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.
The case back features a cartridge engraving technique. The letters are polished and stand out from the micro-blasted back surface. Four sapphire crystals on the case back allow maximum visibility of the movement. The ARRAW Spider-Man Tourbillon is equipped with the interchangeable ARRAW strap system, allowing the strap to be released with a simple ‘click’ by pressing simultaneously on the two lug screws. On the clasp, a lever releases the strap from the deployment buckle, no tools required.
A spider watch box
For the first time the ARRAW watch box, characterized by its round shape and the iconic four RJ BUMPERS™, has 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.
RJ ARRAW SPIDER-MAN TOURBILLON SPECIAL EDITION
Limited Edition 10 pieces
CASE: Type Spider-Man
Diameter: 45 mm
Case: Composite material made of black carbon and red fiberglass
Bezel: Composite material made of black carbon and red fiberglass
Lugs: Composite material made of black carbon and red fiberglass
Case back: Open in grade 5 titanium, circular satin-brushed with 4 sapphire crystals
Water resistance: 100 meters or 330 feet
Caliber: RJ-7000 Mechanical manual winding movement with central tourbillon
Functions: Peripheral hours and minutes, Central tourbillon
Winding: Manual winding using a hoop on the case back
Frequency: 21’600 alternances/hour (3 Hz)
Jewels: 29 jewels
Power reserve: 150 hours (over 6 days)
DIAL & HANDS:
Dial: Openworked dial with black flange
Appliques: Ruthenium satin-brushed indexes with luminescent coating
Hands: Ruthenium satin-brushed with luminescent coating
STRAP & CLASP:
Type: Interchangeable ARRAW strap
Material: Black polyamide on black rubber inlay with black stitching and black Spider-Man logo
Clasp: Titanium folding clasp, polished and satin-brushed with black PVD coating. Side plates in black composite and cover in black rubber