A year ago, Jacob & Co. introduced a new variant of the famed Astronomia Tourbillions that have been inspiring the wayfarers in us. This year, at Baselworld 2016, the company has introduced the mother of all complications with yet another radically daring timepiece that is nothing short of complications galore. This one levels up with the earlier complication introduced by Van Cleef and Arpels in 2014.
As Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co. puts it, “As a sailor heading toward the seas driven by the celestial vault, I found my star: the Astronomia Sky.” He speaks of the highly complicated Astronomia Sky Celestial Panorama Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillion that already has us in raptures.
The complications surpass those of the Astronomia Tourbillion by adding a brand new complication in the form of the sidereal display in 3D and an oval indicator and 24-hour day and night display. The sidereal display cloaks the surface of the case and synchronizes with the actual time taken by the earth to rotate around the sun. The splendid motion is captured on a grade 5 18-karat gold star-studded titanium dial, which also finds room to accommodate hand-crafted zodiac signs. The oval sky indicator displays the portion of stars visible from the Northern Hemisphere and completes a complete rotation in a single sidereal day. Day and night is indicated by a lacquered hand-engraved titanium globe that rotates and is surely the most endearing component of the entire movement.
Finally we come to the triple axis gravitational tourbillion, which is one of the four satellite arms that rotate in continuous time intervals, thus painting a different picture each time you look at the watch. It is accompanied by another satellite that indicates the hours and minutes and an Orbital second hand. The fourth satellite is hand indicates the patented Jacob Cut red moon, which appears to be an orange sphere sapphire. The time can be set with the help of a pair of bows. One for setting the time and the other to control the mechanical movements.
The Astronomia Sky Celestial Panorama Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillion is truly a sight to behold and among our favorites this Baselworld. This masterpiece took 3,300 and 30 experts to put together. An effort that is commendably visible.
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