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New and Notable: Jacob & Co Astronomia Solar
With mobile phones, the world is at your fingertips, and almost all human knowledge can be accessed. Whether you want to use it to plan a trip to the Turks and Caicos Islands, find a dairy-free lasagna recipe, or buy a car, it's there. You also have a clock on your phone - whether your phone is locked or your screen is active, it's always there while you figure out what's best for you to go off-roading with your pet turtle (it's a Model Y) Traveling Tesla. Watches are becoming obsolete, whether we like it or not (and we don't). That's why it's exciting to see watchmakers push the boundaries of watches, and it's exciting to see Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar, which puts the world on your wrist by putting the solar system on your phone.
Jacob & Co. has always been known for its extravagant designs, but until the release of the Astronomia Tourbillon in 2014, it was known for high jewelry timepieces. Launching something as visually stunning and mechanically complex as the Astronomia forced the watch industry to rethink the brand and quickly embrace it as a major player in fine watches. When it was released at BaselWorld 2014, it was considered by many to be one of the best luxury replica watches at the show. No wonder the brand continues to iterate on the models, and there are now nine different models (including the desk clock) to choose from. The Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar came out in 2017 with some meaningful changes from the original.
Limited to 101 pieces, the Jacob & Co. Astronomia may be as much defined by its dial as its case. Truth be told, the 44.5mm wide, 21mm high case is really just for showcasing the dial: a huge domed sapphire crystal and an integrated sapphire strap, the wearer can always see the rotating masterpiece of the dial from any angle . The 18k rose gold part is truly a supporting frame, more than anything else. It is polished throughout to form a traditional case profile with curved lugs. The screw-down case back is also solid rose gold, and since there was no room for the crown elsewhere, Jacob & Co. found a solution here. Much like the old Bulova Accutrons and JLC Futurematics, the Astronomia Solar uses flip-out caseback labels for winding and setting, one for each function. The brushed caseback is accompanied by two nameplates with brand and model names. As you might expect from a display like this, it's only water resistant to 30 meters. The watch comes with a blue alligator leather strap with a branded rose gold pin buckle and quick release tab.
But you don't really care about the case because the watch is the dial. This dial makes the original Astronomia Tourbillon look like a white fence - sure it's cute, but so what, check out my gilded 15ft wrought iron defensive wall adorned with gemstones! Jacob & Co. Astronomia replica watches for sale shows no mercy; it is a shining representation of the solar system, incomplete and imperfect as it is. It's not an exact replica of our solar system's appearance or function because it lacks some planets, and those planets rotate in a single disk rather than independently according to their orbital period. But that is not the point; the point is to create a dramatic, three-dimensional, shimmering landscape of spaces, and it has been achieved. So what do we have on the dial? Let's take a closer look.
Everything is supported by a resplendent aventurine plinth that shimmers when the light hits it, giving the illusion of stars. A single disc, also made of aventurine, bears the seven celestial spheres represented by hemispherical cabochon-cut gemstones: white granite for Mercury, rhodonite for Venus, red jasper for Mars, peterite for Jupiter, Tiger's Eye of Saturn (Gold Applique with 18K Rose Ring), Blue Calcite of Uranus and Lapis Lazuli of Neptune. The ring rotates counterclockwise once every 10 minutes.
Moving inwards and upwards (then outwards) reveals the movement's exposed gears, rising to the dial's three-armed rotating platform, which completes a clockwise rotation every ten minutes. In the center of the shaft is a 1.5ct diamond. Jacob cut citrine sunstone with 288 facets. The globe is magnesia blue lacquer and rose gold, and the rotating rose gold and blue lacquer rotates on its own axis every 60 seconds. Also striking is the one-minute flying tourbillon with the Jacob & Co. signature bridge. If you've ever wanted to wear such a piece of art on your wrist to tell the time, you're in for a treat, perhaps the watch's most mechanically impressive feat. Attached to the third arm is a skeletonized titanium dial with rose gold-plated and lacquered Roman numerals and a blue mobile.Ulysse Nardin replica
Since most of the movement's gearing is exposed to the wearer, there is little to hide and not much to the imagination. Like MB&F or Christophe Claret's three-dimensional works, in a way the movement is the dial. The Jacob & Co. hand-wound JCAM19 was developed by Luca Soprano of watch design studio Studio 7h38, who also helped design the watch. It is constructed of titanium alloy and consists of 447 parts, including 47 jewels. As mentioned, it features a one-minute flying tourbillon that runs at 28,800 vph and has a power reserve of 48 hours.
As a bright spot, it is correct to compare Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar with other bright spots. Let’s start with something relatively staid by comparison: the Rolex Daytona “Eye of the Tiger.” Unlike the Astronomia Solar, this is an extravagant take on Rolex's rather generic chronograph. While impressive and ornate, it has only one crystal and no celestial spheres at all. For collectors who want to start to stand out but don't have the confidence to go all the way, I think this is a great starter piece.
We cannot exclude Greubel Forsey when referring to a movement as a dial. The brand is the undisputed champion of showing off its movements on the dial side. The Greubel Forsey Double Tourbillon 30° Technique is a prime example of the brand's unparalleled engineering and craftsmanship. While it may lack the sparkling, dazzling astral display, it does have an impressive tourbillon and enough dimension to make you swoon. U-BOAT replica
Finally, let’s talk about the choice of the king of overdesigned, chunky watches: Richard Mille. The Richard Mille RM 032 is a rose gold behemoth that can withstand the blast of a rose gold bejeweled tank. While Astronomia Solar may be showing us a peculiar version of the solar system, there is a good chance that the Richard Mille RM 032 will survive the end of the solar system.
The Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar is more about showing off than telling the time. It's like wearing Koh-i-Noor around your neck - you don't do it because your dress neckline needs a classy pendant and you feel regal, you do it because you can and you want people to know you Okay. Astronomia Solar has a level of confidence that borders on arrogance and bravado, but not everyone has it.
No matter what you think of its size or the sheer concept of its existence, there's no denying the beauty of the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar. Its technical prowess and aesthetic grandeur make it unique, and wearing it on your wrist can reach beyond the sphere of human knowledge and into the solar system.replica Patek Philippe Grand Complications