Jacob & Co. resumed the exploration of progressive mechanical watchmaking.
Jacob & Co.’s latest complex timepiece, a celestial style watch called Astronomia, is far from the modern watches produced by the Swiss watch industry. This whimsical new watch has a three-axis tourbillon, representing the function of the earth and the moon, and a floating dial, all of which revolve around the central column under the domed sapphire crystal. Jacob Arabo, the founder of Jacob & Co., said: “For me, astronomy represents the earth, space, and satellites.” “This is a futuristic view.”
In contrast to most companies in the watch industry today that tend to be more serious watch themes, Alabro allowed his imagination to guide the design of his latest works. His method is reminiscent of the inertial design of most products in the industry ten years ago, and obviously has a huge appeal to collectors today: at the Basel Watch and Jewellery Show earlier this year, Jacob & Co. (Jacob & Co. ) Showed the prototype of astronomy, and word of mouth attracted many famous customers who placed orders on the spot.
Although Jacob & Co. rarely manufactures its own works directly, the company was an influential participant during the horological boom during the stroke period. Quenttin (Quenttin) cheap replica watches was put on the market in 2006, equipped with a vertical tourbillon and a large continuous barrel, can provide a power reserve of 31 days, this feature since the appearance of Hublot and Concord and other brands of watches. However, in the last few years of the decade, due to the financial crisis and Arab’s own legal troubles, the company had to give up its bravest watch efforts.
Jacob & Co.’s return to the forefront of the mechanical watchmaking industry is the result of a collaboration with Studio7h38, a design and prototyping expert near Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Luca Soprana, the head of the group’s R&D, established a harmonious relationship with Arabo, and they were able to translate Arabo’s ideas into practical reality. “I keep asking Luca if it is possible to do other things,” Arabo said. “He always comes back to me and says,’I don’t know, Jacob; I think I can make it work.'” Their first joint project was the Epic SF24, a travel watch based on the vintage clamshell train station display that debuted last year. This seemingly complicated watch was completed in just two years.
Soprana cut his nose at BNB Concept (the company that designed Quenttin for Jacob & Co.) to distinguish his work from early modernist efforts by incorporating traditional structures into the movement. Unexpectedly, he seems to have found an ally in Arabi’s alternative imagination. “At first we thought he was crazy,” Soprana recalled. “But then we realized that he, like us, is trying to change the traditional watchmaking industry.”
The new watch with star chart launched by Jacob & Co. has surpassed the world
The lateral real-time display of the timepiece follows the movement of the stars through the signs of the zodiac…
The sky of astronomy is based on the bold nature of its predecessor.
Really admiring Jacob & Co.’s latest watches begins with understanding its predecessor. “After launching the first version of [Astronomia], we really want to connect the watch with the stars,” explains Luca Soprana, the watch development expert behind the watch launched by Jacob & Co. in 2014. The tourbillon, as well as the appearance of the earth and moon rotating on spokes around the central axis-are visible under the vast sapphire dome. This watch reversed the trend of conservatism in the new timepieces. Although it has aroused admiration in the Swiss watch industry, it has also encountered some skeptics.
Jacob & Co. has eliminated many criticisms with its new Astronomical Observatory . It incorporates a real-time display that can track the movement of stars with zodiac signs. No feature is more attractive than real-time real-time complication, and it has traditionally been tried only on the most complex and prestigious watches. “The reference in these displays is a flat sky chart made by Patek Philippe and Vacheron Constantin,” Soprana said. He added: “Jacob’s idea is actually to create a planetarium surrounded by all stars and planets.”
The star map of the observatory is located under a rounded dome on the movement, and the elliptical active ellipse indicates stars above Geneva latitude. The dome rotation is not obvious, and it rotates about 1 degree every day to explain the orbit of the earth around the sun, which distinguishes the sidereal day (23 hours, 56 minutes, 4.1 seconds) from the solar day. The soprano must make a special planetary gear device to accurately reduce the speed, but the soprano is an Arab method of watchmaking, making the soprano create a starry sky dome, reminding him of the work of the painter Giotto. He said: “The biggest advantage of working with Jacob is that he is not a watchmaker at all. He cares about the aesthetics of the work and asks for things that technicians have never asked for. He asks for a completely different approach to me. It’s very interesting to work in this way.”