Jacob Arabo and Luca Soprana on the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon, Create a Glittering Cosmos for Your Wrist

Jacob Arabo, founder of fake Jacob & Co., is known for his jewelry and diamond-encrusted high jewelry watches.

Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co., is known for his jewelry and diamond-encrusted high jewelry watches. He is also known for being the first to tap the intersection between high luxury and pop culture, and while celebrities have always been an adjunct to luxury marketing, as long as there have been celebrities, the one who really made luxury watch aspirations was Jacob for Pop Celebrities and its fans, as well as movie stars, supermodels and other major media personalities. However, over the past 10 years he has also ventured into the watch industry in a more technical way, making mechanical timepieces with unusual complications that are indeed quite different from what everyone else is doing.

Jacob & Co.’s first major mechanical complication was the Quenttin Tourbillon, which set the record for the longest power reserve in a wristwatch at the time: 31 days. Subsequent complications include the SF24, a 24-time-zone watch with a flip-flop display for a second time zone, based on the information boards that were once ubiquitous at train stations and airports. However, his most notable release over the past few years has been the astronomical tourbillon.

The Astronomia Tourbillon is a 50mm wide watch that displays the Earth and Moon, as well as a three-axis tourbillon. The moon is represented by a 288-faceted, 1-carat diamond. The background of all elements on the rotating four-armed carrier consists of aventurine panels. The rotational speed of each element of the Astronomia Tourbillon has been carefully selected to give the watch an ever-changing look.

The astronomical tourbillon debuted at Baselworld in 2013, and to put it mildly, it caused a stir. The watch is huge: 50mm in diameter with a 25mm high domed sapphire crystal. Under the dome-like dome, is a four-armed aircraft carrier. At the end of one arm is a three-axis tourbillon, opposite the tourbillon a movement mechanism (for moving the hour and minute hands) and a skeletonized dial. The other two arms feature an enamel globe representing the Earth, and a 288-sided, 1-carat diamond representing the Moon. The idea is not to have an astronomically precise representation of the orbits of the Earth or the Moon, but to create a visual display that evokes the same sense of wonder as looking up at the night sky. The backdrop for the entire show is aventurine.

Obviously, a lot is happening visually (to put it mildly), and it’s no surprise that this watch was also technically challenging to make. Under the supervision of founder Luca Soprana, the development takes place at the Neuchâtel-based watch design company Studio 7h38. The two biggest problems are strength and balance. Tourbillons always have a problem in providing enough energy for a good balance wheel amplitude, and therefore, good timekeeping, because the mainspring has to move, not only the balance wheel, but the entire tourbillon cage as well as the escape wheel, levers, Balance wheel, hairspring and hairspring each time the escapement is unlocked. In the case of the astronomical tourbillon, the problem is compounded by the extra mass of the four armed carriers and all the other decorative and functional parts mounted on them.

The second challenge – balance – is more properly called balance. In order to maintain good timekeeping, it is important that the balance wheel of a normal watch is not focused; it should be perfectly balanced. Likewise, the tourbillon cage also needs to be balanced. In an astronomical tourbillon, it is not only necessary to balance the balance and tourbillon cage, but also to ensure that each element on the four arms of the carrier is balanced against each other.

Because the watch isn’t designed to be astronomically correct, each element spins fast enough to keep the whole thing visually appealing (Arabo says he wants the watch to look different every time the wearer sees it ). The earth and the moon rotate once per minute. From the innermost axis to the outermost axis, the tourbillon rotates every 60 seconds, 5 minutes, and 20 minutes (the outermost axis of the tourbillon is of course the carrier itself, and it takes 20 minutes to make one rotation) . The time display is mounted on a differential gear system, so that the 12 o’clock direction on the counter is always oriented towards the 12 o’clock direction of the entire watch (i.e. always “face up”).

The sides of the case are made of synthetic sapphire panels. The Astronomia Tourbillon is surprisingly light and comfortable to wear on the wrist. The entire display of the astronomical tourbillon rotates every 20 minutes. The Astronomia Tourbillon is a watch that you can be sure you won’t see on other people’s wrists at your average watch lovers gathering.

Now, you get a best fake watches like this to shoot and try on it naturally. Oddly enough, this is a fairly comfortable watch to wear. The truth is that despite the size, many watches are empty, so there is less weight on the wrist than you might expect from the numbers, although the astronomical tourbillon won’t kick anyone’s no-dating submarine as an everyday wear watch , you can actually wear it at the start of the big night and still feel comfortable 12 hours later (or longer, depending on how fun your big night ends up being). To my surprise, it’s also water resistant to 30 meters, which I guess means you can take it in the shower if you really want to (not that you should, but you can).

Personally, I have to say that while the astronomical tourbillon is in almost every way the exact opposite of all the appealing things I usually find in a watch, it’s totally over the top and shows it so strongly. Strength firmly believes that I will eventually find the whole thing irresistible.

For example, from 2000 to around 2010, there was a period of time — the release of the Ulysse Nardin Freak on the one hand, and the financial crisis on the other — the supernova expansion of the luxury men watch industry, where a lot of money was invested in research and development, coupled with seemingly The methamphetamine-fueled product development cycle has produced an almost unheard of fortune in innovative watchmaking. Now, a lot of it is purely peddling novelty, and most of it has proven to be very forgettable and, in some cases, ugly with consequences. And, of course, no one really regrets that the industry seems to be moving into a trend of more or less classic watch designs that are sturdy, reliable, and well-styled that a normal person might actually be able to afford. The new normal. But part of me misses the clean (and not so clean) fun of going to Baselworld to see one quirky thing after another. That’s why I’m glad Jacob & Co. is still around, fighting a great battle to make a watch that really exists, and isn’t afraid to follow a wild idea to its wonderful conclusion.

Astronomical tourbillon. Astronomia tourbillon measures 50mm x 25mm and is water resistant to 30m; three-axis tourbillon; four-arm stand mounted with a magnesium sphere representing the earth, a 288 facet 1 carat diamond (patented Jacob & Co. cut) Time Display and tourbillon. Back and rear. Sapphire case panel; aventurine panel set below the carrier. Jacob & Co. ASTRONOMIA SOLAR BITCOIN AS310.21.AB.AA.A