The Astronomia Maestro, unveiled at Baselworld 2018 is the newest addition to Jacob & Co’s out-of-the-world (pun intended!) Astronomia collection.
Galaxy of Gold and Glass
The Astronomia Maestro is definitely not a watch to be taken lightly. With a 50mm diameter case in rose gold and a sapphire glass ‘window’ on the sides, the watch depicts a mesmerizing view of the cosmos.
Conceived and executed over a period of 2 years by Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co., and watchmaker par excellence Luca Soprana, the Astronomia Maestro takes onlookers on a fantastic journey through outer space.
The Astronomia Maestro features a model of the Earth, crafted from lacquered magnesium, which rotates on its own axis once in 30-seconds and travels around the entire watch-front as well.
The moonphase indicator of the complex timepiece is represented by an exquisite half white-half black diamond with 288 facets. This ‘moon’ rotates around the Astronomia Maestro’s movement over a span of 10-minutes and revolves around its own axis every 31-days.
The piece-de-resistance is the tiny, life-like figurine of an astronaut, complete with a spacesuit and helmet, which floats weightlessly through the universe of the Astronomia Maestro movement. This figure travels around the watch every 10 minutes and revolves on itself every 30-seconds.
Sounds of Space
In addition to Jacob & Co’s renowned gravitational triple axis tourbillon and the moonphase indicator, the Astronomia Maestro includes a technically complex minute repeater carillon that chimes not two, but three tones. Creating a melodious sound reminiscent of church bells, the minute repeater chimes the hours, quarter hours and minutes in a varying pitch that moves from low to high.
At its heart, in spite of its array of grand complications, the Astronomia Maestro is an example of the finest watchmaking prowess, and the dial itself, indicating the hours and minutes is located at the very centre of the movement.
HOT Verdict: A watch that has it all, this one sends us into orbit!