Haute Time Exclusive: Hands-On With the New Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon at BaselWorld 2014

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At BaselWorld, Haute Time met with Angela Arabo, who showed us the new watches launched by Jacob & Co. The most exciting piece was undoubtedly the Astronomia Tourbillon, which Haute Time got an exclusive look at during the fair.

The Astronomia Tourbillon, which Jacob & Co. created in collaboration with Studio 7H38, is a tourbillon that features the Earth and the Moon on its dial. It is an amazing piece, and even the pictures don’t do it justice.

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Housed in a 47mm 18K red gold case, this piece features a unique 3D dial. At the center of the deep blue aventurine dial is a four-armed carrier, with a tourbillon, a balance, the Earth and the Moon at the end of the arms. The carrier sends its four arms around the dial in a 20-minute rotation. The tourbillon, balance, Earth and Moon all rotate on their own axes as well.

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The hours and minutes are indicated on the tourbillon, with Roman numerals incorporated into the tourbillon’s carriage. The Earth is represented by a white gold sphere decorated with a deep blue grand feu enamel, while the Moon is represented by a briolette-cut diamond.

The dial is encased by a large domed sapphire crystal.

Photo credit: Seth Semilof.

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