Jacob & Co. tunes its Astronomia minute repeater

Because the minute repeater ranks among watchmaking’s elite complications, it’s usually presented in a proper, traditional form with minimal embellishments other than traditional finishes. Jacob & Co. has always been an extrovert among the few minute repeater watchmakers, but it took the opposite approach. Its latest Astronomia watch features a full display of gongs and hammers, as well as a three-axis tourbillon, a hemispherical constellation globe with two half-carat spherical diamonds, a global lacquer globe and a miniature astronaut orbiting the dial. player, locked in a 40-second spin. The busy 3D composition is layered within a curio cabinet-sized case, 50mm wide x 26mm thick, against a backdrop of stacked gears and aventurine rings, hand-painted with stars, planets and the Milky Way.

Jacob & Co.’s three-axis tourbillon Astronomia watch, first launched in 2014. Other pieces in the collection include the Astronomia Spider, Astronomia Casino, Astronomia Gambler, Astronomia Octopus and several Astronomia Solar watches with spherical stones representing planets. It was the first minute repeater in the line, and in typical Jacob & Co. style, it was a blockbuster in its class: a Carillon minute repeater with three gongs and hammers instead of the traditional two . The gongs are stacked vertically rather than next to each other at the case perimeter, which makes them more clearly visible through the sapphire case sides. Carillon chimes, 15 minutes and minutes, using the notes Do, Re and Mi. A safety feature prevents the watch from being wound when striking the time.

Jacob Arabo and Luca Soprana at the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon, sparkling little universes on their wrists

Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co., is known for his jewelry and diamond-encrusted fine jewelry watches. He is also known for being the first to mine the intersection between high luxury and pop culture, and while celebrity has been an adjunct to luxury marketing for as long as there have been celebrities, it was Jacob who really made luxury watches desirable. Cloth has featured pop music celebrities and their fans — as well as movie stars, supermodels and other major media personalities. However, in the past 10 years he has also entered the watch industry in a more technical way, making mechanical timepieces with unusual complications that are really different from what anyone else has made.

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

The Astronomia Tourbillon debuted at Baselworld in 2013, and it was, to put it mildly, a sensation. The watch is huge: 50mm in diameter with a domed sapphire crystal 25mm high. Under the sky-like dome is a four-armed vehicle. One arm ends with a three-axis tourbillon, and opposite the tourbillon is the movement (which moves the hour and minute hands) and a skeletonized dial. The other two arms feature an enamelled globe representing the Earth and a 288-faceted 1-carat diamond representing the Moon. The idea is not to make an astronomically accurate 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 background of the whole show is aventurine.

Breitling Navitimer 8: eight things to know

It does not replace the original NAVITIMER
Launched in 1952, the past Navitimer (we mean until the new Navitimer 8) is a series of chronographs. With the launch of Navitimer 8, the original series was renamed Navitimer 1.

But it is very different from the first NAVITIMER
For starters, the most representative feature of Navitimer 1 is a circular slide rule, which allows pilots to perform all types of calculations related to air navigation, but Navitimer 8 does not. Another small feature but the logo has undergone a major change. Those on Navitimer 8 show a stylized “B” with the fake Breitling name, which is more concise than the old version with a winged logo on the top of the brand and series names.

But this is not a bad thing. Before you get angered, the new Navitimer 8 series offers more of what we expect from the old guard. These watches exude nostalgic charm, and their aesthetic accent refers to the onboard clock of the Whitt Aviation Department, and Breitling’s own vintage pilot watch, reference 768.

This is the way to identify the NAVITIMER 8. You can identify the Navitimer 8 watch by the unidirectional knurled bezel (not as obvious as the Navitimer 1), the triangular minute markers that dot the dial, the retro font on the hour numbers, and the contrast polishing and contrast. The case and bracelet are treated with matte finish. These watches have that kind of friendly, retro appeal-in full synchronization with the current market demand for watches with retro designs.

Breitling Navitimer 8 Automatic

There are five models to choose from
In addition to the old-school coolness, the Navitimer 8 series also offers a variety of options. There are five models to choose from, covering price and technology range. Starting with a stainless steel three-hand automatic mechanical watch and a date type, the series moves upward through an automatic chronograph, world timer, and internal chronograph.

Breitling Navitimer 8 Day Date

Get an automatic chronograph
Those who know about watch collections will push you to higher-end products-Navitimer 8 B01, driven by Breitling’s proprietary automatic chronograph movement with column wheels launched in 2009; and Navitimer 8 Unitime, Also equipped with internal movement, automatic movement Calibre B35 with world time function. However, for us, the Navitimer 8 chronograph driven by an automatic chronograph movement based on Valjoux 7750 is a good choice if you are a conservative consumer but still want to participate. This watch will satisfy all your wishes-this watch will make you the first to have the next generation of Breitling watches, while still providing the full set of technical and design qualities of a new series.

Breitling Navitimer 8 Chronograph

Transaction with the number “8”
Although many people would consider this to be Breitling’s unequivocal blink of an eye in the Chinese market (this number sounds like “luck” in the world in Mandarin), the Navitimer 8 nickname is derived from aviation history. The story is that the series was inspired by the Huit Aviation Department, a company founded by Willy Breitling to manufacture aircraft cockpit instruments. Navitimer 8 is so named because 1)’Huit’ is the French word for ‘8’; 2) the company was founded in 1938; 3) the cockpit instruments provided by the Huit Aviation Department are known for their eight-day power reserve.