Watch Of The Day: Jacob & Co. Astronomia ClarityWritten by Joshua Yap
Your one-minute primer to the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Clarity.
Jacob & Co. stunned the horological cognoscenti in 2014 with the Astronomia, the world’s first vertically built triple-axis tourbillon watch. Its original design mesmerises with its three-dimensional movement showing off the tourbillon, hours and minutes dial, spinning “Jacob-cut” spherical diamond, and rotating hand-painted globe, all completing a turn around the dial every 20 minutes. Just in case one wishes to see more of this mechanical marvel, it is now also available in a sapphire crystal case that took the brand 15 months to develop. Limited to nine pieces, it comes in rose or white gold, with the latter set with diamonds.
Though he wasn’t inducted into the world of watch journalism by choice, Joshua was hooked by mechanical horological wonders in no time. Although he personally favours modestly sized, no-nonsense timepieces, he sometimes misses the outrageous mind-bogglers of the pre-Credit Crunch years. As he dreams of owning a modern haute horlogerie watch one day, he’s currently content scouring the Internet for vintage value buys.