When it comes to watches, Jacob & Co. has a lot of hate but also a lot of admirers as many argue that they are not really creating elegant timepieces. However, ignoring Jacob & Co. would be entirely unfair as what they are doing deserves recognition even if people do not agree with their style. The Limited Edition Astronomia Maestro Worldtime watch is no exception as the amount of detail would rival entire watch lines from other manufacturers.
This Astronomia Maestro Worldtime is encased in a 50mm wide and 26mm thick frame made completely out of sapphire crystal with a rose gold chassis. This allows the wearer to see the entire movement and all the intricacies that make this watch what it is. There is no crown in this watch to allow uninterrupted views across the watch, instead the winding and setting function is on the case back of the watch. The movement itself has a power reserve of 50 hours and powers a whole range of other functions in the watch.
Besides the hours and minutes function it also features a minute repeater carillon with 3 elevated spiral gongs, as well as a world time function. There is a gravitational triple axis flying tourbillon where the 1st cage rotates every 60 seconds and the 2nd cage rotates every 90 seconds. There is also an Earth Globe rotating on one of the arms which rotates once every 24 hours and indicates the time across each of the 24 time zones. There is also the signature Jacob Cut 1-carat diamond which rotates once every 90 seconds allowing the wearer to see each of its 288 individual facets.
Finally, the dial itself also features a fully hand painted aventurine dial along the movement bridges which depicts the Milky Way and its planets. To complete the space theme there is also hand painted highly detailed orbiting astronaut figure, cause why not at this point. As mentioned previously the case is 50mm and made out of 18K Rose gold. The case back features 3 rotating bows to wind, set the time and to operate the world time setting. The water resistant however is only 10m but that is to expected with this case design. The dial features blue PVD indexes and blued Jacob & Co. hands. It comes attached to a dark blue alligator strap with an 18K rose gold folding buckle.
Love it or hate it, the amazing functionality and design intricacies definitely needs recognition. The watch is only limited to 18 pieces worldwide and will be priced at $780,000 and with this high rarity that means a lot of people are not going to be even see it in person let alone purchase it. While I am not a big fan of their designs, I cannot deny the amount of work that goes into each watch and that alone deserves a lot of respect.