In Baselworld 2016, Jacob & Co. introduced a fresh variant of the crowd-pleasing Astronomia mega-watch known as the Jacob & Co.. Not intended as a replacement, but rather as a supplement to the first Jacob & Co.. Astronomia (hands-on here), the “Jacob & Co.. Astronomia Sky” adds a couple of complications and really has a more compact case size.Down from the 50mm-wide dimensions of their normal Astronomia, the Jacob & Co.. Astronomia Sky is “only” 47mm wide and 25mm thick. Nobody wears a watch such as this since it’s slender, but Jacob & Co. was called upon to create a wearable version of its intriguing Astronomia. Also note that our pictures of this Jacob & Co.. Astronomia Sky Celestial Panorama Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillon are obviously a pre-production model. One of the crucial missing elements in this model watch is a deficiency of antireflective coating on the sapphire crystals. This makes legibility quite poor and also the watch details nearly impossible to photograph throughout the crystal. Simply mentioning that because “final” versions of the watch won’t have these crystal clear problems as much.This debut edition of this Jacob & Co.. Astronomia Sky Celestial Panorama Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillon comes at a 18k rose gold case with a large domed sapphire crystal on top and a centre sapphire crystal ring across the side of the circumstance. It makes viewing the interior of the watch and the movement very straightforward and attractive. And, yes, there is a pen to choose this. Well, actually these are pens to go with the Astronomia collection watches overall, and they were produced in collaboration with Jacob & Co. by Italian Visconti.
The year 2015 is almost at a close, and we’d like to help wrap it up with an aBlogtoWatch watch buying gift guide – done, once again, a little bit differently. As a publication that tends to help consumers make choices about watches they want to purchase, we dislike the idea of arbitrarily limiting your buying options to a few timepieces that we feel just narrowly beat out others in any given list. So for that reason, we try to stay away from more randomly assorted gift guides that, frankly, also bore us to create.
What we’ve done for this holiday season’s gift guide idea was to ask various members of the aBlogtoWatch team to mention the first watch that comes to mind when presented with a particular question. For example, we asked the question, “What watch would you wear to impress Vladimir Putin?” (a known watch buff and all-around leader of Russia). Each of the questions we asked called for a different type of watch, and we included some of our favorite responses from the aBlogtoWatch team. It’s just a little way of getting into our watch nerd heads and having fun during the holiday season (where, apparently, rest and relaxation is but a myth).
Whether your budget for watch buying is modest or prodigious, you’ll find some interesting timepieces here in each (perhaps unexpected) category that the aBlogtoWatch team feels are worth mentioning – from those suitable for very ordinary occasions to those which might only occur in our fantasies. Please offer your own choices in the comments below if you feel you have some watch choice responses to compliment our own.
Beater Watch Worth Wearing
Let’s start with the trusty everyday watch, something you can knock around and not worry too much about because it isn’t that expensive. With that in mind, it’s also got to be designed well, reliable, and say something about the wearer. Here are our top picks for the “beater watch” category.
Ariel Adams: Magrette Manoa Pacific Professional (Reviewed here)
Matt Smith-Johnson: Seiko Spirit Smart SCED035 ‘Aliens Ripley’ Watch (Reviewed here)
Victor Marks: Orient Symphony (Feature article “Orient Dress Watches: The Best Budget Option?” Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Casio G-Shock Rangeman Camo
Watch That Would Impress Vladimir Putin
Moving on from an everyday beater watch, we take a look at 4 picks for watches that even a massively wealthy oligarch would give a second look. Vlad’s a well-known watch collector, and we think he would happily add these to his shiny, fabulously ornate watch safe.
Ariel Adams: Jacob & Co. Astronomia (Hands-on here)
James Stacey: MB&F Legacy Machine Perpetual Calendar Watch (Hands-on here)
Patrick Kansa: Greubel Forsey GMT Watch In Platinum (Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco Da Gama Watch (Hands-on here)
Flamboyantly Designed “Grandly Complicated” Timepiece
There is no shortage of flashy watches and there’s no shortage of highly complicated watches out there. What if you want both, though? Well, we decided to think up 4 watches that we think will get you both attention and horological admiration.
Ariel Adams: HYT H3 (Hands-on here)
David Bredan: Richard Mille RM 26-02 Evil Eye (Hands-on here)
Bilal Khan: Antoine Preziuso “Tourbillon of Tourbillons” Triple Tourbillon (Hands-on here)
Mark Carson: Ulysse Nardin Freaklab (Hands-on here)