Jacob & Co. : Horological musical

Opera Musical Watch

CASE : black PVD-finish titanium and sapphire, topped by a dome-shaped glareproofed sapphire crystal

SIZE : 47mm

MOVEMENT : mechanical manualwinding, Manufacture Caliber JCFM03, 72h power reserve, black PVD-finish bridges and plate, pink gold-plated cylinders

FUNCTIONS : hours and minutes ; on demand, the mechanism plays the “Memory” tune from the musical Cats : gravitational triple axis tourbillon spinning on three axes in 40 seconds, 3 minutes and 8 minutes respectively

DIAL : 18K pink gold

STRAP : black alligator leather, folding clasp

After the animated solar system tableau staged amid sidereal silence beneath the dome of the Astronomia models, the Opera Musical Watch by Jacob & Co. makes the most of the case’s thickness to house a music box mechanism alongside the familiar triple axis tourbillon movement and thus provide a sound background. This high-tech watch movement rubbing shoulders with the retro feel of the toothed combs and pin-fitted cylinders typical of traditional music boxes. A press on the 2 o’clock pusher activates the rotation of the cylinders, sounding the “Memory” tune from the musical Cats. But in this aptly named Opera watch, the show is also a visual stage-setting, since the structure bearing the cylinders, as well as the gravitational tripleaxis tourbillon and the hours and minutes dial, simultaneously perform a 120° rotation around the dial. The even more spectacular tourbillon carriage much even faster than on the Astronomia models. The watch comes in a pared-down version highlighting the complexity of its inner workings, as well as another variation decorated with musical scores and musical instruments. Discover the watch in full on worldtempus.com.

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