The style of Italian design in Swiss haute horlogerie returns to be talked about The Italian The luxury & watch designer Danilo Petta Co-Owner of Mask Architects , formerly Senior Product Manager of some Omega De Ville lines and Chief Watch Designer of Purnell, has projects such as the Bulgari Serpenti Tubogas (2009) , Sky Astronomy (2016) and Solar Astronomy by Jacob & Co (2017) wins the prestigious IAA Muse Design Awards 2020 (Platinum Winner, watches category) with the Astronomy Sky watch by Jacob & Co.
The project that brought the designer of Sardinian origin "to the podium" is by Jacob & Co, a creation with a futuristic design and extraordinary micromechanical engineering that wishes to raise the watchmaking art above time. The authorship of this micromechanical system is the work of another Italian talent, the Master Watchmaker Luca Soprana who created the Caliber JCAM11.
The two managed to create, by combining the highest level of Swiss watchmaking craftsmanship, Italian creativity and micro-decorative arts, a watch that wants to be the visual-poetic reproduction of the celestial vault. Never seen before in watchmaking, Sky Astronomy, which took almost 3 years to develop from the tried and tested Petta-Soprana binomial, introduces a three-dimensional sidereal display and a vertically developed architecture unique in its kind, the JCAM11 Manual Caliber works at 21 ' 600 vibrations / hour with 42 jewels and with a 60-hour power reserve. Available with 18K rose gold, white gold and in a limited edition in black gold, the Astronomia Sky offers an orbital dial of the hours and minutes protected by a domed sapphire crystal. Around the edge of the blue titanium disc, visible at the base of the watch on the side of the case, you can see a month indicator. A ring milled from solid sapphire glass opens the 360 ° view of the movement.
Everything is controlled by the oscillator which is positioned in the center of the three-axis tourbillon that appears to be suspended in space. Looking at the center of the structure of the four-armed movement, you can admire a small globe which is nothing but the representation of the Earth. This Earth orbit has a half sphere that rotates around it to act as a day / night indicator. On the back of the watch there are two winding crowns useful for the different settings of the timepiece. A key crown regulates the time and day / night indicator (both based on 24h, solar time) while a second crown is used to manually wind the mechanical movement. One wheel sets the sidereal time while the other is used to set the sky indicator