Astarwatch – Astar by Rino Brodbeck
Simply moderate, the new Astar watch – envisioned and planned by famous planner Rino Brodbeck – has a space-like blue dial, without any markers, where the time is shown by three circles in gold, silver, and diamonds respectively representing the Sun (hours), the Moon (minutes) and Venus (seconds).
The gold circle for the hours is implanted in the blue dial while the silver plate of the minutes is set on a straightforward plate of sapphire gem of the same size as the dial. The movement of the circles is driven by a steel ring at the edge of the dial. The only plate conveyed by a hand is the little diamond one for the seconds.
The arrangement of circle planets creates an interesting succession of obscurations. As Rino Brodbeck clarifies: “On the wrist, the progression of time on the Astar provides the wearer with a display of genuine tasteful worth. Each passing second gives another image”.
The round hardened steel case has a width of 40 mm and a stature of 10.5 mm, with a completely coordinated twisting crown at 3 o’clock. It houses an ETA-based mechanical type with automatic winding offering 38 hours of power hold and beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Shock opposition is ensured by the utilization of 25 gems.
The Astar watch, produced by the Janvier make in Sainte-Croix following Rino Brodbeck’s specifications, is a restricted edition of 15 individually numbered pieces with a retail cost of 15,000 Swiss Francs. The number 11 has as of now become part of the inventory of the Musée d’Horlogerie de Genève.