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Astarwatch - Astar by Rino Brodbeck

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Purely minimalist, the new Astar watch - envisioned and designed by famous architect Rino Brodbeck - has a space-like blue dial, without any markers, where the time of the day is indicated by three discs in gold, silver, and diamonds respectively representing the Sun (hours), the Moon (minutes) and Venus (seconds).
The gold disc for the hours is embedded in the blue dial while the silver disc of the minutes is placed on a transparent disc of sapphire crystal of the same size as the dial. The movement of the discs is driven by a steel ring at the edge of the dial. The only disc carried by a hand is the little diamond one for the seconds.
The system of disc planets creates a fascinating succession of eclipses. As Rino Brodbeck explains: "On the wrist, the passage of time on the Astar provides the wearer with a spectacle of true aesthetic value. Each passing second gives a new picture".
The round stainless steel case has a diameter of 40 mm and a height of 10.5 mm, with a fully integrated winding crown at 3 o'clock. It houses an ETA-based mechanical calibre with automatic winding offering 38 hours of power reserve and beating at 28,800 vibrations per hour. Shock resistance is guaranteed by the use of twenty-five jewels.
The Astar watch, produced by the Janvier manufacture in Sainte-Croix following Rino Brodbeck's specifications, is a limited edition of 15 individually numbered pieces with a retail price of 15,000 Swiss Francs. The number 11 has already become part of the inventory of the Musée d’Horlogerie de Genève.

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