Some high quality wristwatches are a showcase of modern technology and the craftsmanship of their manufacturers. What about aesthetic pleasure? One example is the Jacob & Co Opera watch. In a nutshell, this is a watch and a music box in one bottle.
Inside the case measuring 47 x 20 mm in the center of the dial is a four-axis modular design. Rotating musical cylinders are mounted on two axes on the right and left, while the other two have a three-axis tourbillon and a rose gold small dial with hands.
Rotating cylinders with tiny pins, in contact with a comb, consisting of metal plates, completely repeat the work of classical music boxes. For half an hour, the owner of the watch has the pleasure of hearing the composition Memory from the musical "Cats" by E. L. Webber.
The "arsenal" of the box contains 120 notes. The melody is started by pressing the button located on the case. During the rotation of the cylinders, the dial and the tourbillon are set in motion, which rotate 120 degrees. All carriages - inner, middle and outer - have different rotation speeds. They complete one revolution, respectively, in 40 seconds, 3 and 8 minutes.
A new movement has been developed especially for Jacob & Co Opera. In particular, the manual winding is made of titanium parts, which makes the watch lighter and the sounds made more pure. In total, the mechanism consists of 646 parts.
This unique watch is produced in two versions and a limited edition of 18 pieces, which is not surprising. Jacob & Co Opera will cost their owners $ 305, 000.