This Watch's Spinning Spectacle Is More Distracting Than a Smartphone

Baselworld 2014—the CES for the watch industry—is just around the corner and you know what that means: an endless parade of mechanical wristworn masterpieces that most of us could never dream of affording. Like Jacob&Co's new Astronomia Tourbillon which features enough spinning components to distract even a devout smartphone addict.

There's not a lot of details to go on just yet, but given its name the Astronomia Tourbillon appears to represent a small subset of of the celestial objects in our solar system, including the Earth and presumably its moon represented as a large crystal. The watch's engineering seems to focus more on the spectacle than its functionality, but the rotating clock face that always keeps its hands properly oriented is a wonderful trick.

Pricing hasn't been revealed yet either, but it's safe to assume it will eclipse even a well-equipped Rolex. And while those who can appreciate a well-engineered mechanical movement will certainly find something to like here, the watch is probably targeted at those looking for flash over function. [Jacob&Co via aBlogtoWatch]