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    15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

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    Everyone dreams of developing a watch these days. Recently Dutch musician Yvo Staudt launched his excellent Staudt Praeludium on Watchuseek, now Swiss Architect Rino Brodbeck has produced a limited edition piece called The Astar. Only 15 numbered editions are available so it’s already a collector's item. The watch represents a symbolic interpretation of the movement of the Sun, Earth and Venus.


    The watch was made by Janvier SA, a firm founded by Vianney Halter, one of the most imaginative watchmakers of the early 21st century and winner of the Grand Prix de Genève Innovation Prize in 2013. It was manufactured in Sainte-Croix, at the heart of Switzerland's watchmaking region.


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    Award winning architect Rino Brodbeck was born in Basel in 1934. In 1957, he moved to Geneva. A winner of many competitions, he is the creator of several major constructions including the headquarters of the World Meteorological Organization (OMM) in Geneva, the three new Rolex buildings, and the Hans Wilsdorf bridge, completed in 2012. Rino Brodbeck always had an affinity for the stars. He therefore imagined a watch governed by the cosmos while, at the same time, respecting the laws that apply in architecture. In 2002, his dream became a reality when he created a limited series of fifteen watches with the following motif: time, space, architecture, and the human being at the centre.


    Fifteen editions and already a museum piece


    The watch runs on ETA base movement that breaks down the hour with great precision thanks to its 28,800 vph beat. Timepiece number 11 has already become part of the inventory of the Musée d'Horlogerie de Genève. This stainless steel timekeeper has a diameter of 40 millimeters. The dial is a space-like blue, with white gold for the hour disc), silver for the minute disc and diamonds for the seconds, each of which have replaced the traditional hands.


    Time's symbolic power


    According to Rino Brodbeck, the watch evokes the cosmic order, establishing a symbiosis with the astral universe, of being able to reach a perception of infinity that allows us to think, love, create and act. His rationale is that human beings are not the masters of time. The world they have created imposes a momentum that is in total dissonance with the very astral rhythm to which they are subjected. And because the hour, the minute, the second are mere social conventions and ways to control one's availability, a watch just had to be invented with hours that refer to the Sun, minutes to the Moon, and seconds to Venus. The Astar is the mirror of a celestial system that connects the past with modern times, a watch that literally reaches for the stars, fraught, as it is, with inspired symbolism.


    A different way to read time


    It takes just a little time, and a learning period, to see the actual time emerge from the configuration of the symbols, the hours-minutes-seconds, the arrangement of surfaces, colours, and specific dimensions, all perfectly legible even when superimposed. And each second that passes opens a new, harmonious composition to the delight of the cosmophile's eye. If you are interested to get hold of this rare watch you contact Astarwatch on +41 22 533 08 55 or email contact@astarwatch.ch


    The Astar specifications


    Movement> automatic, ETA base, 28,000 vph, 21 jewels, power
    reserve 46 hours. Case diameter 40 millimeters, height
    10.5 millimeters, round, stainless steel, convex sapphire crystal
    with antireflective treatment, water-resistant to 3 atm (30 metres).
    Remarks: The winding crown at 3 o'clock is fully integrated into
    the case. Dial> astral blue, discs replace hands, gold for the
    hours, silver for the minutes and diamond for the seconds.

    Visit the Astar Watch website
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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    And I ask with all sincerity...what time is it...does anyone know..
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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    Quote Originally Posted by little big feather View Post
    And I ask with all sincerity...what time is it...does anyone know..
    10:50 is what it looks like to me.

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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    So it is 10:50 according to the symbols? Not sure I get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fredrick View Post
    So it is 10:50 according to the symbols? Not sure I get it.
    Gold is the hour, silver is the minutes and the second hand is well the second hand.

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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    Quote Originally Posted by ilitig8 View Post
    Gold is the hour, silver is the minutes and the second hand is well the second hand.
    AM - PM ??

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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    Might make a neat watch for a 'space cadet', but I'll pass.

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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    Quote Originally Posted by fredrick View Post
    AM - PM ??
    Like any simple "three hand" watch that requires you to look outside and determine if it is light or dark out. :)
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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    Quote Originally Posted by ilitig8 View Post
    Like any simple "three hand" watch that requires you to look outside and determine if it is light or dark out. :)
    I was somewhat teasing. It would be cool if the dial changed shades or color tones at sunrise, sunset, and Day/night. Then I would be impressed!

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    Re: 15 numbered pieces: The Astar by Rino Brodbeck

    Is that a NATO strap?

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