Give it to Jacob & Co. founder Jacob Arabo to conceive a gravitational three-axis tourbillon and wrap it in transparent sapphire. The astronomically clear rose gold dome-shaped crystal gyro allows 360° viewing of the complex movement, which includes a gravity tourbillon rotating on three axes.
Bold, superb craftsmanship and charming technique.
Jacob Arabo has excellent acting skills. Over the years, the founder of Jacob & Co. has shaped a unique company in the watchmaking industry with a truly unique vision. His brand has created spectacular timepieces technically and visually. The sophistication of these finely crafted watches on stage has become the brand’s hallmark… Talking about finely crafted works, Astronomia Art Phoenix combines impressive watchmaking techniques and unparalleled fine art of decoration.
“Astronomical Art Phoenix” is a spectacular interpretation of the concept originally proposed in 2013. It combines three-dimensional display, unique complexity and artistic craftsmanship. Following versions such as “Imperial Dragon” or the extravagant “Octopus”, the latest “Astronomy” is characterized by the outstanding complexity of its miniature sculptures. This unique piece shows a golden phoenix flying over the movement and spreading its wings around its different elements.
Jacob & Co. Astronomy is a fascinating 3D mechanical epitome of constant motion. The display consists of a centrally mounted merry-go-round, with a constantly moving element at each end of the four satellite arms: a Jacob cut diamond weighing 1 carat, with 288 facets rotating in 60 seconds ; The magnesite globe can rotate in 60 seconds; a sub-dial for one hour and minutes; finally, a two-axis tourbillon regulates this charming ballet. The main cage can be rotated classically in 60 seconds, and due to the vertical axis, it can also be rotated every 5 minutes.
In order to develop this manual winding movement, Jacob & Co. collaborated with Studio 7h38 (owned by Luca Soprana), a movement manufacturer specializing in high complexity, located in Vomacus near Neuchâtel. It is composed of no less than 368 parts and can retain power for 60 hours after being completely wound.
The impressive sculpture wrapped around the movement was made by a single artist over a period of seven months. It is hand-carved and finished. Craftsmen cast a solid 18k rose gold phoenix from multiple parts. Before assembling them seamlessly, they were carefully polished and finished. Always pay attention to details. Because there is a lot of negative space, sculptors must create specific tools to work in areas that would otherwise be almost impossible to reach.
This charming ballet and sculpture is housed in a 47 mm white gold case. The impressive tall domed sapphire crystal invites you to appreciate the changing details from different angles. Like the side of the case, the lugs are hollowed out. You may have noticed that the luxury watches men does not have a crown. Flip the watch, the two symmetrical up keys are flush with the back cover. One is for the winding movement and the other is for setting the time. The watch is worn on a crocodile leather strap with a platinum folding buckle.
Naturally, the bold Jacob & Co. Astronomy Art Phoenix is not underestimated, but it is known for the technicality of its movement and the attention to detail involved in its production. It has a three-dimensional sense and difference every time, it provides a dynamic and true hypnotic experience.
Technical specifications-JACOB&CO. ASTRONOMIA ART PHOENIX
Case: 47mm diameter x 25mm height-18k white gold, polished-dome sapphire crystal glass with anti-reflective coating-case is surrounded by sapphire crystal glass-water resistance 30m
Movement: Jacob & Co. Movement JCAM25 manual winding-41.65 mm x 14.15 mm-42 jewels-384 parts-21,600 vibrations per hour-60 hours power reserve
Display: 4-arm 3D movement-1 carat of unique 288 facet Jacobs cut diamonds, rotation 60s-Magnesium blue lacquered globe, rotation 60s-dual-axis tourbillon, 1 rotation for 60s, 2 rotations in 5 minutes Within-hours and minutes
Strap: blue alligator leather strap with 18k white gold folding clasp