With Astronomia Solar, Jacob & Co. wanted to model the solar system in a watch. In the middle of this dial is a massive 1.5 carat citrine, Jacob cut, symbolizing sunlight. Jacob & Co. best also uses three other gemstones in amethyst, garnet and smoky quartz to represent other planets. These planets all rotate with movement, making the dial make one revolution every 10 minutes.
The end result of all these rotating parts is stunning and looks like a miniature solar system spinning around your wrist. The movement that makes it all possible is the in-house movement JCAM19. Consisting of 444 parts, the movement is unique in that it is mainly made of titanium. Titanium is used to reduce the load on the mainspring given that it has to sense so many rotating parts. The tourbillon beats at 4Hz and the JCAM19 has a power reserve of 48 hours. There’s a lot to see and respect about this watch.
Granted, this is a modest excess, and purists will argue that the watch serves no real practical purpose. For example, the positions of the planets are unreal, unlike Van Cleef & Arpels‘ midnight planetarium view, but compared to the midnight planetarium, the Astronomia Solar presents instant gratification and its of the dial, which constantly changes position and movement. For a pleasing watch that lets those around you instantly know what you’re worth, there are few watches I can think of more than Jacob & Co. for the job.
No matter what you think of Jacob & Co., everyone agrees that the brand is never boring. At Baselworld 2013, Jacob & Co. caught the eye with the release of the Epic SF24 travel timer watch. This is a unique watch, to say the least, that shows the local time through a typical dial and uses a special retro-style flip clock at 12 o’clock to show the time in a separate time zone, like we see at airports That way. Now, three years later, we see the new Jacob & Co. SF24 Flying Tourbillon watch, as well as a diamond version.
Side note: There are also new Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Racing watches, which are identical to the original Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 from three years ago, but differ in that they are available in a range of red, green and blue racing colors. The inner bezel, hour markers and rubber inserts for the case are all colored, which adds even more visual appeal to an already very interesting watch.
However, the star of this year’s new release has to be the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon watch. As the name suggests, this watch features a flying tourbillon located at 10 o’clock next to the main dial showing the local time. At 12 o’clock is a second time zone display, using what Jacob & Co. calls a split flip display. With the push of a button on the side, owners can scroll through all 24 major time zones and marvel at the way the display flips over, reminiscent of the flip boards used at many airports around the world.
The watch is powered by the Jacob & Co. calibre JCCAA03, a movement composed of 528 components. The tourbillon assembly consists of 68 components, while the unique second time zone display consists of 163 components. The balance beats 28,800 times per hour, and the movement provides a healthy 48-hour power reserve. As expected, the movement is decorated with all the Haute Horlogerie finishes that Jacob & Co. would expect, including chamfered bridges, polished jewelry sinks, and sandblasted finishes.
The new Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon will be available in three variants. All will feature 18k rose gold cases, but the most expensive version – the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon Baguette – will be set with 79 baguette diamonds totaling 8.13 carats. This version will also feature 25 baguette diamonds totalling 0.85 carats on the black lacquered dial. The Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon Baguette will feature a total of 104 white baguette diamonds for a total carat of 8.98 carats.
Some people may not immediately associate Jacob & Co. with haute horlogerie, but that doesn’t change the brand’s responsibility for some of the most eccentric, boldest, and indeed most expensive watches you can buy today. The most recent one is called Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar we are going to introduce today. Again, this isn’t the first time we’ve had the chance to take care of an Astronomia watch. The Astronomia watches we’ve had the chance to use in the past are the Astronomia Clarity & Black, but the new Astronomia Solar is even more over the top. We’ll get into the gap later, so let’s start with the instance first. The case layout remains largely unchanged. 18k rose gold has been used to create a rough outline, with the space in between being filled with sapphires, giving owners a sweeping view of the movement within them. This Jacob & Co. Astronomia Solar has a case diameter of 44.5mm, which is a bit smaller than other Astronomia watches. The case is 21mm thick, and yes, that’s not a typo. That’s because the case itself needs to be quite large to accommodate the fantastic three-dimensional movement, and it’s a crystal-clear domed sapphire. Don’t expect it to slip under the top wing, rest assured everyone will notice it on your wrist – of course, you already know that.
For others who prefer something more discrete, the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon is also available in two regular versions without the gorgeous diamonds. Another difference is the dial. While both will have anthracite opalescent dials – on one, the dial will be finished in a honeycomb pattern; the other will be adorned with the names of major world cities. high quality watches