Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000 Watch Releases

Last year in 2014, Jacob & Co. debuted a very interesting watch with an extravagant movement they called the Astronomia Tourbillon (debuted here). I didn't get a chance to personally see the piece when they debuted it, and I am not sure if the original Astronomia Tourbillon case style (check the link above) was even actually delivered, since according to these new 2015 Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon pictures, there is a totally new case design. The sheer complexity of the movement in the watch requires a lot of tweaking to make it work and years of effort. For 2015, however, it looks like the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon is back with a new case design as well as a very much "Jacob & Co." version called the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette that comes with a lot of diamonds.

Below, you can see a video from last year of the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon in action. Much of the movement is placed on a series of four arms that rotate around the entire dial each 20 minutes. Those arms also move to create other actions such as keeping the dial to indicate the time in the proper orientation, as well as operating the tourbillon. Taken together, the entire ballet of gear work in the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon is almost hard to believe. More so, as much as you may like or be ambivalent to what Jacob & Co. produces, you have to give it to them that they understand showmanship is an important part of the luxury watch industry.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000 Watch Releases

Compared to the large sapphire crystal bubble dome over the initial Astronomia design, this new 2015 case makes a bit more sense. We are still looking at computer renders, but I am confident that the smaller pieces of sapphire crystal (which are now divided into a series of windows and one large one over the top) with the additional metal makes for a more plausible, wearable design. According to the brand, the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon is 50mm wide and 25mm thick. The case is in 18k rose gold, and there is a version with and without diamonds.

Notice the lack of crowns or pushers on the case? The movement is actually set and would via two "bow-style" fold out crowns on the rear of the case. The movement, which is, of course, the most interesting element of the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon, is the exclusive to Jacob & Co. caliber JCEM01, with 48 hours of power reserve and a tourbillon that operates at 2.5Hz. Surprisingly, the movement is produced from just 235 parts - which seems very efficient given the complexity of the concept.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000 Watch Releases

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000 Watch Releases

Technically, because the tourbillon moves around the entire dial each 20 minutes, it is a triple axis tourbillon. The other axis is the normal spinning you see from a tourbillon cage, as well as being spun in its connection arm. It sits opposite the dial for telling the time to help balance out the weight. The other two arms have a small hand-painted titanium representation of earth, and its opposite arm has a rotating disco ball that makes one full rotation each 60 seconds.

Really, disco ball? Well, that is what I am calling it. Jacob & Co. claims that the spherically cut diamond uses an exclusive cutting process debuted by Jacob & Co to cut a diamond with 288 facets. This round diamond is supposed to represent the moon - which makes me wonder what "night life" would be like on your planet if our moon was actually a large disco ball too. While the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon movement looks and sort of feels like it offers astronomical complications - it really only does so in concept. This is really a movement made for viewing pleasure, versus strict functionality - and in that, it succeeds.

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000 Watch Releases

Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Watch For $1,015,000 Watch Releases

If the "standard" Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon isn't enough, you can opt for the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette, which replaces the watch face's night/space sky with baguette-cut diamonds. The diamonds are invisibly-set on the dial and lugs, totaling 342 stones weighting 16 carats. While I personally can't see myself as a buying customer of a Jacob & Co. Astronomia the fact that there might be a few people out there who can enjoy this sort of wrist-worn mechanical entertainment delights me. Once again, Jacob & Co. set out to shock, amuse, and please... which is exactly what I feel that Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon is all about. Price for the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon (without diamonds) is 540,000 Swiss Francs (right now about $548,000) and price for the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette is 1,000,000 Swiss Francs (right now about $1,015,000). jacobandco.com

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What do you think?
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  • iamcalledryan

    Bananas!! I love it, but at 25mm thick this should be on a desk not a wrist.

  • IanE

    Fun, but!  Has the new version got the Earth’s rotation the right way round?

  • Brian Kaas

    Lose the bling and this watch would be extraordinary!

  • Naeem Khokhar

    extraordinary beauty

  • thornwood36

    IanE

    Depends how you look at it

  • I_G

    Only a million? This is for low ballers.

  • What no date? Cancel my order.

  • thornwood36 IanE Nope – it was wrong so matter which way you look at it. But if they just “stuck” the earth via the south pole instead of the north pole it would be fine. I’ll bet this version get is wrong also as the earth globe is still attached via the north pole and I doubt they made the axle it spins upon rotate the opposite way this time. Cheers.

  • IanE

    thornwood36 IanE 
    Well – I suppose so  …  if the clock is travelling backwards in time: but that seems pretty paradoxical!

  • Ulysses31

    It looks amazing in motion, but the aesthetic is not for me.  Also, it reminds me of that weird engine from “Event Horizon” so it’s a little disturbing while also being awesome.  Perhaps it’s just my browser or something, but for the last few months whenever I go full-screen with an embedded video on ABTW it always loads up in a split-screen, with the video on the left half of the screen and the usual page on the right.  Viewed directly from Youtube it behaves normally.  Anyone else have that?

  • SwissMatic

    Imagine knocking this into the refrigerator door while getting a beer…

  • nathanaizy

    EnjoytheSadness oh my sweet Jesus, I can’t feel my legs U0001f62c

  • EnjoytheSadness

    nathanaizy that’s an insane movement. Can’t wait to see the finished 2015 model.

  • Aran Nerwan

    Sean Krishnani breathtaking

  • SwissMatic Frasier just has his driver Vlad bring him a beer (he uses that bracelet to so indicate his need for a brew: http://www.ablogtowatch.com/christophe-co-armill-150000-self-powering-smart-bracelet-designed-pininfarina-upgradeable-tech/
    So no worries for him except that now Fraiser has to double wrist it (bracelet and this watch)

  • Ulysses31 Nope, videos are fine in my browser (Firefox). You need to upgrade from that coal powered browser.

  • Ulysses31

    MarkCarson Ulysses31 I’m using Chrome 37.

  • iamcalledryan

    Wow, who invited the facebook guys?

  • Larry Cannon

    When you turn it upsidedown and shake, it snows.

  • Wyatt Lee

    masterpiece 😀 Sylvain Dury

  • Ulysses31 I started Chrome (on Windows 7) just now. Updated to version 41, then watched the video in this post full screen. Everything was fine for me. Not sure if you are having a bandwidth issue somewhere along the pipe from ABTW to sunny England.

  • DangerussArt

    Hoo boy! That’s sumthin!

  • notech47

    When I see a mechanical device like this, I think of it as a trinket for a bored sheik and that it was built by someone that wants to be his exclusive royal jeweler.

  • Igor Gleyzer

    Amazing

  • Enough with the renders already, let’s see a damn watch. I actually had largely positive comments about this last time we spoke about it, but 2 articles on the same watch and no actual images of it? C’mon Jacob, step it up.

  • Ulysses31

    MarkCarson Ulysses31 Must be some setting gone awry then.  I use Chrome to develop too, so performing a reset will probably fix it.

  • bnabod

    With integrated disco ball…love it

  • Shawnnny

    Yeah, what’s up with that? They could have made it look like the moon, instead of a disco ball. I wouldn’t wear it for that reason.

  • iamcalledryan

    Yes I vote ABTW puts in place a policy not to report on computer images of future watches.

  • spiceballs

    iamcalledryan   – –  or in a museum?

  • spiceballs

    Would be mesmerizing to view in action.  A bit delicate for a wrist mounting, but amazing on a desk, assuming you had a desk (or even a house) worth it?

  • bichondaddy

    Well…I am here reading this article while eating my 10 chicken nuggets that I got to read the article on the $17 million dollar Jacob & Co watch!  They’re quite tasty when dunked in some honey mustard sauce!  The watch….awesome looking…but who purchases these watches and doesn’t have an angry wife asking them what in the hell they were thinking about….?????

  • spiceballs

    bichondaddy  best you don’t read the next one about the J&C $18M watch then, you might choke  – – ?

  • moofee

    One million dollars and they can’t have the earth rotate in the correct direction? Still, a beautiful machine; so beautiful that even if it weren’t very accurate it wouldn’t matter. It’s not for telling time (a $10 Casio can do that better), it’s just to look at.

  • I wonder how a solar eclipse would be like if the moon were a giant diamond sphere with 288 facets.

    As for a watch at this price, does it come with a dozen of Fabergé eggs as well?

  • SuperX7

    moofee Totally agree. Would love to see it in person though, its completely astonishing..

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  • Norm Dill

    To be honest it would be better as a clock in opinion

  • Jose Lopez
  • Jose Lopez

    Awesome piece of arts