Jacob is no stranger to horological extroversion, of course; when you have, as we did at one point in our meeting, $3.3 million worth of watches on a tray and it’s two watches, you know you are not in Kansas any more. But despite the incredible variety of jewelry watches, it’s also mechanical complications that have set tongues wagging in years past –the SF24 Split Flap GMT timepiece as well as the Quenttin 31 Day Tourbillon are both clear evidence that Jacob & Co. intends to be taken seriously for complicated watchmaking as well.
The Astronomia Tourbillon, however, raises the bar considerably. It’s not the largest watch we saw at BaselWorld, but it’s close –at 47mm in diameter and 18mm from the base of the movement to the top of the fishbowl-like sapphire crystal. It seems even larger thanks to its proportions. Much of the height of the watch is the sapphire crystal itself, which houses a four-armed carrousel. On the end of each arm are a display for the hours and minutes; a white gold globe representing the Earth, with the oceans represented in blue flinqué enamel; a 1 karat briolette cut diamond opposite it, representing the moon; and finally, a triple axis tourbillon.
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