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Astronomia Art India

STORY

When the Astronomia Tourbillon was introduced in 2014, the re-invention of the tourbillon in a vertical orientation and the constant turning of its four satellites garnered most of the attention.

What led to the development of the Astronomia Art Collection, however, is the incredible sapphire crystal and precious metal case, which puts everything on display.

So, the idea was to develop special works of art to put inside the Astronomia Tourbillon, using its massive sapphire crystal case as a gallery, while still showcasing the incredible Astronomia tourbillon movement. The brand started with dragons, octopi, spiders, horses and more. Incredibly successful, Jacob & Co. has expanded the Astronomia Tourbillon Art Collection every year since.

India is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. What better way to honor this country than by wearing the one-of-a-kind Astronomia Art India, a tribute to the culture and majesty that is India? Four hand-engraved and hand-painted buildings grace the dial of the double-axis tourbillon movement of the pièce unique Astronomia Art India

India is one of the most fascinating places on Earth. What better way to honor this country than by wearing the one-of-a-kind Astronomia Art India, a tribute to the culture and majesty that is India? Four hand-engraved and hand-painted buildings grace the dial of the double-axis tourbillon movement of the pièce unique Astronomia Art India.

HIGH WATCHMAKING SERVING HIGH ART

The Astronomia Tourbillon India pièce unique, features four 3-D hand-engraved and hand-painted iconic Indian monuments on an aventurine base: the Taj Mahal, the Lotus Temple, the India Gate and the Qutb Minar.

Métier d 'Art

These four monuments are hand-engraved and hand-painted by traditional métier d'art artisans. Many hours of hand work go into these miniature works of art. They are, in turn, set into an aventurine base, a beautiful glass that looks like a starry sky.

THE TOURBILLON

The tourbillon is widely considered the ultimate complication, as it turns and spins to counter the effects of gravity on the precision of the movement. For the Astronomia Collection, Jacob & Co. has taken the tourbillon one step farther, introducing additional axes in which the tourbillon turns. For this Astronomia Art, the tourbillon is double-axis - turning in two axes: one in 60 seconds and the second in 2.5 minutes. The sculptures block the movement from making its normal tour around the dial.

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FOUR SCULPTURES

These four buildings are hand-engraved and hand-painted by traditional métiers d'art artisans. Many hours of hand work go into these miniature works of art. They are, in turn, set into an aventurine base, a beautiful glass that looks like a starry sky.

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The Taj Mahal

India's most iconic monument, the Taj Mahal in Agra was completed in 1643 and was built to house the tomb of Mumtaz Mahal, the wife of the Mughal emperor Shah Jahan. Shah Jahan's tomb is also inside.

The Lotus Temple

Located in New Delhi, the flower-shaped building is a Baháʼí House of Worship. 27 free-standing buildings shaped like petals of the Lotus flower form the nine-sided temple.

The India Gate

A war memorial, the India Gate in New Delhi honors the 70,000 British Indian Army who died in the First World War and the third Anglo-Afghan War.

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The Qutb Mina

A minaret and Victory Tower in New Delhi, the Qutb Minar is the tallest minaret in the world built of bricks. Elaborately decorated with geometric patterns and inscriptions, construction started in 1199, then added to over the centuries.

CUSTOMIZATION

Customization and bespoke work has been the foundation of Jacob & Co. since the beginning and continues to this day. The brand has created a number of Astronomia Art pieces - Dragons, Spiders, Octopi, Horses, Tigers, world cities and more. Visit any Jacob & Co. point of sale or contact the brand directly to inquire.

The Astronomia Art Collection has become an icon within the brand and collectors look to Jacob & Co. to see what's coming next. The Astronomia Art is a showcase of Jacob & Co.'s commitment to using traditional métiers d'art in a modern way.

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Astronomia Art India Video

THE JACOB-CUT DIAMOND

Jacob & Co. has been on the forefront of using precious stones since its founding in 1986, and has developed a number of special cuts and setting techniques. For the Astronomia Tourbillon, the brand developed the 288-facet Jacob-cut diamond. This special cut can be accomplished by only a select few gem cutters, and the rough stone typically starts out double the size of the finished diamond. The facets have to be incredibly precise so the diamond is perfectly symmetrical and round. In the Astronomia Art, the one carat Jacob-cut diamond rotates on itself in 30 seconds.

THE MAGNESIUM GLOBE

The globe is made of blue-lacquered magnesium to ensure consistency in weight, as all four satellites have to weight exactly the same. The globe rotates on itself in 30 seconds.

CASE & CRYSTAL

The Astronomia Art 's case measures 50 millimeters in diameter and 25 millimeters thick between the highest point of its specially curved front sapphire crystal and the lowest point of its case. Crafted from 18K white gold, the case features four sapphire crystal windows installed throughout the periphery, allowing for unhindered viewing of the spectacular caliber and the artwork inside.

DIAL & HANDS

The Roman numerals on the skeletonized dial are hand-engraved and filled with black lacquer, while the hand-finished hands appear in gun blue metallic.

AT A GLANCE:

3-D 18K hand-engraved iconic Indian monuments

Iconic gravitational double-axis tourbillon.

288-facet Jacob-cut diamond turning in 30 seconds.

Magnesium globe turning in 30 seconds.

Domed and curved, anti-reflective sapphire crystal.

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Technical Specifications

Item Number: AT102.40.AA.UB.A

Movement: Caliber: Manufacture Jacob&Co. Manual Winding JCAM25; Diameter: 41.65mm; Height: 17.15mm; Material: Titanium; Components: 384; Power Reserve: 60-Hours; Frequency: 21'600 vib/h (3 Hz); Jewels: 42; Finishing: Plate and Bridges: Hand Angled and Polished, Flank Draw, Circular Graining, Polished Sink, One Sapphire Bridge; Polished Screws; Barrel: Circular Graining; Pinions: Conical Pinions; 4 Mechanical Ball Bearing Devices; Flat Balance Spring; Functions: Hours and Minutes.

System: Vertical Movement with 4 Arms

• Double Axis Tourbillon, 1st Cage rotating in 60 sec and 2nd Cage in 5 min

• 1 Carat Exclusive Jacob cut® Diamond: 288 Facets, rotating on itself in 60 sec

• Magnesium Blue Lacquered Globe, rotating on itself in 60 sec

• Hours and Minutes Dial

• 3D Hand-engraved and Hand-painted Indian buildings (Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, India Gate and Qutb Minar) on aventurine base.

Case: Diameter: 50mm; Height: 25mm; Material: 18K Rose Gold; Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment; Case Back: 18K Rose Gold; Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via 18K Rose Gold lift-out rotating "bows" at case back; Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment; Water resistance: 30m (3atm).

Dial & Hands: Dial: Titanium, Hand Angled and Polished, Lacquered Indexes; Hands: Blued Jacob&Co designed hands

Strap & Clasp: Strap: Alligator; Clasp: 18K Rose Gold Folding Buckle

Limited Edition: Pièce Unique

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