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Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Orange Sapphires

Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette


The Astronomia is the epitome of 21st century ultra-high-end watchmaking and a globally recognized symbol of Jacob & Co watchmaking expertise. A world-first both in the boldness of its unprecedented concept and its entirely mechanical construction, the Astronomia has gone beyond impressive horological achievements and has been regarded as an outstanding multidisciplinary engineering achievement.

The Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette connects Astronomia with Jacob & Co's singular gem-setting know-how. It is a cinematic sculpture animated by its four-arm movement construction that rotates and floats through the sapphire and diamond-bound space inside its spectacular case. A grand total of 342 invisibly set, baguette-cut diamonds adorn the dial's backdrop, while 80 invisibly set, baguette-cut diamonds make up the lugs.

Full of unparalleled watchmaking solutions and adorned with exceptional gems and gem-setting techniques, the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette perpetuates Jacob & Co's outstanding reputation in the field of haute horlogerie and haute joaillerie.

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Exclusive Astronomia Caliber

The four arms of the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette carry the triple-axis tourbillon timekeeping organ of the watch, the magnesium globe in hand-painted blue for a spectacular representation of Planet Earth, the exclusive Jacob-Cut® 1-carat spherical diamond with 288 facets, and the differential-leveled, skeletonized time display. This four-arm assembly completes a rotation around the center of the watch and over a spectacular backdrop in 20 minutes. Another astounding feature of the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette is how each pair of opposing arms are perfectly calculated counterweights of one another - a testament to peerless materials engineering and watch movement design. By having equal weights on these opposing arms, its axles are relieved from strain or increased pull, as the movement takes up different orientations in space.

Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Triple-Axis Tourbillon

Triple-Axis Tourbillon

Whereas the tourbillon was originally invented to be a single-axis, rotating cage to carry the regulating organ of a mechanical pocket watch for improved timekeeping performance, the Astronomia Tourbillon brings this 224-year-old invention to breathtaking levels of modern refinement and complexity.

The triple-axis tourbillon of the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette is at the forefront of ultra-high-end watchmaking: its delicately decorated cage encapsulates the balance wheel, hairspring, escape wheel and a number of other crucially important components. Characterized by this openworked cage, this constellation of superbly finished components rotates on three axes simultaneously. Following its hand-assembly and specialized fine-tuning procedures, the JCAM10 keeps accurate time throughout its 60-hour power reserve.

A full rotation on the 1st axis takes exactly 60 seconds, as a nod towards the traditional single-axis tourbillon. The 2nd axis of rotation requires 5 minutes to complete, while the 3rd axis of rotation is made possible by the 20-minute, four-arm rotating platform of the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette. This makes for a bold new look at how tourbillons can function, when engineered with cutting-edge, ultra-modern technologies and timeless horological heritage in mind.

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Serving as a spectacular backdrop for the four-satellite arm movement turning above is the base dial completely invisibly-set with 257 baguette-cut orange sapphires (≈10.40 ctw). This makes for a unique coming together of gem-cutting and gem-setting prowess and ultra-high-end watchmaking, as can only ever be experienced in a Jacob & Co creation.

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The Jacob-Cut diamond starts out as a much larger rough diamond. First, a rough diamond big enough has to be found, and the purity, clarity, and color has to be of the highest quality both inside and out, and there can be no inclusions. If they start to cut the diamond and find an inclusion, the entire piece will be ruined.

Next, the diamond is cut by machine into a round shape, close in size to the final diamond.

Then, the gem cutter shapes the stone by hand, cutting each individual facet (of 288). This has to be done slowly and carefully, as the stone has to be perfectly round and symmetrical. The danger is that the stone will become oblong and not round. To be used in the Astronomia Collection, the Jacob-cut diamond has to be completely round and weigh exactly as much as the other three satellites (time display, triple-axis tourbillon, magnesium globe).

During the process, if the gem cutter puts slightly too much pressure while adding the facets, too much of the diamond will be cut away, and the ball will end up smaller than the desired diameter. The cutting process takes at least two weeks of dedicated, painstaking work.

To make the final one-carat, Jacob-cut diamond with 288 facets, more than half of the initial rough diamond will be cut away.

The complexity of cutting the 288 facets by hand and making sure everything is symmetrical and the diamond is absolutely round, is what makes the Jacob & Co. diamond used in the Astronomia collection so special.

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The globe is made of blue-lacquered magnesium with white gold continents to ensure consistency in weight, as all four satellites have to weigh exactly the same. The globe rotates on itself in 60 seconds, while traveling around the dial in 10 minutes.

Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Case & Crystal

Case & Crystal

The Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette'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 Rose Gold, four sapphire crystal windows installed throughout its periphery to allow for the unhindered viewing of the spectacular caliber inside. The case of the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette is adorned with 80 invisibly set, baguette-cut diamonds in the side and top of the lugs, as a visual and technical extension of the gem-setting masterpiece that is the Diamond Layer Front Case.

Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Dial & Hands

Dial & Hands

The time display sub-dial of the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette is driven through an infinitesimal differential system that allows it to always remain in the correct, 12/6 position as it rotates together with the movement's four-armed platform across the front of the Astronomia. 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.


Iconic gravitational triple-axis tourbillon

50mm 18K rose gold and sapphire crystal case, with sapphire crystal back

All four satellites constantly turn around the dial in 20 minutes

288-facet Jacob-cut diamond turning in 60 seconds

Magnesium globe turning in 60 seconds

Unique differential always keeps the time display in the correct 12/6 orientation, no matter where it is the rotation

Domed and curved, anti-reflective sapphire crystal

Unique crown-less design; winding and setting lift-out bows on the case back

The lugs of the 18K rose gold and sapphire-case are invisibly hand-set with 80 baguette-cut white diamonds (≈ 6.10 ct.

The base dial is invisibly-set with 257 orange sapphires (≈ 10.20 ct.)

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Technical Specifications


MOVEMENT: Caliber: Manufacture Jacob&Co. Manual Winding JCAM18 Diameter: 40mm Height: 17.15mm Components: 365

FUNCTIONS: : Hours and Minutes System: Vertical Movement with 4 Arms, Full Revolution in 10 min around a Central Axis • Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillon, 1st Cage rotating in 60 sec and 2nd Cage in 2.5 min • 1 Carat Exclusive Jacob cut® Diamond (288 Facets), rotating on itself in 30 sec • Magnesium Blue Lacquered Globe, rotating on itself in 30 sec • Hours and Minutes Dial, Patented Differential Gears System℗ allows to keep the 12/6 O'clock position 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; Polished Screws; Barrel: Circular Graining; Pinions: Conical Pinions; 4 Mechanical Ball Bearing Devices; Flat Balance Spring

CASE: Diameter: 50mm Height: 25mm Material: 18K Rose Gold; Sapphire Apertures on Sides Case Back: 18K Rose Gold Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via 18K Rose Gold lift-out rotating "bows" at case back Ruby layer Front Case: 18K Rose Gold, 257 Orange Sapphires Invisibly Set (≈ 10.40 ct.) Lugs: 80 Baguettes White Diamonds Invisibly Set (≈ 6.10 ct.) Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Anti-Reflective Treatment Water resistance: 30m

DIAL & HANDS: Dial: Titanium, Polished and angled, Lacquered Indexes Hands: Blued Jacob&Co designed hands

STRAP & CLASP: Strap: Alligator Clasp: 18K Rose Gold Folding Buckle Invisibly Set with 18 Baguette White Diamonds (≈ 1.40 ct.)

TOTAL CARAT WEIGHT: 257 Baguette Orange Sapphires (≈ 10.40 ct.) and 102 Baguette White Diamonds (≈ 7.50 ct.)


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