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Astronomia Octopus

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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.

High Watchmaking Serving High Art

Graceful, flexibility, creativity, intelligence, unpredictability - these traits are all attributed to the Octopus, which is too often seen as a monster from the sea. The Astronomia Art Octopus combines an intricate titanium sculpture with sophisticated miniature painting. The resulting work of art, placed on top of the Astronomia Tourbillon four satellite structure, is a triumph of artistry.

The sculpture itself takes at least three months to create, then the miniature painters get to work, working their magic with tiny brushes and special paints, bringing the Octopus to life.

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Astronomia Octopus Video

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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.

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 60 seconds.

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THE MAGNESIUM GLOBE

The globe is made of 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 Octopus'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, 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 time display sub-dial of the Astronomia Octopus 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.

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Technical Specifications

Item Number: AT120.40.OU.UA.BBALA

Movement:
Caliber: Manufacture Jacob&Co. Manual Winding JCAM29
Diameter: 41.65mm
Height: 17.15mm (without octopus)
Components: 384
Material: Titanium; 5N gears
Power Reserve: 60-Hours
Frequency: 21'600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Jewels: 42
Shock Protection System: Incabloc
Functions: Hours and Minutes
System: Vertical Movement with 4 Arms
• Gravitational Double Axis Tourbillon, 1st Cage rotating in 60 sec and
2nd Cage in 5 min
• Exclusive Jacob cut® White Diamond (288 Facets; 1ct) rotating on
itself in 30 sec
• Hand-painted and Lacquered Titanium Octopus
• Magnesium Blue Lacquered Globe rotating on itself in 30 sec

Case:
Diameter: 50mm
Height: 25.45mm
Material: 18K Rose Gold; Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective
Treatment
Case Back: Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment
Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via lift-out rotating bows on caseback
Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment
Water resistance: 30m (3 atm)

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

Strap & Clasp:
Strap: Alligator
Clasp: 18K Rose Gold deployment buckle

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