With the Astronomia Solar, Jacob & Co. wanted to make a model of the solar system in a watch. In the middle of this dial is a sizable 1.5 carat Citrine crystal at a Jacob Cut that symbolizes sunlight. Jacob & Co. also utilizes three additional stones in amethyst, garnet, and smoked quartz to represent other planets. These planets all rotate along with the motion, making one rotation of the dial once every 10 minutes. The end result of all of these rotating components is stunning to behold and it does seem as though you have a miniature solar system spinning in your wrist.The motion that enables all this is in-house caliber JCAM19. Comprising of 444 parts, the movement is unique because it’s largely constructed out of titanium. Considering that the mainspring must induce so many rotating components, titanium is used to decrease the load on the mainspring. The tourbillon beats at 4Hz, and the JCAM19 has a power reserve of 48 hours. And the watch delivers a lot to look at and respect. Admittedly, it’s a modest over-the-top and purists will argue that the watch doesn’t have any real practical use. For example, the positions of these planets aren’t true, unlike, say, Van Cleef & Arpel’s Midnight Planetarium view, but in contrast to the Midnight Planetarium, the Astronomia Solar presents instant gratification in the method of its rapid turning bi-axial tourbillon and its dial, which is constantly changing positions and in movement. For a enjoyable watch which allows people around you instantly know how much you are worth, I can think of few watches more satisfactory for the job compared to Jacob & Co.. This restricted production Jacob & Co..
No matter your opinion on Jacob & Co., everyone can agree the brand is never boring. At Baselword 2013, Jacob & Co. raised eyebrows by releasing its Epic SF24 travel timer watch. A unique watch, to say the very least, it displayed the local time via a typical dial and time in a separate timezone at 12 o’clock using a special retro-style flip clock display like we might see used at airports. Now, three years on, we see the new Jacob & Co. SF24 Flying Tourbillon watch, as well as a diamond version.
Side note: there are also new Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Racing watches which are identical to the original Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 from three years ago, but differ in that they are offered in a range of red, green, and blue racing colors. The inner bezel, indexes, and case’s rubber inserts are all colored, which adds even more visual pizzazz to an already very interesting watch.
However, the star of this year’s new releases has got to be the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon watch. As its name suggest, the watch has a flying tourbillon and it’s located at 10 o’clock, adjacent to the main dial that displays the local time. At 12 o’clock is the second timezone display using what Jacob & Co. calls a Split Flip display. A press on the pusher on the side will allow owners to scroll through all 24 major timezones and marvel at the display as it flips in a way that is reminiscent of the flip board used at many airports around the world.
The watch is powered by the Jacob & Co. caliber JCCAA03 which consists of 528 components. The tourbillon assembly consists of 68 components, while the unique second time zone display consists of 163 components. The balance beats at 28,800 beats per hour, and the movement provides a healthy 48 hours of power reserve. And as expected, the movement is decorated with all the haute horology finishings that one has come to expect from Jacob & Co. including chamfered bridges, polished jewel sinks and sand-blasted finishing.
The new Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon will be offered in three variants. All will have 18k rose gold cases, but the priciest version – the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon Baguette – will feature 79 baguette diamonds totaling 8.13 carats fitted into the case. This version will also feature 25 baguette diamonds totaling 0.85 carats set into the black lacquered dial. In all, the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon Baguette will have 104 white baguette diamonds with a total carat count of 8.98.
Some people probably don’t immediately associate Jacob & Co. with haute horology, but that does not alter how the brand is responsible for some of the very eccentric, boldest, and indeed priciest, watches that you can purchase today. The most recent one is called the Jacob & Co.. Astronomia Solar which we’ll look at today.Again, this is not the first time we had the chance to take care of an Astronomia watch. The past Astronomia watches we had the chance to play around with were the Astronomia Clarity & Black, but the new Astronomia Solar is even more over-the-top. We’ll enter the gaps later, so let’s begin with the instance first.The case layout stays largely the same. 18k rose gold is utilized to form a rough outline and the spaces in between are filled with sapphire to give owners a unobstructed view of their movement inside. Case diameter of this Jacob & Co.. Astronomia Solar is 44.5mm, making it somewhat smaller than other Astronomia watches. Case thickness is 21mm, yeah, that’s not a typo. That is because the case itself needs to be quite large to accommodate the wonderful three-dimensional motion, also it’s a wildly domed sapphire crystal clear. Do not expect it to slide beneath a top wing, and rest assured that everyone will notice it on your wrist – but of course, you already knew that.
For others who prefer something more discrete, the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon is also offered in two regular versions without the flashy diamonds. The other difference lies in the dial. While both will have anthracite opaline dials – on one of them, the dial will be finished in a honeycomb pattern; the other will be decorated with the names of major cities around the world. This version of the Jacob & Co. Epic SF24 Flying Tourbillon will be limited to 101 pieces and will be priced at 190,000 CHF. The Diamond version will be limited to just 18 pieces and will be priced at 330,000 CHF. jacobandco.com