Jacob & Co. has always been known for their revolutionary and artistic watches. They have released many extravagant designs, with custom mechanisms and parts that help them stand out from the crowd. For a watchmaker that has only been on the scene for about 16 years, they have already proven that their designs will stand the test of time. One of the most recent offerings from Jacob & Co. is the Astronomia Tourbillon Clarity Octopus. While it may not appeal to everyone due to its unique design, those who would like it are bound to truly love it. So, without further ado, let’s take a closer look at this new offering from Jacob & Co.
This watch features a hand-crafted pink gold case, which holds up several viewing windows and the main domed crystal. Each clear part of the watch is made of sapphire, and all are coated with anti-reflective material. This watch is bigger than an average watch, coming in at 50mm in diameter and 25mm of thickness. It also has no visible crown, and almost looks like the mechanism is suspended within sapphire alone. This revolutionary design provides a pretty cool aesthetic effect that draws one’s attention to the amazing interior of the watch.
This case is also water-resistant to 30 meters. Even if it gets accidentally submerged for a brief moment, it should not be ruined. This is a good thing – this watch comes in at a rather high price, which we will discuss later in the article.
The Dial, Hands, and Mechanism
The first thing you will notice when you look at the watch is the 3D octopus suspended within. It has tentacles that stretch all across the entire watch, and has a cool custom design. This is the main focal piece of the watch, and has been hand-engraved and lacquered. The octopus features a diamond that emerges from the right side. This round diamond rotates every 60 seconds on two axes. Plus, it is a Jacob cut – which means 288 sparkling facets. It really sticks out, and weighs about one carat.
Because this watch is in the Astronomia line, it also features planetary movements. The Earth is a globe that also rotates every 60 seconds on both vertical and horizontal axes. It is lacquered with magnesium and is located directly to the left of the time dial. The time dial makes use of four roman numeral markers, and has an hour and a minute hand. They have both been coated with a nice blue color that both stands out from the octopus and provides easy readability.
All of these moving parts require a significant amount of energy to maintain. This watch makes use of a revolutionary triple-axis tourbillon mechanism as well, which only increases the energy needed. Jacob & Co. managed to pull it off – the watch has a 60-hour power reserve, which means less winding and more admiring. Another plus to this watch is that you can see the mechanism in action. Simply flip it over, and there is a sapphire crystal caseback so that you can observe all of the gears in motion. You will have a lot of appreciation for the craftsmen at Jacob & Co. after you do.
The strap on the Jacob & Co. Astronomia Tourbillon Clarity Octopus sets off the effect of the entire watch. It is made out of blue alligator skin, and provides an excellent juxtaposition to the coloration within the watch itself. It very closely matches the blues of the earth and the spots on the octopus. Plus, it has a secure folding buckle to hold the watch in place on your wrist. Another feature that the strap has is a quick-release spring bar system. In case you don’t like the included strap, this can be used to easily change the strap to another type. For example, you might decide to use a different color if you don’t want to be quite as flashy.
The Price and Verdict
The price of this watch is enough to make most people balk. It comes in at nearly a million dollars – you read that right – or precisely $944,000. That being said, it will be a collector’s piece for sure and is unlikely to lose its value. If anything, it will gain value as it grows older (if you keep it in good condition). Overall, if you are an affluent watch collector this might be the one for you. The million-dollar price tag doesn’t mean a lot when the watch in question is more artwork than anything else. All-in-all, the Astronomia Tourbillon Clarity Octopus is a pretty cool watch.