Jacob & Co. has created a unique edition of its Astronomia model: the Astronomia Octopus. Recognized as the most intelligent creatures on Earth, octopuses complete the world of watchmaking with their complex nature, their symmetrical composition and their captivating movements. The Astronomia Octopus model illustrates these natural synergies in a fanciful design, intertwining a hand-carved octopus composed of titanium in the Astronomia Collection’s iconic triple axial gravitational tourbillon.
The central part of the movement, where the octopus is screwed to the central axis so that it may revolve around the dial like all the other components, is too modified from the Astronomia collection’s prior models to accommodate the new gold-plated sculpture.
Like an octopus, the sculpture seems completely intertwined with the hand-wound JCAM16 caliber. Its tentacles wrap the Earth, the sun, the time and the triple-axis tourbillon – all apparently suspended in mid air inside the new full sapphire crystal case, where the only non-sapphire elements are the two bows on the back to wind the movement and set the time.
The sapphire components of the Astronomia Octopus take a staggering 37 weeks to produce and each component requires at least a dozen different operations in its production. This excludes the time it takes to engrave the piece and the octopus sculpture, as well as the time allocated to assemble and meticulously hand-finish the movements.
Not surprisingly, therefore, the Astronomia Octopus is presented as a unique piece. Only one lucky owner will get to enjoy this proof that Jacob & Co. relishes the challenge of turning its founder’s dreams – no matter how far-fetched – into reality.