Jacob & Co is no stranger to audacity and pushing the limits. This year, the company celebrates 30 years in the luxury business. The founder Jacob Arabo began in 1986 with jewelry and a passion for watchmaking. Jacob & Co became a watchmaking maison in 2002. And in 2014, we saw a prototype of the Astronomia‘s movement which we reported here. And this year, they announced a new version. Also being announced this year is the equally audacious Twin Turbo, with twin twiple axis tourbillons and a minute repeater.
Jacob Arabo: founder and visionary
Jacob Arabo, founder and CEO is a self made man. He arrived in the USA at the age of 14 and started working as a jeweler’s apprentice. At 17, he opened his own workshop, supported by a more established partner who provided him with credibility to seek finance and clients. As a manufacturer, he made jewelry for other brands, and soon began creating his own jewelry collection and opened his own flagship store in New York, where it is still in operation today.
Their foray into watchmaking began in 2002, with a quartz Five Time Zone watch. A rather gaudy looking watch in brightly colored dials, and a very large case. He opened the first watchmaking workshop in Geneva in 2012. As early as 2005, Jacob & Co drew attention with its first mechanical watch, the Quenttin, a watch with a 31 day power reserve and a vertical tourbillon. This Lange 31, also with 31 day power reserve was launched in 2007. We first saw the Gravitational Triple Axes Astronomia tourbillon in 2014, and became available soon after.
The Jacob & Co Astronomia Sky Celestial Panorama Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillon
The visual impact of seeing the photograph/computer rendering of this watch gave us goosebumps. The 2014 Astronomia Gravitational Triple Axis Tourbillon was already an extremely complicated watch. The new Astronomia Sky takes the challenge even further. Adding to the list of complications a sidereal display in a 3 dimensional display combined with an oval sky indicator with 24 hour day and night display.
We are looking forward to spending quality time with this watch, having been invited to preview it early in Basel. And will bring you our usual high resolution photographs, our analysis and full review soon.
At time of press, no price has been set yet.
The Jacob & Co Twin Turbo Twin Triple Axis Tourbillon Minute Repeater
The second watch to be launched this year is yet another amazingly complicated timepiece. To mark their 30th year, Jacob & Co is launching a sports Grande Complication.
A world premiere, twin triple axis tourbillons and a minute repeater. As if not enough to have a triple axis tourbillon, Jacob & Co went on with the audacity to include two triple axis tourbillons in a single movement. Through a poising system (Press Release language, which we are guessing means the use of a differential system), the tourbillons maintain a consistent rate set at 40 seconds, 3 minutes and 4 minutes per sycle and turn symmetrically at the same pace. Must be a visual spectacle like no other.
The repeater system uses a catheral gong system and is a digital repeater, meaning that it strikes the hour, the 10 minutes (instead of the traditional 15 minutes) and the minutes. This is possibly the fourth repeater to use this decimal striking system. The first was probably the Voutilainen Decimal Repeater, and the others being the Credor Minute Repeater and the Lange Zeitwerk Minute Repeater.
We heard the Jacob & Co minute repeater earlier in 2014, and were amazed with the tonal quality and the power of the strikes. So we are imagining how the Twin Turbo might sound like.
The Jacob & Co trademark of audacity is then stamped on the sporty design. The watch not only looks sporty with a case in titanium and carbon, but is also inspired by automotive design.
We are also looking forward to spending our time with this magnificent timepiece in Basel. Currently, retail price is set at CHF 360,000 before taxes.