Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia Everest Timepiece That Comes With A Piece Of The World’s Tallest Mountain Inside It
Jacob & Co. creates revolutionary timepieces and exquisite jewelry that have captivated celebrities and notables from the watchmaking world and dazzled on fashion’s red carpets and cover shoots. With a special talent for creating designs that are as innovative as they are spectacular, the company has grown into one of the most recognized luxury brands in timepieces and jewelry.
Jacob & Co. created the Astronomia Everest Watch that was worn by Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson on a recent expedition to the Himalayas. The 51-year-old Swedish explorer has climbed the Seven Summits, visited 172 countries and some of the most remote places on Earth. He is known as an “environmental explorer” because of his interest in environment and climate-related issues. Announcing a partnership with Nilson, Jacob & Co. found a great occasion to create a new version of the Astronomia, with the idea of highlighting the need to protect our planet.
To celebrate the earth and underscore its fragility, the Astronomia Everest features miniature, transparent buckets of actual water collected by Nilson at both the North and South Poles. You can actually see the water sloshing inside the buckets, clearly indicated “North Pole” and “South Pole,” when you move your watch. Mounted in the center of the timepiece is a stunning piece of rock from Mt. Everest, the world’s tallest mountain itself, which Nilson took with his own two hands.
To facilitate legibility at night, this is the very first Astronomia to feature Super-LumiNova on the hands; the constellations on the base dial, the turning globe, the Jacob & Co. logo on the side of the base dial, and even on the strap. So, whether you are at Mt. Everest base camp or coming home from an elegant soirée, you can now read your timepiece at night.
The box made for this special timepiece matches its complexity, as it is shaped like Mount Everest itself, complete with a line indicating the ascent. When you open the box and the Astronomia Everest appears to be imbedded in ice, and a speaker plays the sound of the Everest wind, recorded live on the mountain.
Features of Astronomia Everest Watch:
· A 1-carat Jacob-cut diamond (or black sapphire, depending on the version) rotating on itself in 60 sec
· A magnesium lacquered Earth globe with luminescent oceans, rotating on itself in 60 sec
· An openwork dial providing an orbital display of the hours and minutes and featuring the captions Everest, North and South
· Finally, a tourbillon rotating on two axes in 60 seconds and 5 minutes respectively (plus a third central-axis in 20 minutes), which orchestrates this captivating ballet
These 12 pieces limited masterpiece is priced at US$884,800 actually features a piece of Mount Everest Rock on top of the movement and two containers with water from North Pole and South Pole, in the dial. Included in the purchase of the watch are two elements. First, 10% of the price will be donated to charity to help make a difference. Second, each watch includes an expedition with Nilson, by helicopter, to the place on Mount Everest where the rock was found.