Hands-on The ultra-complex and luxurious Jacob & Co.’s Astronomy Casino
A serious attitude towards high-end watches.
One might think that the precision of a haute horology can never be in harmony with the uncertainty of a game of chance? Well, Jacob & Co. merged these two worlds into an unexpectedly complicated timepiece. It is equipped with a fully operable micro roulette for one of Astronomia’s versions; at the touch of a button, Astronomia Casino will show its playful side. The rest is still a demonstration of a watchmaking event.
In the past few years, Jacob & Co. has successfully created some of the craziest and most complex watches. Although the brand has launched more than one astronomical crazy iteration, the casino is undoubtedly the most unexpected. Like its siblings, the beast of this watch stands out with its impressive vertical movement and constantly moving planetary indicators.
In addition, it is equipped with a miniature practical roulette triggered by a button at 7 o’clock. Below the four satellite arms of the watch, the roulette slot is presented in black, red and green, with its center made of aventurine, while the miniature roulette ball is made of white ceramic.
However, the exercise that injects energy into this interesting and impressive high-end toy has nothing to do with chance. The Jacob & Co. JCAM29A vertical movement consists of 395 parts and is adjusted by a three-axis tourbillon. The tourbillon cage rotates on the first axis for 60 seconds and on the second axis for 2.5 minutes. In addition, the movement rotates on its own within 10 minutes. The other three arms of the movement have time indicators. A 288-faced diamond rotates in 60 seconds, and the magnesium blue lacquered globe also rotates in 60 seconds. Finally, the differential gear system allows the time display to remain upright at 12/6 o’clock regardless of its position around the dial.
This dramatic mechanical animation is presented under an impressive oversized sapphire dome, offering varying perspectives from different angles. On the wrist, 47 mm x 27.9 mm, the pink gold case of Astronomia Casino is simply huge. But naturally, this spectacular top-level watch will not be overlooked… On the contrary, swiss Jacob & Co. watches are clearly designed for the super-rich, who are not afraid to show off their toys. According to reports, rapper Drake and mixed martial arts champion Connor McGregor are the two famous owners of Astro Casino.
As with all Astronomia watches, turning the watch over will reveal two symmetrical upturn keys, which are flush with the rose gold case back. One is used to wind the movement and the other is used to set the time. Finally, the watch uses a crocodile leather strap with an 18k rose gold folding buckle fixed on the wrist.
Technical specifications – JACOB & CO. ASTRONOMIA CASINO Case: 47 mm diameter x 27.9 mm height-18K rose gold case, polished-domed sapphire crystal with A/R coating, front and strap-30-meter water resistance
Movement: Caliber JCAM29A-manual winding-41.40mm x 20.50mm-21,600vph (3Hz)-60 hours power reserve-42 jewels-395 parts-hours, minutes, three-axis tourbillon-vertical movement of 4 arms : 1 carat exclusive Jacob-cut diamonds, 288 facets, 60 seconds rotation-Magnesium blue lacquered sphere, 60 seconds rotation-hours and minutes dial-three-axis tourbillon, first axis rotation 60 seconds, second axis rotation 2.5 minutes, the third axis rotates within 10 minutes of the axis (central axis)-roulette animation on demand
Strap: Black alligator leather strap, 18k rose gold folding clasp