Jacob & Co’s new rainbow Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin tourbillon watch brings all the butterflies to the yard and no-ones complaining.
Fresh off the back of the recent Bugatti Chiron tourbillon watch release, Manhattan-based watch-making jewelers Jacob & Co have now delivered something special for their more feminine clients, namely the Rainbow Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin watch.
Making its debut in 2014, Jacob & Co’s Astronomia triple-axis flying tourbillon movement has already been released in several variations but in 2019 was given a feminine twist in the form of the “Fleurs de Jardin” version.
Translated as “garden flowers” the timepiece is embellished with 11 tiny detailed gemstone flowers complete with a rotating 18K rose gold butterfly, but this is the first time the Fleurs de Jardin timepiece has been offered with a rainbow gradient of gemstones.
Speaking on the original concept of the Fleurs de Jardin, Jacob & Co founder Jacob Arabo said, “As we continue to attract more female customers, and more women express increased interest in high watchmaking, I decided to do something that was specifically designed for women. I envisioned something that was complicated mechanically and integrated high jewelry elements, and the Fleurs de Jardin, in development for more than a year, is the result. The structure on top—the flying tourbillon, the time display, and the frame carrying the gemstone flowers—rotates clockwise in 10 minutes, like our iconic Astronomia, but the gemstone flower-set mother of pearl dial underneath turns counter-clockwise, while the inner sapphire-set ring turns clockwise. Having everything spinning and turning makes this timepiece extremely complicated, but it is all in service of the watch’s incredible aesthetic.”
Designed to “recreate a garden on your wrist”, the rainbow edition of the Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin features 40 individual sapphires set into the 18K rose gold bezel and an additional 48 sapphires adorning the inner ring. Perched atop of the tourbillon movement is a 288-facet Jacob-cut grass-green colored tsavorite gemstone, which along with the time display and the surrounding upper-level multicolor sapphire “flowers” all rotate around the dial clockwise while at the bottom of the movement, the gemstone flowers set on a mother-of-pearl base all that rotate counter-clockwise.
Limited to 101 pieces, no prices for the Jacob & Co Rainbow Astronomia Fleurs de Jardin version have been revealed, however previous limited editions have retailed for US$360,000 and upwards.
Caliber: Exclusive Manufacture Jacob & Co. Manual Winding JCAM31
Diameter: 34.55mm Height: 16.50mm Components: 444 Material: Titanium
Functions: Hours and Minutes
System: Vertical Movement with 3 Arms, Full Revolution in 10 min around a Central Axis
• Flying Tourbillon Cage in 60 seconds
• Hours and Minutes Dial, Patented Differential Gears System℗ allows to keep the 12/6 O’clock position
Feature: tsavorite Jacob cut® (288 facets – 0.81 ct) on top of the movement;
Feature: Frame carrying 11 Flowers with Kite Shaped Multicolored Sapphires.
Feature: Mother-of-Pearl base with 46 Rainbow Sapphires (~1.05cts) rotates counter-clockwise 360 degrees in 10 minutes.
Power Reserve: 48 Hours
Frequency: 28’800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Finishing: Plate and Bridges: Sand-blasted and Angled; Geartrain: Circular Graining, Polished
Sink; Polished Screws; Barrel: Circular Graining; Flat Balance Spring
Material: 18K Rose Gold
Case Back: 18K Rose Gold
Case Band: Single-Piece Sapphire Crystal
Bezel: 18K Rose Gold and 40 Rainbow Sapphires (~3.7cts)
Inner Ring: 48 Rainbow Sapphires (~1.31cts)
Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via two 18K Rose Gold bows
Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with double Anti-Reflective Treatment
Water resistance: 30m (3atm)
Dial: Mother-of-Pearl and Titanium PVD Rose Gold
Hands: Gold Plated
STRAP & CLASP
Strap: Satin or Alligator
Clasp: 18K Rose Gold, Butterfly shaped clasp with 44 Rainbow Sapphires (~0.76 cts)