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Astronomia Three Monkeys

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See No Evil, Hear No Evil, Speak No Evil

The Three Monkeys who see no evil, hear no evil and speak no evil have been a part of world culture for many centuries. Now, Jacob & Co. immortalizes these sculptures in the new Astronomia Art Three Monkeys.

Inspired by Japanese philosophy, the hand-engraved 18K rose gold sculptures depict Mizaru, who covers his eyes, and sees no evil; Kikazaru, who covers his ears, and hears no evil; and Iwazaru, who covers his mouth, and speaks no evil.

The Three Wise Monkeys illustrate the idea of protecting yourself from evil in all forms.

The power of symbolism behind the Three Monkeys is so influential that it has been a guiding force for many, so much so that the Indian activist and politician Mahatma Gandhi's one notable exception to his possession-free life was a small statue of the Three Wise Monkeys.

The Tourbillon

The tourbillon is widely considered the ultimate complication, as it turns and spins to counter the effects of gravity on the precision of the movement. For the Astronomia Collection, Jacob & Co. has taken the tourbillon one step farther, introducing additional axes in which the tourbillon turns. For the Astronomia Art Three Monkeys, the tourbillon is double-axis - turning in two axes: one in 60 seconds and the second in 2.5 minutes. The dragon sculpture blocks the movement from making its normal tour around the dial.

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Three Wise Monkeys

The watch industry's finest artisans created the monkey figurines, each one different and painstakingly hand-sculpted from blocks of 18K rose gold. The work is laborious and takes many man-hours, but the result is both symbolic and realistic.

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Astronomia Three Monkeys Video

The Jacob-Cut Diamond

Jacob & Co. has been on the forefront of using precious stones since its founding in 1986, and has developed a number of special cuts and setting techniques. For the Astronomia Tourbillon, the brand developed the 288-facet Jacob-cut diamond. This special cut can be accomplished by only a select few gem cutters, and the rough stone typically starts out double the size of the finished diamond. The facets have to be incredibly precise so the diamond is perfectly symmetrical and round. In the Astronomia Art, the one carat Jacob-cut diamond rotates on itself in 30 seconds.

THE MAGNESIUM GLOBE

The globe is made of magnesium to ensure consistency in weight, as all four satellites have to weight exactly the same. The globe rotates on itself in 30seconds.

The Astronomia Art Collection has become an icon within the brand and collectors look to Jacob & Co. to see what's coming next. The pièce unique Astronomia Art Three Monkeys is a showcase of Jacob & Co.'s commitment to using traditional métiers d'art in a modern way.

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CASE & CRYSTAL

The Astronomia Art Three Monkey's case measures 50 millimeters in diameter and 25 millimeters thick between the highest point of its specially curved front sapphire crystal and the lowest point of its case. Crafted from 18K rose gold, the case features four sapphire crystal windows installed throughout the periphery, allowing for unhindered viewing of the spectacular caliber and the artwork inside.

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DIAL & HANDS

The Roman numerals on the skeletonized dial are hand-engraved and filled with black lacquer, while the hand-finished hands appear in gun blue metallic.

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At A Glance:

3-D 18K hand-engraved three wise monkeys

Iconic gravitational double-axis tourbillon

288-facet Jacob-cut diamond turning in 60 seconds

Magnesium globe turning in 30 seconds

Domed and curved, anti-reflective sapphire crystal

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Technical Specifications

ITEM NUMBER: AT102.40.AB.UA.ABALA

MOVEMENT: Caliber: Manufacture Jacob&Co. Manual Winding JCAM25; Diameter: 41.65mm; Height: 17.15mm; Material: Titanium; Components: 384; Functions: Hours and Minutes; Power Reserve: 60-Hours; Frequency: 21'600 vib/h (3 Hz); Jewels: 42; Finishing: Plate and Bridges: Hand Angled and Polished, Flank Draw, Circular Graining, Polished Sink, One Sapphire Bridge; Polished Screws; Barrel: Circular Graining; Pinions: Conical Pinions; 4 Mechanical Ball Bearing Devices; Flat Balance Spring.

SYSTEM: Vertical Movement with 4 Arms
• Double Axis Tourbillon, 1st Cage rotating in 60 sec and 2nd Cage in 5 min
• 1 Carat Exclusive Jacob cut® Diamond: 288 Facets, rotating on itself in 60 sec
• Magnesium Blue Lacquered Globe, rotating on itself in 60 sec
• Hours and Minutes Dial
• 18K Rose Gold Hand-engraved 3 Wise Monkeys on aventurine base.

CASE: Diameter: 50mm; Height: 25mm; Material: 18K Rose Gold; Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment; Case Back: 18K Rose Gold; Bows: Winding and Time-Setting via 18K Rose Gold lift-out rotating "bows" at case back; Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment; Water resistance: 30m (3 atm).

DIAL & HANDS: Dial: Titanium, Hand Angled and Polished, Lacquered Indexes; Hands: Blued Jacob&Co designed hands.

STRAP & CLASP: Strap: Alligator; Clasp: 18K Rose Gold Folding Buckle.

LIMITED EDITION: Piece Unique
Jacob & Co

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