Jacob & Co. isn’t precisely recognized for subtlety. So it’s no shock that its newest high-end watch, a subversive nod to probably the most common board video games in historical past, brings numerous coloration and motion to the wrist.
This week, the New York-based jeweler launched a collaborative timepiece with famend graffiti artist Alec Monopoly, recognized for his graphic sendups of the board sport in his nom de plume. The exuberantly animated watch, referred to as the Astronomia Alec Monopoly, options brightly renditions of the sport’s central character, Mr. Monopoly, manifested as different popular culture icons and set off in opposition to a black dial embellished to appear like a starry evening sky. The watch is housed in an 18-karat gold case with a curved sapphire crystal dome and 4 home windows on its facet—permitting for a full view of the artistry inside.
The watch, like different items within the Astronomia line, incorporates a four-arm vertical motion powered partially by a tourbillon complication. On one arm you’ll discover a hand-lacquered magnesium globe that rotates each 60 seconds; reverse this, there’s a 1-carat diamond within the jeweler’s unique spherical Jacob reduce that spins on the similar velocity. The double-axis tourbillon stands reverse the time show. Beneath all of it, the watch is powered by the jeweler’s handbook winding JCAM10, which boasts a 60-hour energy reserve.
The artist drew every of the 4 characters housed contained in the watch, which later turned CAD renderings that have been tailor-made to suit inside the watch’s case with out disrupting its Astronomia motion and problems. The characters have been then hand-sculpted, forged in gold and hand-finished.
“I really like the juxtaposition of my youthful cartoon characters, dropped at life with brilliant and vivid colours in a timeless watch with beautiful problems,” the artist shared in a press release.
“I’ve been creating the characters I built-in into the look ahead to years now,” he mentioned. “You’ll be able to see variations of reinterpretations of them in my work and sculptures. It’s so thrilling to see them come to life on such a small however vital scale.”
The value is important, too. events who can spare the $600,000 asking worth can discover extra details about the watch on the jeweler’s web site.