The 51 year old Swedish explorer Johan Ernst Nilson, known as an “environmental explorer” because of his interest in environment and climate-related issues, was on his latest expedition to the Himalayas wearing the new 47mm Jacob and Co. Astronomia Everest Gravitational Double Axis Tourbillon.
This 12 pieces limited masterpiece 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.
Price: N/A but atleast $1,000,000.00 USD+
Watch reference: AT112.30.AA.AA.ABRUA
Introducing the Jacob and Co. Astronomia Everest
There’s no arguing that the Astronomia Tourbillon revolutionized watchmaking when it was introduced in 2014. But it’s not exactly considered an outdoorsman’s watch. That didn’t stop renowned Swedish explorer and adventure activist Johan Ernst Nilson from taking an Astronomia Tourbillon with him on his recent expedition to the Himalayas.
“I wore the regular Astronomia Tourbillon on my last climb to the Himalayas, where I went up to 6,200 meters (almost 20,000 feet), in -30 C degree, extreme conditions,” Nilson says. “I used the Astronomia on the climb in order to test it. You would think that such a complicated watch would be delicate and fragile, but it isn’t, and it performed perfectly in all conditions. I used it climbing up ice walls, with my ice ax, banging it against rock and ice and it held up extremely well.”
Nilson has climbed the Seven Summits (and many other peaks), visited 172 countries and some of the most remote places on Earth, and he is in the Guinness Book of World Records for his Three Poles Challenge Expedition. His travels and experiences have allowed him to see climate change and its consequences first hand, and now Nilson is an activist for change, leading people on expeditions and giving talks and making films about the environment. Customizing the Astronomia Everest Jacob & Co. is pleased to announce a partnership with Nilson, creating a new, exciting version of the brand’s iconic Astronomia, but this one with key elements celebrating the beauty of and highlighting the risks facing Planet Earth.
“Raising awareness about the dangers facing our planet is important,” says Jacob Arabo, founder of Jacob & Co.
“Working with well-known adventure activist Johan Ernst is a great way for our brand to get involved, and the new limited edition of the Astronomia Everest is really special.”
Based on the Astronomia Sky, the Astronomia Tourbillon Three Poles/Everest features Jacob & Co.’s iconic double axis gravitational tourbillon on one of four satellites, the others holding a turning, one-carat 288-facet Jacob-cut diamond, the time display, and a spinning magnesium globe. The partnership with Nilson joins the stable of collaborations that Jacob & Co. has with hyper sports car manufacture Bugatti, Universal Pictures, world football star Lionel Messi, Paramount Pictures, streetwear icon Supreme, design icon Virgil Abloh and Off White, and more.
Water, Rock and Luminosity
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 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 for this special timepiece matches its complexity, as it is shaped like Mount Everest itself, complete with
a line indicating the ascent. 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.
Included in the purchase of the watch are two key elements. One, 10% of the purchase price will be donated to
charity, helping to make a difference immediately.
“I want this special timepiece to help make a change in the world,” says Nilson. “The Astronomia is the only
watch I’ve ever had people ask me about while I am wearing it, so we will be starting conversations that hopefully
will lead to change. This special edition will spread the word about the fragility of our planet.”
“Having a portion of the proceeds of the sale go to charity was vital for us — we all have to take action if we are
going to make a difference,” adds Arabo.
On top of all this, each purchase includes an expedition with Nilson, by helicopter, to the place on Mount Everest
where the rock was found. In this way, the buyer and a plus one can feel first-hand what Nilson experiences, and
will see the need for further action.
The Astronomia Everest is limited to 24 pieces to match the 24 time zones of the Earth — 12 pieces with a black
Celestial Vault and 12 pieces with a blue Celestial Vault. Both Arabo and Nilson expect its reach to be much
greater than the lucky few who can own it.
“Everyone is attracted to the Astronomia, it’s so unique,” Nilson emphasizes. “If you add to that the story of the
two poles and Mt. Everest, people will be really drawn to it, and they will help spread the word.”
The price of this special timepiece-expedition-donation package is $884,800, to match the height of Mount
Everest, 8,848 meters.
About Jacob & Co.
“Inspired by the Impossible”
Founded by Jacob Arabo in 1986, 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 unique 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.
At the heart of the company is the passion, drive and creative force of Mr. Arabo. With a respect for traditional
craftsmanship and artistry and an ability to envision and realize exquisite jewelry and unique timepieces, he
makes the truly extraordinary a reality through the alchemy of edge and elegance.