The latest addition to Drake’s impressive watch collection wants to know your lucky number.
The rapper is well-acquainted with custom timepieces, but his new Jacob & Co. Astronomia Casino stands apart from the pack—and not just because of its $620,000 price tag. Inspired by one of the gambling world’s favorite games of chance, the watch showcases a fully functioning roulette wheel––complete with alternating red and black colorway––around the perimeter of its intricate face.
The casino-inspired timepiece is hand-crafted with a four-arm setup. The first sports a globe-shaped ceramic ball, the second holds the triple-axis tourbillon, the third contains the Roman numerals which designate the time and the crowning fourth has a 1-carat Jacob-cut white diamond. According to an official Instagram post from the brand, the gem turns over every 30 seconds to best take advantage of its 288 twinkling facets.
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Swiss Haute Horlogerie meets gaming. With the @jacobandco Astronomia Casino collection, the complicated Astronomia movement features a double-axis tourbillon, a magnesium lacquered globe and time display, all rotating around the dial in 10 minutes. Underneath is the working roulette table with ceramic ball, while on top is the 1ct 288-facet Jacob-cut diamond, which turns on itself in 30 seconds. . . . . . . . . . . . . #jacobandco #jacobandcowatches #hautehorlogerie #hautehorology #inspiredbytheimpossible
The watch’s 50mm case has a framework forged from 18K rose gold with sapphire apertures that allow for a largely clear body. Every element works in perpetual motion thanks to the oscillator at the heart of the three-axis tourbillon. This creates a beautiful display with all of its striking inner workings in full view fixed to a luxe, richly textured alligator strap. The proprietary Jacob & Co. manually wound movement provides a hearty 60 hours of power reserve to endure long stretches between windings. Only 88 pieces of the limited-edition design will ever be produced.
As striking as the watch is, it shouldn’t come as too much of a surprise. New York-based Jacob & Co. has built a reputation on imaginative designs inspired by anything and everything––even oil pumps. No one would be shocked if Drake, who has been known to enjoy a watch that pushes the design envelope, made a return trip before long. See his post with some behind-the-scenes photos below: