By Roberta Naas / Atimelyperspective.com
It was just about two years ago that adventurer Nilson took an Astronomia Tourbillon watch with him while climbing the Himalayas. He climbed 6,200 meters and the watch continued to work despite minus-30-degree temperatures and the high altitudes. Now, Nilson – also a keen environmentalist – works with Jacob & Co. for the Astronomia Everest watch that incorporates elements from Nilson’s three most-accomplished expeditions: a trek to the North Pole, to the South Pole and his Mt. Everest climb.
As mentioned, there is a shard of a rock that Nilson collected from Mt. Everest in each watch. Additionally, there are two clear capsules that emulate buckets that Nilson used to collect water at each of the poles. Water from the poles is actually inside each of the capsules in an effort to celebrate Earth and its fragile environments.
The watch, which retails for $884,800 — reflecting the height of Mt. Everest (8,848 meters), is also an incredibly complicated timepiece. Based on the brand’s beloved Astronomia Sky Tourbillon watch, the timepiece boasts a double-axis gravitational tourbillon on one of four satellites. The other three satellites feature a one-carat 288-faceted Jacob-cut diamond, a constantly rotating magnesium globe and the hour/minute dial.
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