Showmanship and extraordinary mechanics are the operative phrases at Jacob & Co. the place watches are reworked into items of efficiency artwork. Famend for its exuberant and polarising items, nothing is simply too far-fetched at Jacob & Co. How a few decimal minute repeater in a sapphire crystal case or, for that matter, a music field that performs the tune of The Godfather? Or maybe a customized model of the uber-complex Astronomia with characters made by Alec Monopoly and even an automaton with a derrick pump? Nevertheless, there are occasions in life when a Jacob & Co. devotee may need one thing a little bit sportier, rather less costly however nonetheless oozing with character. The reply is the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon, Jacob & Co.’s interpretation of the high-end sports activities watch introduced in a pretty mild blue titanium case with white accents. Outfitted with a complicated column-wheel chronograph and a one-minute flying tourbillon, the watch is surprisingly resilient and might even accompany you on a dive.
Mild blue and white
The Epic X assortment, as its identify signifies, makes use of the letter X as a design motif stretching from the claw-shaped lugs and traversing the dial with double vertical bars. As a Jacob & Co. creation, the formidable structure of the 47mm titanium case is given a metallic blue PVD floor therapy with a modern satin ending. The signature lugs attain out from the sloped bezel and dip at an angle to hug the white rubber strap. The steep incline of the lugs is a design function that makes the watch appropriate for a wider vary of wrist sizes, though the 14mm case top and jutting pushers and angular lugs give it a daring XL Jacob & Co. visible presence.
The outsized titanium pusher guards for the chronograph on the fitting are balanced by the protruding components on the left aspect of the case. Contrasting with the sunshine blue titanium case are the white ceramic chronograph pushers with crimson markings indicating Begin/Cease and Reset. Each crowns, one at 10 o’clock and the opposite at 3 o’clock, are additionally ceramic, as are the inlays on the perimeters of the lugs.
The screw-down crown at 10 o’clock gives further performance and works as a countdown timer in tandem with the internal rotating minute monitor on the dial. However, mixed with the spectacular 200m water-resistance of the case, the black 10-minute internal part of the aluminium rotating minutes monitor may also be used as a dive bezel, making this virtually a purposeful diver’s watch. I say ‘virtually’ as a result of there isn’t any lume, and it is likely to be arduous to learn the dive bezel underwater.
Framed by the huge sloping bezel and the inclined rotating minute monitor, the blue mineral glass dial is comparatively small. The dial of the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon is traversed by the thick double bars to type the X, that are additionally mild blue to match the case. With its bi-compax structure, the 2 mild blue counters with white markings – operating seconds at 9 and 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock – are positioned horizontally throughout the centre of the dial and simply above the aperture for the one-minute flying tourbillon at 6 o’clock. To boost the viewing pleasure of the tourbillon, there isn’t any higher bridge, and the crescent-shaped openworked cage is ready on the similar stage because the dial, creating an impact of continuity.
Skeletonised arms with crimson suggestions point out the hours and minutes, whereas the central chronograph hand is crimson, as are the small crimson inlays within the arms similar to the 2 sub-dials.
Powered by the automated JCAA09 chronograph calibre, the motion is properly completed and will be seen beneath the blue mineral glass that’s, in flip, protected by a sapphire crystal. Taking the X motif of the dial to the motion, the polished bridges are additionally X-shaped. The anthracite rotor is openworked and has a crimson lacquered engraving of ‘Jacob & Co. Genève’. The motion beats at a frequency of 4Hz and delivers an influence reserve of 48 hours.
Availability & Value
The watch is delivered with a white rubber strap with an aerated honeycomb sample and a titanium deployment clasp. The primary 99 items of the Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Tourbillon will probably be produced on this summery blue and white color scheme; whether or not there will probably be future variations in numerous colors stays to be seen. The retail worth is USD 120,000.
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