Hey, baby, lemme show you what time it is.
I went to ogle this watch during lunch today. It's refined. It's a non-manufacture watch I'd pay a lot for. It's elegant. More than anything, it's not like anything you'll find from another brand. IMO, the "movement" in this watch is unparalleled and a treat to see. About the only downside is that it's also expensive. ($70K)
In the words of the Watchonista:
In addition to the legitimacy lent to it by history, this is a totally fun and unconventional exercise, perfectly aligned with present-day mechanical watchmaking, which is purely dedicated for collection and entertainment.
A bit about J&C in case you are unfamiliar with them: (from the Watchonista)
Jacob & Co. and its founder, Jacob Arabo, are renowned for being the celebrities’ jeweller & watchmaker of choice, hailing from New York, and famous for their exceptional jeweled timepieces. But few people are aware that Jacob & Co. recently opened a new office in Plan-Les-Ouates. Located in the fortified house of Arare, a fortified edifice dating back to the Middle Ages (1371), and meant to be a defensive outpost to guard the then emerging Canton of Geneva.
Jacob& Co. presents one of his latest timepieces, the Caligula. The evocative name demands attention. For history enthusiasts, Caligula was a bloodthirsty Roman emperor whose reign, short-lived as it was, was renowned for both its violent and decadent streak. But for movie connoisseurs, Caligula evokes scenes where eroticism prevailed over bloodshed. Most notably the 1979 “Caligula” film by Italian filmmaker Tinto Brass, who is especially renowned for his work in the erotic genre. As the tale goes, while Tinto directed the erotic scenes by day, his producer Bob Guccione shot more crude scenes by night!
Like this iconic movie, you will see that this watch also suggests more versatile views. Indeed, Jacob & Co.’s Caligula relates to Brass’ work more than the violence epitomized by the historical tyrant. So, why? Let us tell you why…
First, this watch stands out from other Jacob & Co. timepieces, which typically feature angular shaped cases, geometric shapes, vibrant colours and are adorned with exquisite gems; moreover, the current Caligula model is presented without precious stones, a rare and rather unusual thing for Jacob & Co. With its smooth curves, its classical design and its highly conventional colour pattern (we’d expect pink gold and a slate color dial from Philippe Dufour, not from Jacob & Co.), this piece surprises.
Instead of vividly colored geometric shapes, the dial of the Caligula features a sober and yet elegant guilloché. Even more startling, the case is engraved with a fish net pattern, echoing that of the guilloché finish – which seems, at first glance, a little bit out of context; but there’s still more to be revealed… Examine the watch more closely, you will see it has two crowns and that the upper part of the dial is hollowed-out. By turning the lower crown, the dial rotates through three positions, each revealing 120° of the dial. While, the upper position only displays the Jacob & Co.’s logo, the median and lower positions are much more exciting.
The dial itself is exceptionally well executed, both in terms of style and technique; demonstrating Jacob & Co’s watchmaking expertise. This mastery is also prevalent in the overall theme: we'll come to that later, but let us first take a look at its movement. The calibre, manufactured by Concepto, is based on the Valjoux 7750, with more jewels and enlarged plates. The C03025 movement measures 35mm by 8.7mm and is fitted with 25 rubies. It boasts a 48h power reserve at 28’800 vph. It is however very difficult to identify the 7750 DNA, at first glance. Furthermore, the smoked sapphire on the case back and the high level finish on the calibre further modify its aspect… The C03025 can be compared to a combination of a top-level 7750 with the proportions of a Valgrange.
Now, I'll bet if you've made it this far, you're saying, yeah, yeah, yeah....blah, blah, blah...so what. Tony likes pricey stuff and mostly it's good looking stuff and here's another of his uber long, boring posts. But this one I think you'll like having read to the end. Here's the part that makes it worth it: Jacob & Co. The Most Erotic Watch Ever Created - YouTube
Watchonista pics here: Jacob & Co Caligula - Album | Watchonista
Full text of his review is here, but all I omitted was the editorial commentary toward the end of the review. I concur with his opinion, but I doubt most folks here care. Jacob & Co. Caligula: take a peek at what.