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Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Tourbillon

Jacob & Co.’s latest chronograph timepiece is the charismatic blue crown on top of the Epic X collection. Share

The Epic X Chrono Tourbillon is housed in a full titanium case. Caseband, bezel, caseback and crown guards are made of the ultra light metal. It’s been satin-finished in directions following the general shape of each component: circular for the bezel, horizontal for the pusher guards, and in two directions for the lugs.

The metal has also been coated in blue thanks to a PVD surface treatment. Hard and scratch-proof to begin with, its properties have been enhanced by this coating whose role goes way beyond aesthetics.

Hints of the Epic’s design matrix are clearly visible. The claw-shaped lugs align with vertical bars on the translucent blue dial, creating the original X motif that gave the Epic X its name. These lugs are steeply inclined in order to seamlessly anchor the case on the wrist. A necessary precaution so this 47 mm timepiece fit the largest variety of arm-sizes possible.

Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Tourbillon

Thanks to this design feature, the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon is able to sit on and stick to the smaller arms among the watch community. As a result, the overall impression of breadth and volume is not that of a 47 mm case. The sloped bezel and smaller aperture of the dial create the impression of a more diminutive timepiece.

Yet the idea behind this new addition to the Epic X collection is not to be shy, as is never the goal in a Jacob & Co. design. But being assertive and bold doesn’t preclude ergonomics, on the contrary. Therefore, the form and function of the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon go way beyond what meets the eye. For instance, a PVD blue coating on titanium makes it harder to wear and scratch. Yet this benefit comes second to the impression the shade itself leaves.

Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Tourbillon

The shade of blue chosen for the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon is not a flashy, electric, nor a deep dark one, but rather a pleasingly light and refreshing tone, accentuated by a number of white secondary elements. The crown and pushers are carved in white ceramic, as are the side-inlays on each lug. The hands, both from the main and secondary dials, are skeletonized and white. And so is the rubber strap with a central honeycomb motif which is another throwback to the original Epic X design.

More than meets the eye again with the white, inner rotating minute track. Activated by the screw-down crown located at 10 o’clock, it allows the countdown of events, which is a complement to their chronographic timing. It also has a secondary, unexpected and discreet advantage.

Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Tourbillon

Added to the fact that the titanium case is waterproof to 200 meters, it can be used as a protected, rotating bezel, making the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon a fully functional diving watch. This includes the last ten minutes on the minute ring being painted black, a useful feature for divers as it indicates their oxygen is about to run low.

Self-winding calibre JCAA09 is a brand new and exclusive Jacob & Co. movement. This column-wheel, two-pushers chronograph comes in a bi-compax format, with a 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock. It comes as a complement to a Jacob & Co. one-minute flying tourbillon. With no upper bridge, the tourbillon cage sits at the same level as the sapphire and mineral glass dial.

This creates a continuous effect that contributes to the seamless integration of this tourbillon in the piece’s overall design. In the shape of a crescent, with an openworked structure, the upper side of the cage answers to a typical Jacob & Co. design, which also has the benefit of being light, a prerequisite on any Jacob & Co. tourbillon.

Jacob & Co. Epic X Chrono Tourbillon

Calibre JCAA09 has been finished with a care worthy of a haute horlogerie movement. The movement bridges are polished, the mainplate is circular-grained, and the column wheel has been angled, polished and horizontal-grained. The main bridges of the calibre benefit from an exclusive decoration pattern. Inspired by the large X bars on the dial, it unites front and back in a single pattern spirit.

The openworked anthracite rotor bears a “Jacob & Co Genève” red lacquered engraving. Its shape is typical of the Epic X Chronographs series, and so is the colored mineral glass covering the back. It’s the exact same hue as the dial, and covered with a sapphire crystal for final protection and sealing.

Epic X Chrono Tourbillon is more than the sum of its numerous details. It’s a statement of watchmaking acumen, functionality and style, executed in a unique colorway, the Jacob way.

Guide Price: $120,000

Technical Specifications

Movement

  • Caliber: Self-Winding, Jacob&Co JCAA09, Semi-Skeleton, Column Wheel, Bi-Compax Chronograph
  • Diameter: 33.20 mm
  • Height: 8.50 mm
  • Components: 278
  • Functions: Hours, Minutes, Small-Seconds at 9 o’clock; Chronograph with 30- Minute Counter at 3 o’clock; Flying Tourbillon at 6 o’clock; Rotating Inner Bezel Ring Timer.
  • Power Reserve: 48 Hours
  • Frequency: 28’800 vph (4 Hz)
  • Jewels: 29
  • Finishing: Engraved Movement Bridges; Open Barrel; Column-Wheel finishes: Angled, Polished and Drawn; Anthracite Rotor with Red Lacquered Engraving “Jacob & Co Genève”, Circular-Grained Mainplate.

Case

  • Diameter: 47 mm
  • Height: 14 mm
  • Components: 61
  • Material: Titanium with Blue PVD Coating; White Ceramic Lug-inlays, Pushers and Crown
  • Case Back: Sapphire Glass and Blue Mineral Crystal
  • Crystal: Sapphire with Anti-Reflective Treatment
  • Water resistance: 200 m (660 ft)

Dial & Hands

  • Dial: Blue Mineral Crystal; Satin-Finished White Aluminium Inner Ring
  • Hands: Openworked, White, Red-tipped ; Red Chronograph Hand

Strap & Clasp

  • Strap: Rubber with Honeycomb Openworked Pattern
  • Clasp: Titanium Deployment Clasp
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