Jacob & Co. are well known for their high horology timepieces that feature grand compilations. That said, the brand also makes some intriguing theme-based watches, and the new Jacob & Co Gotham City watch is a testimony to it. Featuring twin tourbillons packed inside a DLC coated Titanium case, this new watch pays a tribute to popular DC Comics superhero Batman.
Batman is a creature of the night, and to reciprocate the dark theme of the character, the entire watch is dressed in black. Starting with the dial, what you have here is a deep black onyx base, which is carved in the shape of the bat emblem. Surrounding the dial is a yellow Neoralithe outline which provides an excellent contrast to the black background and glows blue in the dark echoing the bat signal. The sword hands and sharp angular markers comprise the hour index and have been presented in solid red gold or black onyx. Placed between 5 o’clock and 7 o’clock are two circular cutouts that house the two triple-axis tourbillons. At the 6 o’clock position is a triangular power reserve display.
The Batman theme continues on the large 45.5mm case that is crafted from either lightweight Titanium or 18k polished rose gold. The multifaceted muscular lugs are inspired by several Batman design features such as his vehicle and mask. The crown at 3 features a bat emblem and is covered with a rubber grip that resembles the tires of the bat-mobile. Flipping the watch reveals a closed case back that has been decorated with a signature batman drawing which is picked from a 2003 Batman episode.
Powering the watch is the brand’s in-house caliber JCFM10 that comprises two high-speed tourbillons. The movement operates at 3 Hz and offers an autonomy of around 48 hours when fully wound.
Jacob & Co. has dropped its first watches in partnership with Warner Bros and DC, two “Gotham City” twin, triple-axis flying tourbillons starring Batman himself.
The two Jacob & Co Gotham City watch are presented with either 18K rose gold – representing Bruce Wayne – or black DLC-coated titanium – representing his Dark Knight alter ego – 45.5mm cases in limited edition runs of 36-pieces each.
The Jacob & Co Gotham City watch include subtle nods to the comic book vigilante, including multi-faceted lugs taken from the batsuit and a rubber crown insert with tyre tracks taken from the batmobile.
The Batman symbol on the dial has been cut from a single slab of Onyx and is framed with a yellow rim of Neoralithe translucent resin imbued with Super-LumiNova, while its hour markers are attached to the outside rim of the dial, giving them the appearance of floating.
Both watches offer different approaches to their caseback. The rose gold model features a single rose gold bridge in the shape of the Batman symbol, revealing the movement’s twin barrels and tourbillons, while the titanium model features a closed caseback with an illustration of Batman laser-etched onto the underside of a sapphire crystal pane, which has been infilled with black lacquer sitting against a yellow background.
Jacob & Co has already produced film-based tie-ins, including both Godfather and Scarface-themed Opera musical watches.