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Hey, baby, lemme show you what time it is. :p :-d :p

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.

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I didn't read a great deal, looked at the pics. I can understand why you are enamored, but to each his/her own, which I know you agree with. They're lovely watches and the backside (the watch, not the gal) is ok, but if/when I spend that kind of money, it'll probably be something more traditional from the likes of ALS or PP or Dufour, etc. Thx for the interesting/entertaining post |> . . .
 
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Quite frankly, that price is ridiculous.
The movement looks fairly pedestrian considering the price, especially since it's based on a 7750.
It is a limited edition but I think for that price there are others I would get, not that I would spend that much on a watch.
But then I don't find the erotic nature so appealing which is the whole point of the watch.

There are other erotic timepieces that are more appealing imo.
 

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Quite frankly, that price is ridiculous.
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There are other erotic timepieces that are more appealing imo.
OK...enlighten me. Can you find a pic to post?
 

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That is horrid.
What? You don't like Haddaway? I know the song is old -- it's been at least 20 years since it was regular listening at beach parties and clubs - but it's not that bad.

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I like the watches a lot. I don't so much like that it seems there's no discrete way to wear them, which is a major point of appeal for the J&C.

They are gorgeous all the same, but they are also more than double the price of the J&C. Whereas I can consider spending $70K on the J&C, I'm not in a position to spend $150K+ on the Blancpain. I appreciate your sharing them; had no idea of their existence. It's nice to know they are out there when budget and whimsy coalesce to bring one my way. (FWIW, they are by request only.)

In truth, I had no idea that the J&C version had animation. I'd seen it on their site and knew it looked very "low key" in comparison to the rest of their offerings. But I love the look of the dial. I was expecting the watch to be more around $40K, not $70, but I can see why 70 now that I've held and watched one.

All the best.


EDIT: PICS removed from the quote at Faiz's request. Link inserted in their place

Blancpain is the king of erotic automatons;


http://leblogdesmontres.fr/wp-conten...aroussel-1.jpg

Despite the vulgarity they still come across as real works of art.
The level of finishing in the hand engraving is just incredible.
 

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I like the watches a lot. I don't so much like that it seems there's no discrete way to wear them, which is a major point of appeal for the J&C.

They are gorgeous all the same.
Sorry Tony I should've specified, these are all on the back of the watch.
And they are all made to your desire, I think they are significantly more expensive than the Jacob though.
 

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HMMMMMMMM..
 

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70k for an ordinary looking watch with nice hands. Are they mad? Don't tell me the movement is made of kryptonite and is powered by nuclear hamsters. And even then i'd question its price...
 

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If you are enamoured by the dial finish, wasn't there Ralph Laurent piece recently that came up that also had hand guilloched dial?

I also know that since we are talking about relatively not so special movement, if you are not really into erotic animation, Benzinger does engine turned dials at relatively affordable price.

EDIT: Maybe my comment was off topic. Anyways, I believe UN did some watches with more "tasteful" animated dials.
 

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Tony,

You need to add a NSFW tag to the title and to the post. Thank you.


Hey, baby, lemme show you what time it is. :p :-d :p

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.

Happy Whorology.
 
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THIS is what all the fuss was about? Really?!
 
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