THE BIG BLUE
Jacob & Co.'s latest chronograph timepiece is the charismatic blue crown on top of the Epic X collection. The Epic X Chrono Tourbillon is housed in a titanium case 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. It's been satin-finished in directions following the shape of each component : circular for the bezel, horizontal for the pusher guards, and in two directions for the lugs. Hints of the Epic X'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.
The shade of blue chosen for the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon is neither 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 made of white ceramic, as are the side-inlays on each lug. The hands, both from the main and secondary dials, are skeletonized and white. So is the rubber strap with a central honeycomb motif, which is another throwback to the original Epic X design.
The inner ring is driven by its own crown, and can therefore be used as a protected rotating bezel. Added to the fact that the titanium case is waterproof to 200 meters, this makes the Epic X Chrono Tourbillon a fully functional diving watch. This includes the last ten minutes on the minute ring being painted deep blue, 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 complements the 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. The continuous, flush effect 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 is a typical Jacob & Co. design.