Jacob & Co. Opera God Father

The Opera masterpiece from Jacob & Co. integrates The Godfather film’s iconic music, the logo of the film and even a miniature Godfather figure, hand-engraved and hand-painted, into this extraordinary timepiece.

Introduced last year, the Opera musical timepiece combines two traditional Swiss crafts: a mechanical music box boasting two cylinders and combs and an exclusive Jacob & Co. JCFM02 manual-winding caliber. This breakthrough timepiece was challenging for the brand’s engineers and watchmakers, and as a result the Opera was in development for more than two years.

In this highly complicated timepiece, the two cylinders and combs are mounted on the movement and rotate around the dial each time they play the iconic theme from The Godfather. This works together with the triple-axis tourbillon and the hour and minute dial.

The making of music boxes has been a traditional Swiss craft for hundreds of years. In the Opera Musical Watch, Jacob & Co. has combined this artisanal work with high watchmaking for the very first time. The watch is able to play the haunting 120-note melody never-before-heard in a musical watch.

Using a sophisticated one-piece sapphire crystal that encircles the whole timepiece, the mechanics of the Opera are put on display for all to see, at the same time allowing the movement to deliver the purest sound.

A central flywheel drives the two cylinders, which was a real challenge for the watchmakers, due to the weight of the cylinders. A pusher located at two o’clock activates the rotation of the entire movement and simultaneously plays The Godfather melody. Each note is played as the tiny pins on the cylinder make contact with the individual teeth of the comb. As the cylinders turn to play the melody, the entire assembly on which they are fixed, including the triple axis tourbillon and the hour and minute dial, rotates 120 degrees around the dial.

The tourbillon rotates around its inner cage once in 40 seconds, while its intermediate cage rotates in three minutes and its outer cage in eight minutes.

Finally, in order to display the time with 12 o’clock always in its correct position, a patented differential gear system is used; the dial turns counter clockwise, while the hands keep time.

The manually wound caliber JCFM02 has been developed specifcally for this complication, using titanium for excellent sound. The movement, which is made up of 650 components, fits into a diameter of just 43mm.Jacob & Co. Regardless of whether or not the melody is playing, the triple axis tourbillon dances its round-the-clock mechanical ballet.

Jacob & Co. has the exclusive rights, awarded by Paramount, to use The Godfather logo and music in the amazing Opera timepiece.

Technical details

Model: OPERA GOD FATHER (18K Rose Gold and Sapphire)
Reference: OP110.40.AG.AB.A

Movement
Caliber: Exclusive Manufacture Jacob&Co Manual-Winding JCFM04
Diameter: 43mm; Height: 17.2mm; Weight: 38g
Material: Steel, brass, platinum and titanium
Components: 658
Functions: Subsidiary hour and minute dial
Triple-axis gravitational tourbillon (97 components; 1.79g):
• 1st Axis Flying: in 24 seconds
• 2nd Axis Flying: in 8 seconds
• 3rd Axis Flying: in 30 seconds
Godfather Melody activated by pusher at 2 o’clock: rotation of two cylinders against 2 combs (36 teeth in total) playing a melody of 120 notes, decorated by Black PVD and
18K Rose Gold Godfather plate, black lacquered piano and
Miniature Godfather at the center of the movement; Movement rotation of 120° in 30 seconds
Power Reserve: 50-Hours
Frequency: 21’600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Jewels: 58
System: Triple Axis Tourbillon, Music Box with Double Combs
Finishing: Bridges and plates: Shot-blasted and Black PVD finish;
Barrels: Circular graining; Cylinders: Rose Gold Plated; Screws: Angled
Bevel and Mirror Polished

Case
Diameter: 47mm; Height: 20mm
Material: 18K Rose Gold and Sapphire; Case Back: 18K Rose Gold
Bows: Time-Setting via 18K Rose Gold Gold lift-out rotating Bows at case back;
Winding by 18K Rose
Gold Guitar Crank-handle at 3 O’clock
Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment
Water resistance: 30m

Dial
Black Mat Polish and 18K Rose Gold Applique Index
Hands: Blue Finish

Strap
Black Alligator Leather; Clasp: 18K Rose Gold Folding

Limited Edition
88 Pieces

Model: OPERA GOD FATHER (Black DLC Grade 5 Titanium and Sapphire)
Reference: OP110.21.AG.AB.A

Movement
Caliber: Exclusive Manufacture Jacob&Co Manual-Winding JCFM04
Diameter: 43mm; Height: 17.2mm; Weight: 38g
Material: Steel, brass, platinum and titanium
Components: 658
Functions: Subsidiary hour and minute dial
Triple-axis gravitational tourbillon
(97 components; 1.79g):
• 1st Axis Flying: in 24 seconds
• 2nd Axis Flying: in 8 seconds
• 3rd Axis Flying: in 30 seconds
Godfather Melody activated by pusher at 2 o’clock: rotation of two cylinders against 2 combs (36 teeth in total) playing a melody of 120 notes, decorated by Black PVD and
18K Rose Gold Godfather plate, black lacquered piano and Miniature Godfather at the center of the movement; Movement rotation of 120° in 30 seconds
Power Reserve: 50-Hours
Frequency: 21’600 vib/h (3 Hz)
Jewels: 58
System: Triple Axis Tourbillon, Music Box with Double Combs
Finishing: Bridges and plates: Shot-blasted and Black PVD finish;
Barrels: Circular graining; Cylinders: Rose Gold Plated; Screws: Angled
Bevel and Mirror Polished

Case
Diameter: 47mm; Height: 20mm
Material: Black DLC Grade 5 Titanium and Sapphire; Case Back: Black DLC Grade 5 Titanium and 18K Rose Gold Bows: Time-Setting via 18K Rose Gold Gold lift-out rotating Bows at case back; Crown: Winding by 18K Rose Gold Violin Crank-handle at 3 O’clock
Crystal: Unique Domed Sapphire with Double Anti-Reflective Treatment
Water resistance: 30m

Dial
Black Mat Polish and 18K Rose Gold Applique Index
Hands: Blue Finish

Strap
Black Alligator Leather; Clasp: 18K Rose Gold Folding

Limited Edition
88 Pieces

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