Jacob&Co. presents the latest generation of its popular Epic X series.
Launched back in 2015, the original Epic X collection has played a major role in making Jacob & Co. a full-fledged watchmaking brand. Unveiled during the 2022 edition of the Geneva Watch Days, the redesigned Epic X is more sleeker and streamlined. Details abound where Jacob & Co. has subtly altered a shape, a surface, a line, to make the Epic X entirely up to date.
The first series of the new Epic X flaunt their bold 44-mm steel case, their 5-link, all-new steel bracelet, their X-shaped lugs and their vertically aligned skeleton movement with Clou de Paris-adorned bridges. A full rose gold version is also being released. They exhibit a new set of crown guards, a new lug design and introduce green, blue or black aluminum components that will lead to infinite possibilities.
The case measures 44 mm in diameter and 13.05 mm in thickness. The bracelet is an entirely new design, derived from the case’s unique angles and curves. Each in the 5-link rows is a polished and chamfered three-dimensional sculpture, with a half-octagon profile and a curved base. This and a careful study in articulation create an ideal fit on the wrist. Moreover, the Epic X remains available with its signature, honeycomb rubber strap.
Jacob & Co. is releasing three new Epic X versions: Steel case with blue aluminum parts on steel bracelet or black rubber strap, Rose gold case with green aluminum parts on rose gold bracelet or black rubber strap, and a Black DLC case with black details on rubber strap.
When released, the Epic X was also a uniquely designed piece. The X figure that gave the collection its name is to be found on its pairs of lugs. They’re interconnected through the vertical bridges of the skeleton movement, creating a continuous shape throughout the entire piece.
All of these distinctive features are preserved, and enhanced in the new series. The most obvious update to the design is the new shape of the case. The once stepped bezel is now smooth and polished, with a steeper angle. The X-shaped lugs are now full and flush, and begin slightly above the sapphire crystal. Their ends are more angular and more vertical, creating an even better fit for the strap.
The second most recognizable alteration is the caseband, extending far outside the case’s circle to create a set of crown guards. In between them, a redesigned crown exhibits a two-level, notched steel tip.
The new Epic X features several colorful components, crafted out of aluminum. Presently, Jacob & Co. is offering blue, green, and black color themes for this watch. Depending upon the version, any of these colors is applied to the flange, which also bears a redesigned typeface. The same shade appears on the satin-finished edges on the two vertical bridges, the body of the X.
Powering the Epic X watch is the Jacob & Co. Skeleton Caliber JCAM45, which features a wide barrel at 12 o’clock and the balance wheel at 6 o’clock.
The vertical bridges with the printed brand signature are moved at 12 o’clock. Open-worked, these structures feature the Clou de Paris (or Parisian hobnail) guilloché pattern made of square-base pyramids with polished faces.
The 5.9 mm-thick movement is open-worked to the extreme, a feature that is being masked by the full vertical bridges. It features a high-end balance wheel with regulating screws, almost flush with the dial.
The remaining, black-plated surfaces of the open-worked mainplate are finished with perlage (circular graining), sandblasting and vertical-graining.
A look at the movement’s back reveals the characteristic “Octopus” spring, a refined component with three extremely thin and elegantly curved blades. It acts as a pawl-spring and a setting-lever spring.
Model: Jacob & Co. Epic X
Caliber JCAM45, hand-wound, skeleton
Diameter: 14.25 mm
Height: 5.90 mm
Power Reserve: 48 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vib/h (4 Hz)
Vertically aligned skeleton structure
Dial-side balance wheel
Hours and minutes
Diameter: 44 mm
Height: 13.05 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Crown: Stainless steel with colored aluminum tube
Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment
Case Back: Sapphire
Water resistance: 50 m (5 atm)
Clous de Paris bridges with colored outline, colored aluminum flange with white minute track.
Hands: Bâton-shaped, openworked, red tip
Honeycomb rubber strap on pin buckle or 5-link stainless steel on steel deployment buckle
Numbered limited edition
26’000 USD with rubber strap
29’000 USD with steel bracelet