Jacob & Co. presents a limited edition Opera watch to mark the 50th anniversary of The Godfather, the classic movie that won 3-time Oscar and 5-time Golden Globe.
The Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary is a 50-piece limited series, a striking cinematic, graphic and musical recollection of Francis Ford Coppola’s cult classic. This haute-horlogerie creation in 18K white gold incorporates the brand’s emblematic triple-axis flying tourbillon and music box complication.
Only a handful of movies have had as deep and lasting an influence as The Godfather. The Opera Godfather series by Jacob & Co. has been designed and crafted as a tribute to the movie’s unique status in both popular and cinema culture.
The Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary incorporates thirteen greatest scenes, in the same narrative order as in the movie. This graphic synopsis is laser-etched onto the white gold case with an unprecedented level of vividness and quality.
The piece also features the movie’s thirteen most famous quotes, some of which are firmly anchored in popular culture, the most famous being “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
This 50-piece limited series is housed in a 49-mm white gold case whose sides are decorated with thirteen emblematic scenes from the movie. Each scene is etched on the case using ground-breaking high-intensity, high-precision femtolaser technology that allows an unparalleled level of realism and vividness.
The etching process creates an almost imperceptible texture, so that just as you see the scene, you actually feel the frame from The Godfather‘s movie reel. Chief among them is the image of Don Vito Corleone, etched between the lugs at 6 o’clock.
In the middle of caliber JCFM04, The Godfather‘s emblematic red rose, rendered with incredible realism and quality, rests between the two musical barrels. They power the two-part music box mechanism that plays The Godfather‘s main theme, one of the foundational features of the collection.
In this instance, these barrels have been crafted out of solid rose gold, and each engraved with a total of thirteen cult quotes from the movie. The pieces that cover the blades which create the melody have also been designed especially for this limited edition. One, in the shape of a piano, bears the image of Don Corleone and the other the puppeteer’s strings from the original movie poster.
By incorporating a new set of literal symbols and key elements of the movie’s imagery into the Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary, Jacob & Co. delivers a unique concept. This horological masterpiece fuses the art of watchmaking with symbolism.
In watchmaking terms, the Opera Godfather is a triple-axis tourbillon watch with twin music boxes, complete with combs and barrels. They play The Godfather‘s main theme, composed by Nino Rota, from the movie’s score. As the music plays, the entire movement spins as if in a dance while the off-centered dial turns in the opposite direction so as to remain upright.
In symbolic terms, it celebrates certain artifacts from The Godfather which have become part of pop and cinematic culture: the rose Vito Corleone wears on his lapel at his daughter’s wedding; the puppeteer strings originally featured on Mario Puzo’s original novel cover, which later became the movie’s poster; Marlon Brando himself, featured on one of the piano covers.
Limited to 50 pieces, each Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary comes in its special wood case, lined with red velvet. It contains a crystal decanter with a high-resolution print of Marlon Brando and The Godfather main logo. It also contains an all-new version of The Godfather Pen, which is an integral part of the Jacob & Co. Godfather universe.
This black celluloid fountain pen features an ample rose resting at the top of the cap, rendered in red and green enamel.
Model: Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary
Caliber: exclusive manufacture Jacob&Co hand-wound JCFM04
Diameter: 43 mm
Height: 17.2 mm
Material: steel, brass, platinum and titanium
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 21’600 vph (3 Hz)
System: triple-axis flying tourbillon, music box with double comb
Bridges and plates shot-blasted and black-PVD
Barrels with circular graining
Screws: beveled and mirror-polished
Subsidiary hour and minute rotating dial with differential
Triple-axis flying tourbillon (97 components; 1.79g)
– 1st axis: rotation in 24 seconds
– 2nd axis: rotation in 48 seconds
– 3rd axis: rotation in 180 seconds
The Godfather main theme melody activated by pusher at 10 o’clock
Rotation of 2 cylinders against 2 combs (36 teeth in total) playing a melody of 120 notes
Miniature rose figurine at the center of the movement
Black-DLC pianos with rose gold decor
Movement rotation of 120° in 30 seconds
Diameter: 49 mm
Height: 20 mm
Material: 18K white gold
Case back: 18K white gold
Caseband: 18K white gold, laser-etched with 13 scenes from The Godfather
Time-setting: 18K rose gold bow on case back
Winding: 18K rose gold violin-shaped crank-handle
Crystal: domed sapphire with double anti-reflective treatment
Water resistance: 30 m (100ft/3 atm)
Dial: black mat polish and 18K rose gold applique Index
Hands: blued Jacob&Co designed hands
Black alligator leather strap with 18K rose gold folding clasp
2-year international warranty
Limited edition of 50 pieces in 18k white gold
500’000 USD (excluding taxes)