Watchmakers are known to create Indian-inspired watches sporadically. Amongst the many timepieces with this theme are Cartier’s 2008 Santos 100 with the Taj Mahal depicted on the dial; Panerai’s 2013 Luminor and Radiomir watches with the Gateway of India engraved on the caseback; and Piaget’s 2014 Mythical Journey Collection on whose dials were engraved the Lake Palace from Udaipur, elephants, and even a peacock. 2014 also saw the launch of Jacob & Co.’s Astronomia Art India watch, which featured the India Gate, Taj Mahal, Lotus Temple, and the Qutub Minar, in 3D. Now the brand has introduced the Jacob & Co. Epic X India Edition, which carries forward the theme of iconic monuments. The new skeletal watch features four monuments in 2D flattened versions, crafted in titanium, this time with the Gateway of India replacing the Lotus Temple.
First launched in 2015, the Jacob & Co. Epic X has a signature skeletonised or “open-worked” dial visible through both sides of the watch, with symmetrical plaques. The new 44mm watch is crafted in titanium and capped with the transparent and robust sapphire crystal on both sides of the dial. The bezel is brushed and satin-polished with lugs extending to form an X.
Along with the monuments of India, one can see the brand’s in-house manual-winding JCAM02 calibre beating at 4Hz, decorated with Clous de Paris guilloché, sandblasted textures, perlage, and vertical graining. The movement offers a power reserve of 48 hours to the timepiece.
The case is flanked with a black rubber strap made distinctive with honeycomb-patterned perforations and completed with a titanium buckle. The watch is also water resistant up to 100 metres.
Limited to 11 pieces, it is priced at approx. ₹26,00,000.
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