With The Batman taking in more than US $600 million worldwide, fans of the superhero will be happy to know that a select few can now enjoy a new limited-edition Gotham City timepiece from Jacob & Co. A first offering in a previously announced multi-year partnership with Warner Bros. Consumer Products and DC, Jacob & Co.’s newest superwatch is a 45.5mm piece fitted with a hyper complicated movement with twin, flying, sequential, high-speed, and triple-axis tourbillons.
A tribute to Batman’s crime-fighting tech and the glamorous lifestyle led by Bruce Wayne, the Gotham City watch is both a timepiece and metaphor – a piece of advanced watchmaking technology, and a symbolic capsule creation. Available in only 72 pieces, the Gotham City watch is released in two equal drops. While one set comes in black DLC titanium (a nod to Batman), the other comes in 18ct rose gold, taking inspiration from the superhero’s secret identity, Bruce Wayne.
Dark, angular, edgy, and muscular, this is a timepiece that echoes the strongest traits of its leading man down to the most minute details. Scratch resistant and as light as the Batwing, the casing of the watch brings together a unique combination of materials that grants it lightness, as well as hardness and resistance. Recalling Batman in all its details, the shape of the lugs is meant to resemble the Batsuit’s multifaceted design, while the crown comes covered with a rubber band shaped like the Batmobile’s tires. Meanwhile, the indices are black and as pointy and sharp as a batarang.
The central surface, which is the focal point of the Gotham City dial, is shaped like the Bat emblem. Cut into a slab of solid onyx and outlined by a contour made of Neoralithe, this composite is colored in a vibrant yellow, and contains SuperLumiNova. A nod to the Bat-Signal, it casts a shadow in the dark. Inside the case and under the dial comes Gotham City’s most visible feature: a pair of triple-axis tourbillons. One more ultimate feature: the architectural, technical, and design creatures shaped like the grapnel launcher that Batman uses to climb up the walls and roofs of Gotham City. An immense rose-gold bridge encompasses the entire diameter of calibre JCFM10, a highly advanced calibre with 382 components, for the most striking bat-bridge to the most complex tourbillons.
Originally published in the Spring/Summer 2022 issue of Vogue Man Arabia