A crazy cool mechanical installation for your wrist is pushing the boundaries of such thing as ‘luxury watch’.
The Jacob & Co. watch division is generally known for bigger-than-life timepieces with the most extravagant complications and sizes, and yet, an oil pump on the dial is definitely something special. Yeah, we remember the stunning Ulysse Nardin Oil Pump Minute Repeater, but it was a classically styled dress watch with an elegant thematically inspired automaton, executed in a most traditional way. How about the two working derricks, a reservoir for the oil-looking liquid, and a whole system of pipes housed in a rose gold and sapphire crystal case measuring 47 mm in diameter and 20 mm in height? Oh, and it won’t be a proper Jacob & Co. without some extra icing on the cake – a double-axis tourbillon making a full revolution in 60 seconds and 2.5 minutes respectively. There’s also an hour and minute sub-dial at 9 o’clock and a power reserve indication at 3, but who cares, right?
The in-house manually wound movement of the Jacob & Co. Oil Pump beats at 3Hz and has a 60-hour power reserve. The rose gold automaton is activated by a pusher at 2 o’clock, while the duties of the absent crown traditionally go to the two bows on the caseback. Yes, the watch has a solid gold caseback, so you can’t really see what’s going on under the dial. But than again, with this level of visible mechanical entertainment, a couple of nicely finished bridges and wheels won’t add much to the overall wow-effect. Just push that button already!
Aug. 24, 2019