Jacob & Co. has announced that it will produce the “Fast & Furious Twin Turbo,” a limited-edition watch that combines the DNA of both Universal Pictures’ record-smashing, homegrown film saga – Fast & Furious – and the luxury brand that is “Inspired By The Impossible.”
The new timepiece is designed for speed. The large sapphire crystal face features imagery iconic to the first “Fast & Furious” film from 2001: a starting girl with checkered flags, behind her are hot rod cars ready to bolt – one American muscle, the other a supercharged import, above both is the Fast & Furious logo. The images capture the feeling of living life one-quarter-mile at a time. The watch’s racing theme is most evident with the twin triple-axis tourbillons that rotate in unison at lightning-fast speeds of 24, 48 and 180 seconds, providing a stunning visual impact. In between is the power reserve indicator in the style of a fuel gauge. This theme continues with a monopusher chronograph, using a horizontal clutch system operated by a column wheel. The complication is linked to the chronograph’s pusher integrated into the crown-crank system on the right side of the case. One pusher starts, stops and resets the chronograph. This differs from most chronographs, which use two pushers. In addition, a mechanical time reference indicator on the dial is based on handheld pit boards that racing crews once used to communicate pace times with drivers. It mechanically determines the difference between the current and the pre-set reference time.
Something you will likely never see on a racing themed watch is a decimal minute repeater. It chimes on demand at ten-minute intervals after the hours and before the minutes.
All of the complications are powered by the 832-component Jacob & Co. caliber JCFM05 manual wound movement. A sapphire crystal caseback with the “Fast & Furious Twin Turbo,” name on it provides a view of the movement. The movement is housed in a A black textured 57mm by 52mm case made of forged carbon, comprising 88 parts. The watch is based on the original Jacob & Co. Twin Turbo Furious, the first timepiece in the world to combine a high-speed twin-axis tourbillon, decimal minute repeater, monopusher chronograph and mechanical time reference indicator.
“Our Twin Turbo Furious is such a natural fit for the Fast & Furious franchise,” says Benjamin Arabov, Jacob & Co. CEO. “Not only the name of our watch but the whole emphasis on speed and being exceptional. Jacob & Co. has been in many important and successful partnerships, but we have never partnered with an entity that so closely fits our DNA. The new Fast & Furious Twin Turbo Furious watches are going to be awesome.”
The watch is limited to nine pieces to celebrate the latest chapter in Universal Pictures’ Fast & Furious film saga, “F9.” Its release will coincide with the U.S. debut of the movie on June 25.
About the Fast & Furious Franchise
Over the course of nine films that have stoked passion in an ever-expanding audience and have earned nearly $6 billion at the worldwide box office, Universal Pictures’ record-smashing, homegrown Fast & Furious Saga has become the studio’s most-profitable and longest-running franchise. Across social media platforms, the fan following for the movies and cast has grown into the biggest of any active franchise. On the heels of The Fate of the Furious, which debuted in theaters as the biggest global opening of all time, the blockbuster franchise has expanded to a multitude of offerings – from toys and video games to an all-new animated series and successfully launched spin-off franchise. F9, the ninth chapter in the Fast & Furious saga, hits U.S. theaters June 25, 2021.
While the first installment of this partnership has been unveiled, Arabov is being coy about how this collaboration will evolve over time. “What we have planned is incredibly exciting and will be as fast, furious and exciting as the film saga.” Jacob & Co. already has an existing relationship with Universal as it produced a Scarface watch inspired by the iconic 1983 film from Universal Pictures.
For Jacob & Co., it will be the latest in a series of partnerships that include hyper sports car manufacturer Bugatti, athletic GOATs such as Khabib Nurmagomedov and Lionel Messi, the hype lifestyle brand Supreme, among others.