Introducing The Jacob & Co Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary

Introducing The Jacob & Co Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary

The Low-down

Francis Ford Coppola is widely regarded as one of Hollywood’s greatest directors, and while he has created many great works of cinematic art, none stand as tall in popular consciousness as The Godfather. This multi-award-winning crime family masterpiece turns 50 this year, and Jacob & Co is in Sicily, celebrating the milestone in style.

When we say style, of course, we mean the Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary, a limited edition of 50 pieces (naturally). This watch not only offers the combination of technical virtuosity and musical magic that we expect from the Opera, but it literally enshrines iconic moments from the movie on the case.

Jacob & Co Opera GodFather 50th Anniversary
The Jacob & Co Opera GodFather 50th Anniversary in all its glory

IMHO

The 49mm, white gold case, might not have quite the scale as the silver screen, but on this watch, it serves as a sufficient backdrop for some emblematic scenes. The straight flanks of the case have been etched with a high-intensity, high-precision femtolaser technology that inscribes key moments from the film into the metal, with unparalleled clarity and precision, so every time you check the time you can look down at the patrician-like profile of Marlon Brando as Don Vito Corleone.

Jacob & Co Opera GodFather 50th Anniversary
A glimpse at the iconic scenes etched onto the case profile

Of course, this unique case decoration is only one of the outstanding elements of the Opera. The other big party trick is, of course, the music. The open dial is dominated by two musical barrels, which power the music box mechanism, programmed to play the Godfather’s Main Theme. The barrels themselves are as aesthetic as they are functional, the rose gold cylinders are engraved with iconic quotes from the film. On top of that, the dial features the film’s marionette-like logo, the 50th-anniversary appellation and Don Corleone’s red rose, sculpted in the centre of the dial.

Jacob & Co Opera GodFather 50th Anniversary

The final distinctive feature is, of course, the high-speed triple-axis tourbillon — something of a Jacob & Co hallmark at this point, with the first axis rotating in 24 seconds, the second in 48 and the final in 180 seconds. A suitably epic heartbeat for one of the most loved cinematic masterpieces of all time.

Tech Specs

Movement: Exclusive Manufacture Jacob&Co Manual-Winding JCFM04, manually wound, 42 hours of power reserve
Function: Hours, Minutes, Triple Axis Tourbillon, Music Box with Double Combs
Case: 49 x 23mm, white gold, laser-engraved and textured with scenes from the movie, 30M water-resistance
Strap: Alligator leather, rose gold folding clasp
Availability: Limited to 50 pieces

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Felix Scholz

Felix Scholz has spent the last decade covering watches from his home in Australia. Given this, it's surprising that he still struggles with time zones. Over the years he's become a firm believer that less is more when it comes to watch design – except when a rainbow bezel is involved. He's written for numerous titles including Hodinkee, GQ, A Collected Man and more. These days he looks after the Australian edition of Revolution and takes a break from writing about watches to talk about them, as the co-host of OT: The Podcast.

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