It’s been 20 years since we watched Paul Walker, Vin Diesel and a handful of hell-raising hot rods tear it up on the big screen in the first Fast & Furious movie. To celebrate, Jacob & Co. has unleashed a new timepiece dedicated to the beloved multibillion-dollar franchise and its menacing rides. The limited-edition wrist candy is a riff on the watchmaker’s high-tech, high-speed Twin Turbo Furious that’s been equipped with a ton of unabashed references to the 2001 flick. Think checkered flags and muscle cars that epitomise living life a quarter-mile at a time.
The watch is housed in a textured black carbon case that measures 57mm by 52mm and comprises some 88 parts, including a stainless steel bezel. The large sapphire crystal dial is emblazoned with imagery from The Fast and the Furious as well as the film’s logo. Occupying front and centre is a “starting girl” flanked by the two most famous muscle cars of the first film: Vin Diesel’s 1970 Dodge Charger is to the left while Paul Walker’s souped-up Toyota Supra is to the right.
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The timepiece’s intricate inner workings rival that of a high-octane street racer, too. It’s fitted with twin triple-axis tourbillons that rotate in unison at lightning-fast speeds of 24, 48 and 180 seconds. This not only makes for a striking visual feature but also makes the watch highly precise: The multi-axis tourbillons compensate for the effects of gravity in whatever position your wrist is in. In between the two escapements is a power reserve indicator styled like a fuel gauge.
If that wasn’t enough, the Twin Turbo Furious features another complication in the form of a decimal minute repeater. Like a melodic motor, it emits chimes on-demand at 10-minute intervals after the hours and before the minutes.
The engine, meanwhile, is the Jacob & Co. caliber JCFM05, a manually wound movement that boasts a staggering 832 components. The sapphire crystal case back gives a great view of the movement in action along with yet another logo.
Elsewhere, the watch is fitted with a column-wheel monopusher chronograph to time any fast and furious sprints in your four-wheeler, along with a mechanical time reference indicator that’s designed like a “pit board” from the race track.
“Our Twin Turbo Furious is such a natural fit for the Fast & Furious franchise,” Jacob & Co. CEO Benjamin Arabov said in a statement. “Jacob & Co. has been in many important and successful partnerships, but we have never partnered with an entity that so closely fits our DNA.”
Priced at US$580,000 (a little more than RM2.4 million), the watch is limited to just nine examples and will roll out alongside the latest film in the saga, F9, which hits screens on 25 June.
Previously published on Robb Report.