Jacob & Co. The Godfather of Opera 50th Anniversary
Timepieces, tributes, allegories... The Godfather of the Opera collection folds many things into one highly symbolic and advanced horological work. Jacob & Co. presents a new version of the iconic Triaxial Tourbillon watch with a music box function. The Godfather of Opera celebrates the 50th anniversary of the half-century-old, 3-time Oscar and 5-time Golden Globe-winning film.
Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary is a limited series of 50 pieces, an astonishing cinematic, graphic and musical recollection of Francis Ford Coppola's classic, transcending every previous iteration. Its symbolic value is enhanced by the location of its launch, a massive event in Sicily where the film was filmed. Not only that, but the 50th anniversary of The Godfather of the Opera is deeply personal for founder and chairman Jacob Arabo, and therefore for this family-owned and operated company driven by emotion and passion. Word.
Few films have had such a deep and lasting impact as The Godfather. Francis Ford Coppola's masterpiece was the inspiration behind the Opera Godfather, a haute horlogerie timepiece designed and produced by Jacob & Co. A tribute to a unique place in the culture. "The Godfather is not just a great movie because of the way it was shot and directed. It also contains some of the greatest scenes and dialogue in cinematic history," said Jacob & Co. CEO Benjamin Arabov.high quality watches replica
The 50th Anniversary Edition of The Godfather of Opera contains 13 of these scenes in the same narrative order as the film. Laser-etched into the white gold case, this graphic outline has unprecedented vividness and quality. The film also features 13 of the film's most famous quotes, some firmly rooted in pop culture, most notably "I'm going to give him an offer he can't refuse."
Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary is not just an item in the Jacob & Co. catalog. This holds a big place in the minds of founder Jacob Arabo and CEO Benjamin Arabov. It carries a special meaning, a meaning that comes from the heart.
The film's first dialogue is "I believe in America," a phrase uttered by undertaker Bonacerra, who asks Godfather Don Vito Corleone for help. The phrase resonated in a unique way for a teenager whose family left the Soviet republic in Central Asia and sat in the dark as the story unfolded.
“When I first came to the U.S. from Uzbekistan in 1979, I was 14, didn’t speak the language, and my family didn’t have a cent,” Jacob Arabo said. So we worked really hard. I It took two years to earn the time and money to go to the movies. The Godfather was released again; it was the first movie I saw in theaters.”replica Richard Mille Felipe Massa
This limited collection is housed in a 49mm white gold case with 13 iconic scenes from the film adorned on its sides. Each scene is etched into the case using breakthrough high-intensity, high-precision femtosecond laser technology for unparalleled realism and vividness.
The etching process creates an almost imperceptible texture, so when you look at the scene, you really feel like it was in the Godfather movie reel. Chief among them, especially when wearing the watch, is the image of Don Vito Corleone, etched between the lugs at 6 o’clock. "Achieving this level of physical realism is simply breathtaking, and it elicits a strong emotional response," said Benjamin Alaboff.
Memes and SymbolsA set of symbols intertwined with movement reaches a new level of actual storytelling. In the middle of the JCFM04 movement, the Godfather's signature red rose, rendered with incredible realism and quality, sits between two musical barrels. They power the two-part music box mechanism that plays the Godfather theme, which is one of the basic features of the series.
In this case, the casks are made of solid rose gold, and each is engraved with 13 cult quotes from the movie. The parts covering the blades that create the melody were also specially designed for this limited edition. One is in the shape of a piano with Don Corleone's image on it, and the other is the puppeteer's strings from the original movie poster. The final symbol of the "Godfather" movie included in the Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary is not in the watch, but in time and space. It was launched at a major event in Sicily, with VIP guests from around the world retracing the footsteps of Coppola and his film crew, visiting actual filming locations in the surrounding area of Taormina.
By incorporating a new set of text symbols and key elements of cinematic imagery into the 50th anniversary of The Godfather of Opera, Jacob & Co. offers a unique concept. It is grounded in craftsmanship, watchmaking, but also deeply personal meaning and admiration. For the film's 50th anniversary, Jacob & Co. takes this tribute to a higher level, a tribute that comes from the heart.
"The Godfather" has imprinted one of its most memorable scenes in the minds of generations of viewers. One of them is Santa Laura, a famous watch collector who owns Opera Godfather Minute Repeater timepieces, among others. "This part of The Godfather takes place in the ancient country where Michael met Apollonia and stayed with me for a long time. For me it was an expression of love," said Santa Laura. The opera Godfather is different, it has Presence, attractive. Any other brand, do one of these, they'll do five or ten and sell it for millions. Not Jacobs & Co."replica watches for sale
in the beginning"In June 2021, we had a call with Paramount Pictures, we acquired the rights to the Godfather film from Paramount Pictures, and we started discussing how to celebrate the film's 50th anniversary," the CEO said. Officer Benjamin Arabov said Jacob & Co. "The Godfather of Opera has been a success, far exceeding our expectations. By October 2022, we have sold more than 140 units."
The Opera Godfather is both a symbolic timepiece and a highly complex timepiece. In watchmaking, it is a three-axis tourbillon combined with a double music box, complete with a comb and a barrel. They played the Godfather theme song composed by Nino Rota on the film's soundtrack. As the music plays, the entire movement rotates like a dance, while the off-centre dial turns in the opposite direction to stay upright.
When details reveal a worldSymbolically, it is a shrine dedicated to celebrating some of the artifacts from The Godfather that have become part of pop and film culture: the rose that Vito Corleone wore on his daughter's wedding lapel; the puppet piano The strings first appeared on Mario Puzo's original novel cover, which later became a movie poster; Marlon Brando himself, appeared on one of the piano covers. Like every previous edition of The Godfather of Opera, the 50th Anniversary Edition reads like a book. "The only problem is that it doesn't have as many pages as Jacob & Co. had hoped," added Ben Arabov.
set the tone"From the very beginning of The Godfather of Opera, I wanted to go a step further and celebrate the importance of this film by showing actual scenes from the film," Jacob Arabbo said. It wants it to be a literal tribute to everything the film stands for. But the space is too small. The whole piece is full of components, details and symbols. So for Opera Godfather's 50th anniversary, I came up with the idea of engraving key moments from the film on the case, which looked like a canvas waiting to be brought to life. "
This is the beginning of a year-long search for solutions to achieve this vision. Jacob & Co's supplier DM Surfaces came up with the technology. “Laser quickly became our only option, which was a challenge because our suppliers had never achieved such a level of detail and sophistication,” said Nicolas Debaud, head of development at Jacob & Co. They succeeded in meeting the exacting standards of quality and realism that Jacob & Co. insisted on. “We went through countless prototypes, each slightly different, each better and more precise. We wanted a truly cinematic look that would trigger emotion,” recalls Benjamin Arabov.
friends on the journeyThe root of this emotional response lies in another, on a personal level. The Godfather of Opera 50th Anniversary Project is also the personal affair of several key players and partners. “My task is to match the vision and the method to achieve it, interpreting Jacob’s level of quality and ultimately creating the best product,” said Nicolas Debaud, Head of Watchmaking Development at Jacob & Co. Technology. The Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary case is the perfect example of what can be done by feel alone. Andrea De Luca, founder and CEO of DM Surfaces who happened to create the watchband engraving, is a die-hard fan of all things Godfather "That movie is part of my life." I must have watched it fifty times," he said, sharing an emotional bond with Jacob Arabo.
"All five people on my team who worked on the Opera Godfather 50th anniversary project watched the film again before starting the development phase," added De Luca. This, together with the unique level of laser technology, creates the vividness of the case engraving. "Our FLET, short for Femto-Laser Etching Technology, is a tool that makes our customers' dreams come true." A dream from the start. "We use a combination of nanolasers and femtosecond lasers to make the straps, and each Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary requires 30 hours under the laser."
Reel selection"Nanolaser" and "femtolaser" refer to the duration of each laser blast, measured in nanoseconds and femtoseconds, respectively -- the former being a billionth of a second, the latter a trillionth of a second. The shorter the detonation time, the greater its precision and strength, and the lower the temperature. At these levels, the beam can not only remove material, but also material. It changes its structure. By using this advanced laser engraving technology, Jacob & Co. has created a watchband entirely dedicated to retelling the story of the Godfather.
It features thirteen scenes from the movie with unprecedented realism and vividness. The gate to the Corleone compound. Sonny Corleone's car was shot. Michael and his first wife Apollonia take a walk after their wedding. Mowlin has a bullet hole in his glasses. The 13 frames are arranged in text, film, and in the same order as in the film. They look like they've been taken off a celluloid reel with full grooves. All of these images are from the original film reels, provided to DM Surfaces. “When we received these images, their quality level was not compatible with our process,” recalls De Luca. "We had to completely recreate them while keeping the original images intact."https://www.reviewluxurystore.com
The level of rendering is unheard of in its accuracy and subject selection. However, the case feels smooth to the touch. “This was a requirement from the beginning,” adds De Luca. “The sculpted parts had to be smooth so as not to damage any fabric. So we added several smoothing stages, just like laser polishing. This shows DM Surfaces' technological advancement in laser etching. By using different angles, powers and blast lengths, the laser beam can not only remove platinum from the case, but also change its chemical composition.
Selective and mastered oxidation produces a wide range of shadow effects, with a total of 256 shades, giving sculpts photo-realistic properties. "When we started this project, we were using flat surfaces. Then we moved to a three-dimensional object," DeLuca said. "It took us months to get to the right level of detail, especially where the images overlap to avoid blurring."
text and musicSince some of The Godfather's quotes are also well-known, they made it into the 50th anniversary of the Opera Godfather. “We have a space where we can engrave them perfectly. One that is already dedicated to the sound: two barrels of the music box mechanism,” says Benjamin Alaboff. These cylinders have a total of 120 pins. They activated 30 blades spread over two combs that together create the Godfather theme.
On Opera Godfather's 50th anniversary, they carried 13 famous lines such as the iconic "I'm going to give him an offer he can't refuse", "Luca Brasi slept with the fish" or "Never ask me about me" business.” The barrel is made of rose gold, engraved and polished. “Each barrel is sent to a small workshop in Saint-Croix, the music box capital of Switzerland, explains Alain Schiesser, CEO of Le Cercle des Horlogers, which produces the Jacob & Co. exclusive movement.” Each pin is inserted into the barrel, and its length is then carefully adjusted. This determines the rhythm and clarity of the melody. It has to be done one at a time, one after the other. "
From a purely watchmaking perspective, the Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary is similar to the previous collection. What makes it a horological achievement is that it features a three-axis tourbillon, a fine watchmaking profession that only a few of the best watchmakers can offer. What's more, it doesn't have a bridge, making it a flying three-axis tourbillon, of which very few have been created. The JCMF04 movement consists of a total of 634 components. While this is not an end in itself, but merely a means of making watch movements, it shows the overall maturity.
"Motion is more complicated than it looks," explains Alain Schiesser. “When Jacob approached us, he wanted a musical movement. Then came the idea of a rotational movement. It required the level of coordination between the combs, the perfect adjustment of the barrel, which is tilted about 20 degrees, and the management of the entire movement The rotation of..." Therefore, the assembly mechanism is built on two-horizontal platforms.Breitling ENDURANCE PRO IRONMAN 70.3 WORLD CHAMPIONSHIP
But since the movement is musical, this spin presents another set of challenges. “In order for the melody to sound outside the case, the upper and lower parts of the movement have to be connected. We do this with a central shaft and several special screws that transmit the sound,” says Alain Schiesser. "And all of it had to be fastened to protect it from shocks. To get to the final working movement, we had to go through at least 30 prototypes."
The Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary has a special place in the Jacob & Co. collection. Its unique, strategic, innovative, emotional and graphic placement is further cemented by a package built around the timepiece. A limited series, each piece comes in a special wooden box lined with red velvet.
It contains a crystal decanter featuring a high-resolution print of Marlon Brando and the Godfather Lord logo. It also includes a brand new version of the Godfather Pen, an integral part of the Jacob & Co. Godfather universe. The cap of this black celluloid pen features a large rose in red and green enamel.
Jacob & Co. inspires technical creativity and pushes its suppliers to go further, enhancing their existing technology and applying it to new levels of quality and craftsmanship. "We challenge our partners to go beyond their existing constraints, but with this project, we feel that greater things are within our reach," explains Nicolas Debaud. "As a result, we completed a development process in two months that would normally take six or more."Discount replica watches
Jacob & Co. Opera Godfather 50th Anniversary – 18k White GoldTechnical Specificationsmove:
Movement: Exclusive Jacob&Co hand-wound JCFM04Diameter: 43mmHeight: 17.2 mmMaterials: Steel, Brass, Platinum and TitaniumComponents: 658Power reserve: 42 hoursFrequency: 21'600 vph (3 Hz)Jewelry: 58System: Triaxial Flying Tourbillon, Double Comb Music BoxFinishes:Bridge and plywood sandblasted and black PVDBarrel: Round GrainScrews: Beveled and mirror polishedFunction:
Auxiliary hour and minute rotating dial with differentialTriaxial Tourbillon (97 components; 1.79g)1st axis: Rotation in 24 secondsAxis 2: Rotation in 48 seconds3rd axis: Rotation in 180 secondsGodfather theme activated by pusher at 10 o'clock2 cylinders rotate against 2 combs (36 teeth in total) to play a 120 note melodyMiniature rose statue in the center of the movementBlack DLC piano with rose gold trimRotate 120° in 30 secondscase:
Diameter: 49mmHeight: 20mmMaterial: 18K white goldCase back: 18K white goldStrap: 18K white gold, laser-etched 13 scenes from The GodfatherTime setting: 18K rose gold bow on case backWinding: 18K rose gold violin-shaped crankGlass: Domed sapphire, double anti-reflective treatmentWater resistance: 30 m (100ft/3 atm)Dial and hands:
Dial: Black matte polished and 18K rose gold applied indexesHands: Jacob&Co-design blue handStrap and Buckle:
Strap: Black alligator leatherClasp: 18K rose gold folding clasp