Jacob & Co. introduced a new watch that’s homage to a classic board game and a contemporary street artist. The timepiece takes its inspiration from inspiration: the work of Alec Monopoly. Jacob & Co. calls it Astronomia Alec Monopoly.
A look at the watch face does suggest the universe of the artist, with the familiar mustachioed, top-hatted Mr. Monopoly together with other characters and symbols used by Alec Monopoly. The mechanics of the watch begin with the watchmaker’s differential gears system, and includes a hand-lacquered magnesium globe and a tourbillon that rotate at regular intervals.
The hand-sculpted, hand-finished gold-cast characters begin as CAD renderings. Alec Monopoly handles the intricate painting.
The colorful, super-stylized, $600,000 watch will be produced as a limited-edition run of nine examples.