Leading timepiece and diamond jewelry house Jacob & Co. inaugurates a momentous partnership with legendary soccer star Leo Messi by introducing their first limited edition collection: The EPIC X CHRONO “Messi” watch. To many soccer fans, Leo Messi is the greatest player in the history of the beautiful game: nine-time champion of the Spanish soccer league, four-time winner of the European Champions’ League, five-time winner of the Ballon d’Or as the best player in the world, five-time winner of the Golden Boot as the top goal scorer in Europe, and winner of Olympic gold, Messi is widely admired for his speed on the attack, efficiency of motion, and breathtaking creativity.
Paying tribute to a player of this magnitude required a truly exceptional timepiece. Jacob & Co. therefore designed the Epic X Chrono “Messi” to feature a polished grade-5 titanium case, antireflection sapphire glass, white ceramic chronograph bezel and buttons, titanium and blue-rubber horns, and red-rubber crowns. This eye-catching wonder is also water resistant to 200 meters, guaranteed shock resistant, and available in a strictly limited edition. Its immediately distinguishable light blue and white color was derived from the flag of Argentina, which is Messi’s home country. Naturally, Leo Messi wanted to personalize his watch, so he put his iconic number 10 in red on the flange ring, his logo – a stylized M – on the dial at six o’clock, and his signature on the blue sapphire glass at the back of the case, which offers a view of the automatic bi-compax skeleton chronograph movement (JCAA05). This unique Jacob & Co. manufacturing gauge operating at 4 Hz reveals its sophistication with a column wheel and 48-hour power reserve.
The Epic X Chrono “Messi” marks the beginning of an exclusive three-year timepiece partnership between the football great and Jacob & Co. and will be the first of several limited edition designs to be released from the collaboration. At December 18th’s Golden Boot Gala, Messi sported the SF24 Tourbillon, the next watch model to be featured in a limited edition collection. “The Epic X Chrono ‘Messi’ is recognizable anywhere,” says Jacob & Co. founder Jacob Arabo, “and for us, it was the perfect way to begin a partnership with Messi and a true association of champions. The beauty of this finished product and our overall experience with the Messi Brand thus far have also significantly raised our expectations for future releases. Admirers of the EPIC X CHRONO will surely be pleased with what’s to come.”
“I am delighted to be in partnership with Jacob & Co who I regard as the most innovate watch maker” says Leo Messi.