Spotted: Jacob&Co Epic X & Konstantin Chaykin Joker (From @swisswatchgang)

At a GTG dinner after Baselworld, I shared the table with some really interesting people. After the obligatory table-shot, I spotted a Jacob & Co Epic X on some guy’s wrist, a watch that I had never seen before in real life. A few minutes later I spotted a Konstantin Chaykin Joker on this guy’s other wrist, a watch that is even more rare. Who was this guy?

Then I remembered an instastory from @Swisswatchgang, who was in Basel with his red Epic X and Joker. What are the odds of someone wearing the same exact 2 super rare watches?

‘Are you Swisswatchgang?’, I asked. ‘Yes I am!’, Marko replied with a smile. I told him that I was a big fan of his work, and it turned out he had been following me on insta as well for a few years. I tried to hide my excitement, even though my smile went from ear to ear.

Two days later, I had an appointment with Jacob & Co at Baselworld. I was seated in a conference room, and who walked in: Mister Marko Swisswatchgang! What are the odds?

‘Hey Watchmespot,’ he said, ‘nice to see you again!’

After Basel, we kept in contact. I asked him to do a watchspotting interview, and with the same optimism as always, he agreed!

The two watches you seem to wear a lot are the Konstantin Chaykin Joker and the Jacob & Co Epic X. Watches you don’t see that often in the wild. Why did you get these watches?

The way I buy watches is driven by emotion and aesthetics. I usually like things you don’t see around that much. With the Joker, it was purely emotional. I am a happy, smiley person who always tries to look on the bright side of things. These were the same emotions I felt when I saw the Joker from Konstantin Chaykin. I had to have it because I felt that the watch was a representation of a part of my personality.


I am a huge fan of independent watchmaking, mainly because they dare to make crazy and adventurous designs. I have been a big fan of the brand for years, and I pulled the trigger when Mr. Chaykin brought out the Joker.

The purchase of the Jacob & Co. Epic X was driven by my love for tear-drop (cow horns) lugs and skeleton movements. The Epic X had the right type of lugs and an amazing skeleton, so it checked all the boxes.


Tear drop/horn lugs

It might look big and chunky, but it has a very light titanium case, and the bent lugs really hug your wrist. It is really comfortable to wear, I even wear this as my daily beater now.

If I go hiking or do sports, I use my Tudor Black Bay Bronze Bucherer Blue edition. It’s even more of a tool watch and I use the bezel to time events. I love the combination of the rich dark blue bezel and dial with the bronze.

Tudor Black Bay Bronze Blue Bucherer

How did you get into watches?

Watches really caught my attention after I opened up my grandmothers vintage wristwatch and saw the mechanics beating. It was as if a new world suddenly opened up and I was hypnotized for over an hour.

That was 2010, and after that I started to go online and read magazines to learn more about watches. The first brands I came across that blew my mind were Vacheron Constantin, Breguet, Ulysse Nardin, Blancpain, Patek Philippe and more. I was always intrigued about the movements and my first grail watch became at the time the Vacheron Constantin Malte Tourbillon, don’t ask me why, still think it’s a gorgeous piece.

What was your first ‘real’ watch?

My first “real” watch was an Omega Day-Date automatic. I borrowed 200 euros from my grandmother to buy it. Once I paid her back, I brought it to a watchmaker and asked him to replace the dial. Even though the new dial wasn’t the correct dial, I really didn’t care to be honest. It was my first “real” watch so it’s not going for sale anytime soon. I still kept all the original parts.


After that I bought a ceramic Rado and then that escalated into a series of watches I bought and sold in a matter of 1 year, from a Zenith Rainbow, Vacheron Constantin 85180, Audemars Piguet 15300ST black dial and more…

What’s your ultimate grail watch?

That’s the most stressful question you could ask. It changes every year.

I can narrow it down to the independents and Ulysse Nardin, but there are just so many watches I want to buy and I can’t decide. Having just one ‘perfect’ watch would make life so much easier.

A few that come to mind are Romain Gauthier Logical One, Ulysse Nardin Freak, a double or triple axis Tourbillon like the Twin Turbo from JCO or the Vianney Halter Deep Space, MB&F Legacy Machines, URWERK UR-110, a nice piece unique minute repeater from Christophe Claret, Vianney Halter Antiqua, De Bethune DB28 and many many more. All independent, interesting and just overall special watches.

My Instagram page is a nice mirror of the type of watches I like the most and I’d love to own. The collections of @santa_laura, @dubaiwatchclub and @horonation are ones I aspire to and it takes a lot of smart and hard work to get there, so we better get going!


What an interesting guy. People with a real passion for independent brands aren’t very common these days. Make sure to follow him, he is always up to something big!

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