Jacob& Co. partners with Legendary Italian entrepreneur and fashion magnate Flavio Briatore, to introduce the Billionaire, a one-of-a-kind, record-breaking timepiece that epitomizes the luxury lifestyle and encapsulates modern glamour in tangible, wearable form. This opulent gem-set timepiece brings the superb craftsmanship of Jacob & Co.’s high-jewelry watches to life through the mesmerizing and worldly lens of Flavio Briatore’s haute couture and lifestyle brand. At Baselworld 2015, the Billionaire will make its debut at Jacob & Co.’s stand located in Hall 1.1, B31.
Briatore, celebrated as a leader in the luxury realm for both his strong management background with Formula One and his entrepreneurial role as founder of Billionaire Italian Couture, owes much of his resounding success to a devotion to supreme quality and a tradition of adventurous trendsetting in the luxury sector. These traits, shared to the highest degree by Jacob & Co. Chairman and Founder, Jacob Arabo, have paved the way for a naturally synergistic partnership between the two men. Both leaders within their respective spheres, Briatore and Arabo bring with them eclectic résumés whose sweep epitomizes the grandeur of their visions. In turn, their collaboration speaks of sumptuous exclusivity, exquisite refinement and unparalleled taste.
The Billionaire is a World-Premiere High Jewelry Master-Timepiece with 260 carats of emerald cut diamonds. Beneath the colossal World Record luxury of 260 carats of precious diamonds, The Billionaire showcases a degree of meticulous ingenuity synonymous with the tradition of the Jacob & Co. brand. Sumptuous radiance and artisanal genius complement and elevate one another through every sparkling ray of light and each beat of the caliber’s exposed components. The apparent weightlessness of the skeletonized mechanism brings an appealing air of minimalism to a design that scintillates on every millimetre of its bracelet and 18K white gold case.
The sophisticated modernity of the JCAM09 hand-wound tourbillon caliber strikes a delightful contrast to the piece’s overall vintage design, which alludes to the jewelry craftsmanship practices of the 1920s. The skeletonized movement, which requires a remarkable amount of skill to construct due to the paring of elements to their most refined dimensions, boasts a number of superb finishes for an absolutely stunning effect. From its hand-finished angles to its drawn flanks, the sand-blasted mechanism, equipped with a 72-hour power reserve, endows the timepiece with a beauty of detail befitting its exquisite exterior. The Billionaire reignites the passion of the Roaring Twenties with a power of majestic proportions. Each perfectly matched emerald-cut diamond that composes The Billionaire’s exterior is mounted upon a setting of 18K white gold beads, each meticulously shaped into an inverted pyramid. While the timepiece highlights the unparalleled gem-setting savoir-faire and finesse of Jacob & Co, the stones themselves are equally magnificent, with individual gems weighing up to a breathtaking three carats.
Created as a unique piece, The Billionaire truly epitomizes the brand’s passion for breaking boundaries. At its center, beneath gun-blue skeleton hands, the movement’s skeletonized mechanical architecture is a fitting testament to a story of unabashed luxury, each precise component beautifully showcased. No element hides behind the comfort of subtlety, opting instead to stand out proudly within a vivacious display.
The seamless interaction between every stone, and between each delicately finished part of the caliber, underscores an astounding level of skill and visionary creativity, one that elevates Jacob & Co. to its standing as an unquestioned leader in the field of high-jewelry timepieces. As the tourbillon caliber brings dynamism to its bejewelled enclosure, or the ballet of light of 260 carats of diamonds illuminates its exquisitely revealed heartbeat, The Billionaire is a dazzling representation of the courageous and rebellious Jacob & Co. spirit. Measuring an imposing 58 by 47.5mm, The Billionaire adorns the wrist with unrivalled splendour.
Movement: Exclusive Jacob & Co. skeleton manual winding caliber JCAM09; Tourbillon; Dimensions: 40.05mm X 31.67mm; 5.70mm height; 167 components; 72-hours power reserve; Frequency: 21’600vib/h (3 Hz); 19 jewels; Finishing: Hand-angled, sand-blasted, drawn flank.
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case & Bracelet: Case diameter: 58mm X 47.5mm; Material: 18K white gold; Case back: Sapphire glass; Crystal: Sapphire with anti-reflective treatment; Total Carat Weight: 260 carats of 239 emerald cut diamonds, bead setting inverted pyramid; Individual stones up to 3 carats.
Hands: Skeleton; gun blue.
Total Carat Weight: 260 carats of Emerald-Cut Diamonds, Bead Setting Inverted Pyramid; Individual Stones up to 3ct
Limited Edition: Piece unique