At the end of the day $55 million is a lot to pay for a timepiece. Even though just a fraction of the aforementioned amount, a couple of millions is still a hefty price for a high end watch. Last year when Graff Diamonds introduced their unique Hallucination timepiece with 110 karats of fancy colored diamonds, $55 million was its price tag. Jacob & Co has an equally unique and stunning timepiece to introduce at this year’s Baselworld, the Caviar Emerald Tourbillon, priced $2.45 million.
Finding emeralds in precise deep green color and cutting them proved to be a tough task, this was the sole reason it took Jacob & Co two years to craft the watch. The entire 47 mm 18 karat white gold case including the dial is covered in baguette cut 424 emeralds weighing a total of 32.39 karats. Of that 232 cover the case and another 17 emeralds decorate the crown. The emeralds are set using the “invisible setting,” where they covered the almost entire case with no visible gaps between stones. The laborious stone setting process itself took Jacob & Co’s stone setters 12 months to complete.
The Jacob & Co’s in house built caliber JCBM05, a manually wound mechanical movement powers the watch with time and flying tourbillon features. The workings of the tourbillon that has a titanium balance wheel and a gold bridge is visible through the dial at six o’clock. The movement features a 21,600 vph frequency, 100 hours of power reserve and 30m of water resistance.
Completing the high jewelry watch is its matching green alligator strap adorned with 36 emeralds and a 18 karat white gold buckle. The Jacob & Co Caviar Emerald Tourbillon is an exceptional timepiece limited to just 3 pieces.