Find out the Jacob & Co Millionaire Watch
Jacob & Co. Unveils $6 Million Yellow Diamonds 'Millionnaire' Watch
It took Jacob & Co. a full two years to collect all of the diamonds to make this watch, with the main challenge being finding enough yellow diamonds with the same color and quality: intense yellow. Because of the long amount of time it took to find all of the perfectly matched diamonds, and due to the immense amount of work that goes into the setting of the stones, this is a one-of-a-kind watch.
"When I look at the Millionnaire, I feel as though I'm looking at a piece of art in a museum. I'm struck with awe each time I see it, no matter how many times I've seen the piece before," says Jacob Arabo. "The rarity of the perfectly matching stones, combined with the horological complications make it truly special."
The watch mechanism is also a work of art. It is an exclusive Jacob & Co. skeletonized manual wind caliber (JCAM23) with tourbillon escapement to compensate for errors in timekeeping due to the effects of gravity when the watch is in different positions on the wrist. Each of the 197 individual components is hand finished and polished, and each is reduced to the barest minimum of metal possible without compromising the part's strength and durability. By reducing the amount of metal, the movement is nicely exposed -- and seems to float beautifully between the front and back sapphire crystals.
In addition to indicating hours and minutes, this watch offers 72 hours of power reserve. The watch measures 46mm x 35mm and is 11mm thick. It is crafted of 18-karat yellow gold to further enhance the yellow diamonds.
"In my mind, the buyer of the Millionnaire is someone who can buy almost any watch or piece of jewelry they want, but are looking for a piece that is daring and unique -- yet still timeless," says Arabo of this Yellow Diamonds watch. "It's not the type of watch that someone wears everyday, so I imagine the buyer as a collector, who appreciates the artistry and attention of detail put into the piece."
Of course, Jacob & Co. also releases a Millionnaire White Diamonds watch with the same movement. That watch is crafted in 18-karat white gold and bedecked with 150 emerald-cut diamonds weighing more than 40 carats. It is offered on a white alligator strap.