The Jacob & Co. Caviar Emerald Tourbillon Watch is a Vision in Green
Today is St. Patrick’s Day, a holiday devoted to parades, drinking green beer and pretending to be at least a little bit Irish. What could be more appropriate for the occasion than a green watch, especially one that’s adorned with 424 dazzling emeralds?
While diamonds are the stone of choice for most Swiss watchmakers, Jacob & Co. takes a different tack with the Caviar Emerald Tourbillion, a timepiece so unique that it was two years in the making. It seems that finding enough emeralds of the correct color to cover the case and dial of the watch with 32.39 carats of the sparkling green stones took up most of that time while another 12 months was necessary to cut and set the gems.
The result is a masterpiece of the watchmakers’ art. The Jacob & Co. Caviar Emerald Tourbillon is 47mm wide with a case of 18k white gold adorned with 232 emeralds while 17 more appear on the crown and another 140 baguette-cut stones decorate the dial. Matching the tone of the emeralds is a green alligator strap which has an additional 36 emeralds on the 18k white gold buckle.
If you can get past all this green gorgeousness, on the inside is Jacob & Co.’s exclusive caliber JCBMO5 manually wound mechanical movement. At six o’clock on the dial is a window that affords a peek at the tourbillon with its titanium balance wheel and gold bridge. The tourbillon works at a frequency of 21,600 bph and has a power reserve of 100 hours.
Don’t expect to see the Jacob & Co. Caviar Emerald Tourbillon on the wrist of every fashionista this spring since only one piece will be made. The price tag for this glamorous one-of-a-kind creation? 2,400,000 Swiss Francs or about $2,435,800 in U.S. greenbacks. A bit of beautiful bling like this gives a whole new meaning to the phrase “the wearing of the green.”