Jacob & Co : Sapphires or diamonds ?

Brilliant Pavé Diamond

Case : steel set with 497 diamonds (6.7 cts), gemset crown, hand-engraved satin-brushed back Diameter : 32, 38 or 44mm Movement : quartz Functions : hours, minutes Dial : set with 400 diamonds (4 cts) Water resistance : 30m Strap : satin with gemset steel pin buckle


Brilliant Mystery Baguette

Case : 18K white dial invisibly set with 212 baguette-cut sapphires (14 cts), time-setting on the back Diameter : 38mm Movement : quartz Functions : hours, minutes Dial: set with 51 baguette-cut sapphires (2.5 cts) Water resistance : 30m Strap : satin with gold pin buckle set with 28 baguette-cut sapphires (0.95 cts) Limited series : 36

When an avant-garde New York jeweller  turns its creative touch to exploring watch dials, the quality of the gemsetting naturally has to match the quantity of diamonds used. In this instance, the Brilliant Pavé Diamond timepiece comprises 897 of these sparkling gems on the 44 mm version and 609 on the 32 mm version (it is also available with a 38 mm diameter), not counting those adorning the crown and the buckle of the blue satin strap. Meanwhile, the white gold case and central dial of the highly original Brilliant Mystery Baguette model are carpeted in 371 blue baguette-cut sapphires totalling over 23 carats. The mysterious indication of the hours and minutes by floating triangular hands reinforces the magical, airy nature of this exceptional model.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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