Jacob & Co. : Horological revolution

Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette 

Case : rose gold, sapphire opening on the sides, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 50 mm Movement : mechanical manual-winding Jacob & Co JCEM01, 48h power reserve Functions : hours, minutes, tourbillon Dial : invisible setting composed of 342 baguette-cut diamonds Strap : alligator leather Limited edition : 9

His imagination knows no bounds, and quite clearly, his approach based on placing technical innovation in the service of his dreams consistently pushes the borders of feasibility to take watchmaking into a whole new era. For almost 30 years, Jacob Arabo, the visionary founder of Jacob & Co., has been enchanting the world of haute horlogerie and haute joaillerie with a distinctive taste for innovation, glamour and the spectacular. The brand displays unbridled creativity in its remarkable models, most of which glow with the fire of the finest diamonds or the most elegant precious colored stones. All of them demonstrate excellence in the field of mechanical horology.


Spectacular… The word is almost too weak to describe the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette watch. A precious and refined interpretation of the model unveiled at Baselworld in 2014, this watch that reveals the penchant shown by Jacob & Co. for theatrical stage-settings is stunning in every way. First of all, it is endowed with undeniably symbolic power by the fact that it literally brings the cosmos to the wrist of the individual owning one of the nine watches in this limited edition. The hand-painted titanium Earth and the Moon embodied by an imposing Jacob-cut diamond featuring 288 facets is visible in a manner never yet seen in watchmaking. The broad 50mm pink gold case featuring a side opening and topped by a domed sapphire crystal reveals a totally extraordinary vision of the two heavenly bodies in motion. The movement is the other essential characteristic of the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette, since manual-winding Jacob & Co. Caliber JCEM01 presents an unprecedented choreographic performance featuring multi-axial revolutions. As well as spinning in its carriage in 60 seconds, the tourbillon also moves along two additional axes : its arm around which it turns in five minutes, and the rim of the watch that it takes 20 minutes to circle. The cut-out offset dial also performs a circular motion around the watch faces, while the XII numeral remains consistently at the top of the disk. As for the Earth and its satellite, the Moon, they also turn heads by joining this perpetual dance set against the backdrop of an incredible invisible setting composed of 342 baguette-cut diamonds. Through this unconventional interpretation flirting with the limits of haute horlogerie, Jacob & Co. creates a mesmerizing wristworn observatory in which every part works independently towards a common goal. The overall result is quite simply fascinating.


Epic SF 24

Case : rose gold, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 45mm Movement : mechanical self-winding Jacob & Co JCAA02, 48h power reserve Functions : hours, minutes, 24h dual-time display Dial : opaline anthracite Strap : alligator leather Limited edition : 101


Epic X Racing 

Case : titanium, inserts in white neoralithe, water-resistant to 50m Diameter : 44 mm  Movement : mechanical manual-winding skeleton Jacob & Co. JCAM02, 48h power reserve Functions : hours, minutes Strap : alligator leather


In a radically different style, Jacob & Co. once again composes an anthem to the technical avant-garde with the Epic SF 24. In this instance, the aesthetic is more turned towards the past with a retro look that highlights a surprising world-first 24-hour dual-time display. Integrated inside a cylinder-shaped tube, the travel time indication is inspired by split-flap airport or train station information boards. Alongside its vintage nature, this unique construction is also highly functional in that a single press on the monopusher serves to display the name of a new city and the corresponding time.


Jacob & Co . also excels in the field of skeleton working. The sleek and powerful Epic X Racing watch revisits the aesthetic codes of motor racing with taut, highly contemporary lines. The 44mm titanium case features white neoralithe inserts, accentuating the sporting nature of this watch providing a clear view of the vertically aligned barrel and balance wheel. A fine graphic composition which, as always with Jacob & Co., effectively serves a peerless mechanism – and vice versa.


Brilliant Skeleton Jewelry

Case : diamond-set rose gold, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 44mm Movement : mechanical manual-winding skeletonized Jacob & Co JCAM01, 46h power reserve  Functions : hours, minutes  Strap : alligator leather


Brilliant Rainbow

Case : pink gold set with baguette-cut sapphires, water-resistant to 30m Diameter : 44mm Movement : mechanical self-winding ETA 2892 Functions : hours, minutes, seconds Dial : white mother-of-pearl set with sapphires and diamond-set rose gold Strap : alligator leather Limited edition : 101


Distinguished by transparency and a light, airy design, the manual-winding Jacob & Co. movement highlights the delicate art of skeleton working

Jacob & Co. has always refused to choose between reliable and creative watchmaking and sparkling High Jewelry expertise. Witness the Brilliant Skeleton which provides a fine demonstration of the Jacob & Co. know-how in creating skeletonized mechanical movements. Distinguished by transparency and a light, airy design, the manual-winding Jacob & Co. movement highlights this delicate art, enhanced by a halo of diamonds set around the bezel of the pink gold case. No less than 367 diamonds of various sizes clothe the case in precious radiance.


Refined and resolutely feminine despite its  broad 44mm diameter, the Brilliant Rainbow is a visual enchantment for anyone who loves colored gemstones. A true rainbow of subtly graded sapphires highlights the mother-of-pearl dial, also enhanced with sapphire hour-markers, while a fine diamond setting draws all eyes towards the center. Originality and exclusivity are the keynotes of this ladies’ watch flamboyantly expressing the quintessence of the Jacob & Co. spirit.

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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