Launched in 2015 as a unique piece, Billionaire, first of the name, was an unheard-of timepiece. Created as a bespoke project, it took several years to find, sort, cut and prep its 239 emerald-cut white diamonds. It was an enterprise of incredible proportions, as was its price of USD 18 million. Its signature, filigree, skeleton tourbillon movement put it at the top of the watchmaking foodchain. Billionaire garnered immense international attention, prompting Jacob & Co. to make an entire collection out of this stratospheric concept.
With 424 diamonds totaling 161 ct, Billionaire II took the initial concept even further. Its tourbillon movement was set with 57 baguette-cut diamonds, another unprecedented feat. This paved the way for the 18-piece limited series Billionaire III and its 714 white baguette-cut diamonds. Billionaire III Diamonds and Rubies opened yet another door in the collection’s repertoire with a flange, movement and crown set with a total of 134 rubies. Jacob & Co. then explored the vast possibilities offered by the prestigious Ahoka-cut with the unique piece called Billionaire Ashoka. It was followed by Billionaire Ashoka Smaller, a limited edition of 18 pieces set with 480 Ashoka-cut diamonds ( 100 ct.)
A PINNACLE OF CREATION
Billionaire Timeless Treasure is made of 425 Asscher-cut yellow diamonds, 76 emerald-cut and kite-cut tsavorite and 57 baguette-cut yellow diamonds set on its skeleton tourbillon movement. The total of 482 yellow diamonds weighs an incredible 216.9ct., creating a divine glow for an eternal timepiece.
During a three-and-a-half year treasure hunt across the globe, Jacob & Co. has almost dried up the market for exceptionally large and high quality yellow diamonds to complete Billionaire Timeless Treasure. The first-ever colored Billionaire demanded absolute color uniformity, perfect quality consistence and the brightest of lights.
All Billionaires are made unique by the cream-of-the-crop quality of the white diamonds Jacob & Co. has been using since the first Billionaire was released. In the case of Billionaire Timeless Treasure, the quality requirements are much more stringent as it required only a very rare king of gems : yellow diamonds. Not yellow sapphires, which are much easier to come by. And not just any yellow diamonds.
Finding 482 diamonds, all of which are either Fancy Yellow and Fancy Intense Yellow in color, all of which are large, all of which are fit for the Asscher-cut, is a task so hard no one ever undertook it. The total rough weight of those stones, prior to any kind of cutting, is estimated to have been around 880 ct.
GEM-SET TOURBILLON MOVEMENT
The skeleton tourbillon movement Jacob & Co. uses in all its Billionaires is so thin, so fine it might go unnoticed at first sight. Caliber JCAM39 offers a comfortable power reserve of 72 hours and the extreme accuracy provided by a rotating regulating organ.
The nature of all Billionaires is to combine the demands of high jewelry with those of high watchmaking. Which is why the extremely fine skeleton inside Billionaire Timeless Treasure is enhanced with 57 baguette-cut yellow diamonds. Each gem has been invisibly set on a bridge thinner than 0.2 mm. And to match the color scheme of this extraordinary timepiece, it’s been yellow-gold plated, while its hands receive green tips.
Release Date: March 27, 2023
Our most anticipated timepiece of the year, the Billionaire Timeless Treasure, was announced to the public yesterday, March 27th, 2023.
“We’ve browsed the entire world for three and a half years in search of an unprecedented number of perfect gems, says CEO Benjamin Arabov. We’ve gathered them here, in our Geneva headquarters, where each one was scrutinized at rough stage, at cut stage, before and after setting. The incredible work done by our gemsetters happened entirely here, in Geneva. We’ve combined our expertise in high jewelry with our skills in high watchmaking and used our drive to achieve what has never been done before. So we’ve created a unique piece that outshines every other high jewelry timepiece in opulence, exclusivity and diamond quality.”