Jacob & Co. founder Jacob Arabo is one of the most interesting and controversial characters of the modern watch industry. And Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch is a one-of-a-kind timepiece produced with Italian businessman, fashion label owner, and Formula 1 personality Flavio Briatore.
The Jacob & Co. Billionaire watch is named as such not because it costs a billion dollars, but rather because it is made in honor of Flavio Briatore’s Billionaire Couture clothing and accessory company. It takes audacity to sell $1,000 jeans and $500 swimming trunks, not to mention the typically loud Italian look which includes black and yellow snakeskin leather jackets and patterns that even Versace might think are a bit loud. Sequin-studded men’s tuxedo jacket anyone?
The Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch isn’t petite either. Even though it might look like a women’s watch in pictures, the case is 47.5mm wide and 58mm tall. Somewhere in there is an actual case for a watch movement and dial. This rectangular element is produced from 18k white gold and houses an exclusive to Jacob & Co. mechanical movement.
Inside the Jacob & Co. Billionaire watch is the caliber JCAM09 manually-wound tourbillon movement with fully skeletonized bridges. Time is displayed via the blued hand with diamond hour markers . Under 12 o’clock is a skeletonized mainspring barrel and the 3Hz tourbillon sits over 6 o’clock. The entire movement is made up of 167 parts. I think it goes without saying that a timepiece like the Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch needed to have a tourbillon – it just wouldn’t be the same with out it.
If you want to be a little bit like Mr. Briatore and have the funds, Mr. Arabo will no doubt find a way of producing your perfect item of timepiece opulence. The Jacob & Co. Billionaire Watch is a bit insane, but that’s Flavio’s dream, and he can rest assured that no one else will be walking around with one of these.