The Mystery Tourbillon Arlequino by Jacob&Co. with 84ct of Gem Stones

The driving force for Jacob & Co. is creativity. From his earliest beginnings in jewelry and watches, Jacob Arabo has been designing beautiful and innovative products. The breadth of Jacob & Co.’s offering shows the brand’s insatiable need to produce amazing pieces that the world has never seen before. Jacob & Co.’s mission is to create beautiful, dynamic and unique pieces of watchmaking and jewelry art.

I have to create. My dream has always been to invent things that haven’t been done before. For the brand, it’s about making the impossible reality.

Jacob Arabo

To make the impossible a reality. Jacob Arabo lives to create timepieces and jewelry that the world has never seen. Take the Astronomia Collection as an example -a galaxy on the wrist, many Swiss watchmakers saw this idea as ‘Impossible’. Mr. Arabo took up the challenge and made this timepiece, and its many iterations, a reality… and a success.

Mr. Arabo is not content making hundreds of the same watches and jewelry. He lives to create and innovate, always working on the next ground-breaking, revolution idea. Jacob & Co. is a different kind of watch company, combining the daring and entrepreneurial spirit of America with the high watchmaking and high jewelry making of Switzerland. With a foot in both worlds, Mr. Arabo and his company are dedicated to shaking up the status quo.

Jacob & Co.’s latest 50mm fully gem-set tutti-frutti, twin triple-axis tourbillon is certainly not for the shy and retiring among us, it is more than a little discrete about its timekeeping.

With no traditional hands apparent and centre stage given over to the show-stopping, centrally mounted twin, triple-axis tourbillon you’ll be forgiven if you can’t read the time from its ‘dial’, but trust us it’s there. The watch, as pictured above, displays the watch industry default of ten past ten. This should help you identify two large pointer diamonds, one (8.18ct) on the inner hour ring and another further out on the minute ring (9.5ct). In case you’re wondering the other ‘white’ stones on the dial are colorless sapphires.

There’s a long tradition of watches that hide their main timekeeping indication from view dating back hundreds of years; from ‘Secret’ watches, which often cover their dial entirely under gem-set lids to ‘Mystery’ watches which set out to give the impression that they have no movement inside to outright statement pieces like Beat Haldimann’s H9 Reduction, which took a fully functioning Haute Horlogerie wristwatch and fitted it with an entirely opaque black sapphire crystal to permanently obscure its dial and hands.

The Jacob & Co. Mystery Tourbillon Arlequino Bracelet updates the 200-year-old tradition of mystery watches where hour and minute hands appear to float on the dial. In this case there are two discs, one for minutes and one for hours, which rotate. Two white diamonds within a sea of colored gems indicate the time.

Jacob & Co.’s ‘The Mystery’ Tourbillon Arlequino also boasts two centrally mounted triple-axis tourbillons, mounting individual 60-second tourbillon escapements to either side of a plate and mounting that inside two concentrically fitted two-minute tourbillon cages. While tourbillons were developed (and are still used on occasion) with improved timekeeping in mind, here it is pure mechanical theatre. See it in action for yourself in the video’s below.

But it would be impossible to discuss the watch without mentioning those precious stones. The watch’s 50mm 18k white gold case and bracelet, its dial and hour and minute rings are set with more than 1,000 precious stones, with 38ct of diamonds and 46ct of multi-colored Arlequino sapphires.

Jacob & Co’s ‘The Mystery’ Tourbillon Arlequino ‘Bracelet Baguette’ is a one-off, a ‘piece-unique’ available now directly Jacob & Co., priced $1.8m USD. Come into the beautiful, precious and timeless world of Jacob & Co.

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