Yes, you read that correctly. ONE MILLION DOLLARS! As someone new to the watch world, I am completely floored that a single watch could cost more than a few decent-sized homes (depending on where you live). These watches are not just luxurious, but they are the epitome of grandeur. If you are as intrigued as I am, read on.
JACOB & CO, established in 1986 by diamond designer Jacob Arabo, has definitely made a splash in the watch world. Arabo started his career in the Big Apple in NYC's famous diamond district. After building his list of clients and connections, he started gaining some serious momentum.
While Jacob & Co only entered the watch industry in 2002, the company got popular enough to go worldwide. The main flagship store was here in New York, but there were also smaller boutiques in London, Monte-Carlo, Las Vegas, Italy, the United Arab Emirates, and more.
His watches absolutely have the "drip" factor. That's probably why so many celebrities, specifically in the music industry, like to flex this brand. Jay-Z actually wore a Jacob & Co watch in his single "Girls Best Friend." Being that diamonds are the best friend one can have, let's get into the glitziest, sparkliest watches- that are TOTALLY worth the money ;)
Let's kick off with the most expensive, not only on this list but on our site! This watch is a complete masterpiece. Inspired by the caviar dish, known to be one of the most expensive dishes on the menu, this watch is definitely comparable!
In the Caviar Flying Tourbillon Collection, Jacob & Co., as both watchmaker and jeweler, combines these two worlds with effortless ease, giving birth to luxurious, priceless timepieces... Having started out as a jewelry company, Jacob & Co. has been working in the gemstone trade for more than thirty years. As a result, the brand's gem experts know where to find the best gemstones. (Jacobandco.com)
For $1.6 million, this watch has 827 baguette cut and 455 white diamonds, and an 18kt white gold bracelet case. This watch's true power lies in its physical characteristics: from the hundreds of diamonds to how effortlessly set they are hiding the metalwork below.
This is the type of watch that you would see in a music video/movie, or behind several layers of glass casing at a museum, not just on the wrist of some average person walking down the street. I wouldn't be surprised if this thing could be seen from the moon because of how much it sparkles!
For something a "bit" cheaper, I present you with the Brilliant Tourbillion Hand Wind Watch. It is made with a white alligator band and still has enough diamonds to go around, just not too many to blind you!
Our available watch style doesn't have an outer pink diamond rim like the one displayed above. Instead, our model has a white diamond frame which highlights the pink diamonds in the middle more. I personally prefer subtle color incorporation, but if you like to be bold, a pink diamond-crusted frame one will do the trick.
Having a skeletonized dial makes this watch give off a fantasy floating vibe, which I love! A 44mm 18 kt gold case, sourced crystals, and diamonds individually handset are only some of the many features this watch boasts. Jacob & Co certainly didn't skimp out on the details with this one... which is how it should be since it's still over $1,200,000!
This watch makes me feel like I'm at the beginning of a Pixar movie or maybe even on a ride at Disney World. It's truly a masterpiece- let's take a moment to appreciate all of the tiny details incorporated in the dial! I have never seen anything quite like it.
The Astronomia Tourbillion collection, launched in 2014, has bizarre yet exceptional watches. This one, in particular, has an 18kt white gold case and a blue alligator band. Its multicolored skeletonized dial features an astronomy orbital display. It has a gravitational triple-axis tourbillon and is composed of 365 parts! The base dial itself is set with 257 colored sapphires. The time display on this watch is always kept in a 12/6 orientation no matter what part of the rotation it's on.
While it still has a hefty price of over $1.2 mil, at least you can see the craftsmanship and extreme devotion to detail put in on this one.
Calling all the spider lovers! I am VERY intrigued by this watch, from the spider to the magnesium globe, to the 288-facet "Jacob cut" diamond. For some basic facts about the "Jacob cut" diamond (also featured in the previous watch) read on,
For the Astronomia Tourbillon, the brand developed the 288-facet Jacob-cut diamond. This special cut can be accomplished by only a select few gem cutters, and the rough stone typically starts out double the size of the finished diamond. The facets have to be incredibly precise so the diamond is perfectly symmetrical and round. In the Astronomia Art, the one-carat Jacob-cut diamond rotates on itself in 30 seconds. (Jacobandco.com)
This watch actually has 4 satellites continually turning. The complete see-thru case allows you to see this miniature piece of art from every angle. This watch also has versions featuring dragons, octopuses, horses, and more! This tarantula isn't here to mess around! In fact, silk thread is used to make it look that much more realistic. According to the Jacob & Co website, this watch takes 4 months to construct! No wonder it goes for a little over $1.1 million.
And for our last $1,000,000+ watch, we have the Astronomia Tourbillon Baguette Hand Wind Blue Dial Watch. This watch has just the right amount of bold! It shows the delicate craftsmanship of Jacob & Co while remaining not too over the top! I like that this model just has one color.
It is a cinematic sculpture animated by its four-arm movement construction that rotates and floats through the sapphire and diamond-bound space inside its spectacular case. Full of unparalleled watchmaking solutions and adorned with exceptional finishing techniques, the Astronomia Tourbillon has earned its reputation as an inimitable icon in the field of haute horlogerie. (Jacobandco.com)
There are 342 invisibly set, baguette-cut diamonds serving has a peaceful blue backdrop. In addition, to add even more glitz, 80 invisibly set diamonds make up the lugs.
Artwork is artwork, even if it's just for your wrist...
In researching and studying million-dollar watches, I have had a slight change of heart. I was looking at the price tag with the wrong lens on. Once I put my watch appreciation"glasses" on, I now see the true beauty each of these watches beholds. The same way art lovers will pay millions of dollars for unusual things painted on canvas is the same way watch lovers pay millions of dollars for tiny wrist sculptures.
By choosing to view these watches as artwork (with a bonus of telling time), I now understand their allure. Yes, these watches may be astronomically priced, but they are also remarkably focused on details. After all, containing hundreds of diamonds and other pieces, these watches are built explicitly to catch attention! And they certainly have got my attention...