The Billionaire watch collection by Jacob & Co. started in 2015, notably making headlines in 2018, when Floyd Mayweather purchased one for $18 million.
Jacob & Co. has since produced several versions of Billionaire watches. The latest creation, which debuted in late 2020, gets its name from ASHOKA® cut diamonds, named in honor of King Ashoka Maurya, a powerful and benevolent Indian emperor from the third century. With a rectangular shape, rounded corners, and 62 facets, the style has also been called “bullet cut.” The diamonds are set using the sophisticated “invisible setting” method, so none of the supporting metal is visible.
Solitaire Ashoka diamonds with IGI diamond reports are available separately, for anyone interested in the cutting style.
Photo credit: Jacob & Co.
Choose Your Accent
The Billionaire Ashoka is covered with more than 171 carats of diamonds. The crown of the watch, at 3 o’clock, has been seen with different accents, including a rose cut diamond (first video), an emerald (second video) and a ruby, we presume (third video). The watch was most recently dressed with its green emerald accent, presumably because green is popular for luxury watches in Dubai, where the Billionaire Ashoka has been on display.
Video: Billionaire Ashoka
Video: Billionaire Ashoka – Green
Video: Billionaire Ashoka – Red
A Tourbillon for Billionaires
According to Jacob & Co.
The one-minute tourbillon of the Billionaire Ashoka is haute horlogerie’s response to the high jewelry tour de force that surrounds it. With its black mirror polished upper cage – a finishing technique that requires immense patience and dexterity – hand-beveled and hand-polished edges and calculated operation, the tourbillon is the only complication to live up to the breathtaking visual experience of the diamond-set exterior.
Technical Specs From Jacob & Co.
Item Number: BL121.30.BD.UD.A30BD
MOVEMENT: Exclusive Jacob&Co. Skeleton Manual Winding Caliber JCAM23; Tourbillon; Dimensions: 40.05 x 31.67mm; Components: 167; Functions: Hours, Minutes; Tourbillon 1minute; Power Reserve: 72-Hours; Frequency: 21’600vib/h (3 Hz); Jewels: 19; Finishing: Hand-Angled, Sand-Blasted, Drawn Flank.
CASE: Diameter: 53x40mm; Height: 12mm; Material: 18K White Gold; Case set with 38 Ashoka Cut White Diamonds ( 36.86 cts); Crown set with 1 Rose Cut White Diamond ( 0.35 cts); Case Back: Sapphire Glass; Crystal: Sapphire with Anti-Reflective Treatment.
HANDS: Dial: Index set with 11 Baguette White Diamonds ( 0.7 cts); Hands: Skeleton Rhodium.
BRACELET: 18K White Gold Bracelet set with 252 Ashoka Cut White Diamonds ( 151.22 cts)
LIMITED EDITION: Unique Piece.