Entirely set with green gems in the KSA!
5-time Ballon d'Or football player Cristiano Ronaldo is the most loyal and most prolific Jacob & Co. ambassador. Portugal's national team captain is the owner of several high complication and high jewelry Jacob & Co. timepieces, including the unique piece he was wearing when arriving in Saudi Arabia: the Caviar Tourbillon Tsavorites. As of January 2023, Cristiano Ronaldo is the new star of Riyadh's Al Nassr, Saudi Arabia's most successful club.
Green being the color of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA) and Islam, Cristiano Ronaldo wore a timepiece that honors his new adoptive country. The Caviar Tourbillon Tsavorites is the most lavish and extensive timepiece set with tsavorites ever crafted. Tsavorite is a type of green, grossular garnet, whose name is derived from the Kenya region of Tsavo, near where it was originally mined.
Green gems hardly lend themselves to extensive setting. Emeralds are too fragile to be exposed on the surface of a watch worn on the wrist. Green sapphires are not deemed satisfactory enough by Jacob & Co, as their hue lacks depth and consistence. Thanks to their intense color, great transparency and deep glow, tsavorites are the perfect fit for the demanding use Jacob & Co makes of it.
Awash with gems! the Caviar Tourbillon Tsavorites is entirely covered in them. A total of 224 gems are set on the surface of the 47-mm Caviar case. 130 more are laid out on the dial and a final 18 on the buckle. These 373 gems total up 38.57 ct of tsavorites. Their roughs have been chosen directly from the mine because of their rectangular-enough shape.
This is demanding and skilled work to the extreme, especially on so large an extent. Jacob & Co. has applied this unique process to the Caviar Tourbillon Tsavorites' case, lugs, crown, dial and even buckle. One last gem, a 1.2 ct rose-cut tsavorite, has been set inside the crown head.
What's more, all the bridges visible on the movement and the entire rotor are set with 338 brilliant-cut, white diamonds. With a total of 1.32 ct, they give the Caviar Tourbillon Tsavorites extra glow and exclusivity on a side that's reserved for its owner, Cristiano Ronaldo, his friends and his family only.