A distinguished powerhouse in the jewellery industry, Jacob & Co offers designs which find
consistent appeal amongst the world’s international elite, from Hollywood stars to high-achieving
athletes. Since 2002, Jacob & Co has been producing fascinating timepieces not shy of Swiss
The founder of the business – Jacob Arabo arrived in the United States from Russia in 1979. He
studied jewellery in New York and established Jacob & Co in 1986. The company’s founding
ambition was to produce extravagant jewellery which would attract the most affluent clientele. It
wasn’t long before the brand rose into stardom, gaining attention of the growing American rap
subculture of the 1990s.
Arabo’s fame and acclaim escalated to peak levels, after the underground hip-hop star Biz Markie
approached the upstart jeweller with an unusual request for a striking signature piece, that would
be easily seen by his fans while worn on the stage. In response, Arabo produced just what Biz had
in mind by creating a large, four-fingered diamond ring which spelled out Biz’s name.
Since then, Arabo became the ultimate jeweller of the hip-hop clientele, earning a nickname ‘Jacob
the Jeweller’. As the the 1990s saw a significant increase in popularity of rap music and growth of
the industry, Arabo’s popularity and profits also expanded. Diamonds were no longer chiefly
associated with brides and successful women, but became the go-to- gem of black and Latino men
who delivered their own flair to the masses.
Jacob & Co’s designs appeal to those with an admiration of all things unique, ostentatious, and
madly expensive. Their ever-widening circle of high-flying clients now includes notable individuals
such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Kanye West, Jay Z and Beyoncé.
By expanding their collection and offering not only striking jewellery, but also remarkable
timepieces, Arabo has been also able to appeal to the most avid watch aficionados with a distinct
In 2002 Jacob & Co released their very first timepiece – The Five Time Zone Watch. An instant
success, it was designed to accommodate the needs of his clients who often switch between time
zones. This luxury watch features five separate time displays: New York, LA, Tokyo, Paris and a
main home time zone.
Four years from the brand’s watch debut, Jacob &Co launched the Quenttin. This luxury timepiece
comes with an impressive 31-day power reserve. It utilises seven barrels, and has a vertical
tourbillon that can be viewed through a side window. This remarkable piece of engineering has
been awarded the Design Award given by New York City’s Travel + Leisure magazine.
In 2014 the company produced yet another impressive watch, the extraordinary Astronomia
Tourbillon. This was Jacob & Co’s Grand Complication masterpiece. The watch is equipped with a
fascinating movement which imitates the movements of the earth and the moon. Furthermore, it
features a triaxial tourbillon with a fiery oscillator at its heart which represents the sun, while the
moon is symbolised with a diamond. This incredible, three dimensional timepiece is presented in a
hemisphere of sapphire crystal. The movement is also visible through large side windows. Aside
from being an impressive timekeeping tool of the highest calibre, it is also a fascinating work of art.
Jacob & Co’s watches are unique for their use of innovative movements, but also for their bold,