Cristiano Ronaldo isn’t just the world’s most renowned and highest-earning modern athlete; he’s also a discerning connoisseur of opulent items. His collection spans exclusive cars, unique timepieces, and rare luxuries. Recently, he added another exquisite possession to his assortment.
In a video shared earlier this month, Ronaldo, en route to Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, for his second set of medical tests before joining Al Nassr football team, playfully interacted with fans from a lavish private jet. Amid rumors of his record-brеɑkinɡ $200M salary for the transfer, he sought public support. Notably, he wore an attention-grabbing diamond ring on his right hand and, discreetly, a brand-new wristwatch on his left.
His fresh timepiece is the unique Caviar Flying Tourbillon by Jacob & Co., which enhances his already impressive array of watches. Valued in the мιllιons, this collection includes various one-offs. If not crafted specifically for Ronaldo’s Saudi Arabia transition, the Caviar would retail at $770,000. However, its uniqueness and celebrity connection render its value immeasurable, potentially in the secondary market.
Jacob & Co. proudly describes the Caviar Flying Tourbillon as a masterpiece that blurs the boundary between high jewelry and watchmaking. Indeed, their watches blend the two art forms seamlessly, and the Caviar stands as an exquisite example. Its dial, case, and lugs shine with 388 baguette-cut tsavorites totaling 38.57 carats. Additional embellishments include a rose-cut 1.20-carat emerald on the crown and 338 brilliant-cut white diamonds on the caseback.
Tsavorite, a rare and valuable gem, graces the piece due to its brilliance and its tribute to the Saudi Arabian flag’s green. Sourcing, matching, and setting these gems invisibly posed a challenge, as the watch aims to capture the light in countless ways. Inspired by the opulence of caviar, the piece marries artistry with functionality.
The watch houses the exclusive automatic caliber JCAA43, boasting 216 components, including a one-minute flying tourbillon. This intricate complication, supported on one side at six o’clock, offers a 42-hour power reserve, titanium balance, and anti-ꜱҺоϲk system to counteract gravitational effects on the movement.
With an 18K white gold dial and a sapphire crystal caseback for maximum visibility, the 47 mm timepiece is matched with a green alligator leather strap. It’s not designed for the faint-hearted or those wishing to blend in, aligning perfectly with Ronaldo’s bold persona. The Caviar Flying Tourbillon undoubtedly complements his style, becoming a cherished piece on his wrist for the foreseeable future.