Handmade watches lovingly crafted with automotive synergy have always been loved by car aficionados but the Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon takes mechanical precision, beauty and performance to another level.
Beginning with an idea Bugatti and Jacob & Co., the brands decided to reproduce the visceral sensation of the iconic Bugatti W16 engine in a timepiece. Not just a ‘watch’, a timepiece that both wearer and observer can appreciate without distraction.
A watch in honour of the Bugatti Chiron
The challenging creation took almost a full year of development with Jacob & Co. finally presenting the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon, designed to honour the Chiron1 and its legendary 16-cylinder engine in a timepiece. The case is inspired by the flowing lines of the Chiron and the movement, or “engine block,” intended to duplicate the Bugatti engine, is placed under a massive sapphire crystal.
Pushing the right-hand crown of the timepiece, the engine comes to life – the crankshaft turns and the pistons move rhythmically up and down, just like a true internal combustion engine. A pair of unlikely ‘turbochargers’ (down from four in the actual Chiron engine) on the side of the engine block rotate while the timepiece runs. The movement is comprised of 578 components, amounting to the highest level of complication for the development team.
New and challenging development
The incredible flying tourbillon movement is a completely clean-sheet design. Jacob & Co. has been working with its movement suppliers for more than a year to realize this spectacular piece. The top and sides of the watch are sapphire crystal, making every single facet of the watch visible.
In the centre, of course, is the engine block animation. The crankshaft driving this is one of the smallest and most complicated watch parts ever manufactured, made out of one solid steel piece. The movement is completely suspended in four places, with what looks like the actual shocks from the Chiron.
The movement is, in fact, floating inside the case, moving up and down. Framing the engine block are two ‘exhausts’ completing the engine theme of the design.
Aside from the animation, the general theme is puristic – less is more. Beyond the flying tourbillon with the Jacob & Co. logo, the only other branding anywhere on the front of the watch is the subtle EB logo on the engine compartment, where the crankshaft holds 16 pistons, poised and ready for action.
The amazing and seductive Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon is a true engine on the wrist but will cost the wearer a small fortune.
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