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Bugatti Chiron Sapphire Crystal

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STORY

It started with an idea conceived by Jacob & Co. together with Bugatti - how to reproduce the visceral sensation of the iconic Bugatti 16-cylinder engine in a timepiece.

After almost a full year of development, the answer is here in the form of the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon. Everything is designed to honor the Chiron 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, on display for all.

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ABOUT THE PARTNERSHIP

In 2019, Bugatti and Jacob & Co. signed a multi-year partnership to create unique, never-before-seen timepieces. These watches are true to the spirit of both companies, while taking watchmaking to impossible heights

To inaugurate this partnership led by performance, two timepieces were created. These watches, based on the Twin Turbo Furious and the Epic X Chrono, were directly inspired by the unique design and spirit of Bugatti hypercars.

In 2020, Jacob & Co. and Bugatti introduced new watches in the Twin Turbo Furious collection, and the Bugatti Chiron, a completely new line.

TOURBILLON

The Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon features a 30º inclined tourbillon, the first time Jacob & Co. has ever used an inclined tourbillon. The "flying" part of the tourbillon means that the regulating organ is only supported on one side, so the tourbillon is even more mesmerizing. The 30º inclination makes it easier to admire this incredible complication.

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ENGINE ANIMATION

Here's where it gets interesting: push the right-hand crown of the timepiece and the engine comes to life - the crankshaft turns and the 16 pistons pump up and down, just like a true internal combustion engine. Two "turbochargers" (down from four in the actual Chiron engine) on the side of the engine block spin while the engine runs, adding to the visual impact.

Incredible to see and unbelievably complicated to realize (the movement is comprised of 578 components), the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon timepiece has done something no one has ever even attempted before - to seamlessly marry engines and watches.


POWER RESERVE

The power reserves for the animation and the power reserve for timekeeping are different, yet both are wound through the winding crown, clockwise for the movement, counterclockwise for the engine animation. The power reserve indication for timekeeping even has the universal gas pump symbol on the side of the gauge at nine o'clock.

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MOVEMENT SUSPENSION

The movement is completely suspended in four places, with what looks like actual automobile shocks from the Chiron. The movement is, in fact, floating inside the case -- you can see it move up and down. Framing the engine block are two "exhausts," completing the engine theme of the design.

CROWNS

The crowns for the watch are at the bottom of the case - the left crown sets the time, the middle crown winds both the movement (60 hours of power reserve) and the animation, and a push of the right-hand crown starts the animation.

The suspension of the movement caused an additional challenge for the movement designers, as they had to create (and patent) a special automotive-style jointed transverse system so the crown posts aren't damaged by the movement going up and down inside the case.

The power reserve for the animation and the power reserve for timekeeping are different, yet both are wound through the winding crown, clockwise for the movement, counterclockwise for the engine animation. The power reserve indication even has the universal gas pump symbol on the side of the gauge at nine o'clock.

The Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon from Jacob & Co. is a world-first -- a true engine on the wrist.


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CASE & CRYSTAL

The entire case is made from a single block of pure sapphire crystal, making every single facet of the watch visible. Incredibly difficult to realize, it takes month just to make one case.

At A Glance

A 16-piston, on demand engine animation -- the first time ever in a wristwatch.

578 movement components.

Case shape inspired by the Bugatti Chiron Hypercar, including the horseshoe grill.

Case constructed out of a single block of pure sapphire crystal

Movement suspended in four places.

Special jointed crown posts developed due to the suspension.

30º inclined flying tourbillon. 60 hours of power reserve.

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Technical Specifications

ITEM NUMBER: BU210.80

MOVEMENT: Manufacture Jacob&Co. Manual Winding JCAM37; Size: 41.7x36mm; Height: 15.60mm; Components: 578; Jewels: 51; Shock Protection System: Incabloc; Power Reserve: 60h; Frequency: 21'600 vib/h (3Hz).

FUNCTIONS:

1. Hours, Minutes
2. 1 minute Tourbillon cage 30° inclined
3. "W16 engine" in a sapphire block
4. Animation on demand (pusher on the right) creating a rotation of pistons and crankshaft
5. Power Reserve Indicator at 9 o'clock

CASE: Size: 55x44mm; Height: 20mm; Material: Anti-Reflective Sapphire Crystal; Caseback: Sapphire Crystal; Crowns and Pushers: Sapphire Crystal and Titanium; Water resistance: 30m (3atm).

WINDING & TIME SETTING: Left stem: Time setting; Central stem: Movement Winding (clockwise) and animation (counter clockwise).

STRAP & CLASP: Strap: Rubber; Clasp: Titanium Deployment Buckle.
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