Watch features Bugatti ‘engine’ with moving parts

W16-style timepiece movement comprises 578 pieces

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Bugatti Chriron Toubillon watch has an engine-like movement made from hundreds of pieces | Bugatti photos

The Bugatti Chiron supercar is powered by a W16 engine. And now, there’s a watch that not only tells time but shares the look and feel of that Bugatti engine. 

“Automobiles and watches have always shared a special link, many car aficionados also love watches,” automaker Bugatti and watchmaker Jacob & Co. said in their announcement of the Bugatti Chiron Toubillon. “Both require the highest degree of mechanical precision, combining beauty and performance in unique ways.

“However, watch movements had never achieved to really capture the feel, energy, and power of a high-performance car engine.”

At least not until now, the auto and watchmaker agree.  This was the challenge.

The watch
The car

After nearly a year of development, the watch has been produced with a case inspired by the car’s design and with a movement — “engine block” designed to duplicate that in the Bugatti. Press on the right-hand crown on the watch and the engine actually begins to move.

Although the actual engine has a quartet of turbochargers, the one beneath the sapphire crystal watch case has only a pair, but the movement/engine is made up of 578 components and the crankshaft turns and the pistons pump up and down “just like a true internal combustion engine.”

In addition to the crystal atop the watch, the sides of the watch also provide viewing of the various movements, which include automotive shock-style suspension of the engine/movement.

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Side view exposes more of the mechanisms
Underside of the watch

Pricing for the Bugatti Chiron Toubillon was not announced.

Bugatti and Jacob & Co. began their auto/watch partnership in 2019 and initially created two timepieces, based on the Twin Turbo Furious and the Expic X Chrono. The Twin Turbo Furious collection is being expanded in 2020 and the Bugatti Chiron line is being introduced.

A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.

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