Astonishing Bugatti Watch Operates with a Mini W16 Engine and Costs $280,000

The watch comes with 578 inner pieces and a functioning fuel reserve.
Fabienne Lang
Jacob & Co. Bugatti watchJacob & Co./Instagram

What's the ultimate present for a car-lover? A watch to match their car, of course! Look no further as Bugatti and Swiss watchmaker Jacob & Co. have partnered up again to bring out another masterpiece: the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon.

The Bugatti watch comes complete with a miniature W16 engine, and if that didn't quite do it to impress you, it also houses an astounding 578 inner pieces, a sapphire crystal, four shock absorbers, and tiny moving pistons, amongst other incredible trappings. 

All you have to do is dish out $280,000. Gulp


A watch to rule them all

Here are a few of the magical details of the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watch: The miniature W16 motor actually functions and moves as it sits beneath a sizable blue sapphire crystal. The motor is also suspended by four "shock absorbers." If you push down the right-hand crown, the turbos kick-off, the crankshaft turns over, and the mini pistons pump up and down. It's truly a sight for sore eyes, all encased in a wrist-sized contraption.

Moreover, there's a functioning "fuel reserve" that keeps the watch's 60-hour battery life in check. 

Jacob & Co. is the talented watchmaker behind this spectacular creation, and it took them over a year to create the 578 inner pieces of the watch. The tiny engine lives within a lightweight blackened titanium case that's 54 by 44 millimeters, which all sits over a rubber strap with titanium buckle. 

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? Fire it Up ?Push the right-hand crown of the incredible @jacobandco Bugatti Chiron 16 Cylinder Tourbillon 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” 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 @jacobandco Bugatti Chiron 16 Cylinder Tourbillon timepiece has done something no one has ever even attempted before – seamlessly marrying engines and watches. #jacobandcochiron . . . . . . . . . #jacobandco #jacobandcowatches #hautehorlogerie #hautehorology #inspiredbytheimpossible #bugatti #bugattichiron

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This isn't the first partnership between Jacob & Co. and the iconic Bugatti brand. Both brands' previous Twin Turbo Furious and Epic X Chrono watches also have traces of the French carmaker's DNA in them. However, neither of them is quite close to the standard of the Chiron Tourbillon, nor as pricey. 

The new addition costs $280,000, which to owners of a $3 million Bugatti Chiron may seem like pennies, but to us mere mortals is cause for a minor heart attack. 

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