Franck Muller Grand Central Cintrée Curvex

Franck Muller presents Franck Muller Grand Central Cintrée Curvex, an exceptional complication watch with a spectacular Tourbillon placed at the center of the timepiece.
In addition to this attractive and surprising decentering, Franck Muller designers and watchmakers had to find an innovative system to display the time in the center of the watch. Thus, they found an innovative way to place the hour and second hands around the Tourbillon cage, highlighting the beauty of the piece. Extremely rare for a Franck Muller Tourbillon collection, the watch holds a self-winding movement, thanks to an eccentric micro rotor, offering 4 days of power reserve.
This beautiful central Tourbillon is housed in a redesigned Franck Muller Grand Central Cintrée Curvex case where the sapphire crystal extends all the way to the bracelet, giving much greater visibility to the dial. Furthermore, the bezel which is separate from the case, allows beautiful two-tone treatments
This design totally changes the aspect of the original Franck Muller Grand Central Cintrée Curvex and fully highlights the beautiful curves of the watch. It also gives full visibility to the dial by limiting the amount of material used on the sides which is technically very difficult to achieve and giving the case a new modern line of life. The open back allows to admire the pure traditional decorations as the Côte de Genève.

Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours

Franck Muller expands their Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours collection by unveiling its new Crazy Hours timepiece dedicated to the sea world. Showing hour numerals in the most unconventional order, the Crazy Hours is one of the most emblematic complications of Franck Muller brand. The collection offers a unique reading of time, thanks to a patented mechanism, that allows the hour hand to cleverly jump from one hour to the next in the correct order. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial. The timepiece shows a creative vision of time, offering emotions to the owner through its clever and complex mechanism. The timepiece features all the seafaring details, from the deep blue to the wind rose adorning the dial. The distinct Vanguard numerals perfectly complement the audacious design of the dial and enhance its high legibility.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours is available in two case sizes: 44 mm x 53.7 mm x 13.7 mm and 32 mm x 42.3 mm x 9.9 mm. The large size model is equipped with self-winding movement FM 2800-CHRS and the small size model features self-winding calibre FM 2038-CHRS.
Franck Muller will present the new Vanguard Crazy Hours collection during its traditional watchmaking fair, the WPHH (the World Presentation of Haute Horlogerie), at the heart of its manufacture in Geneva, from Monday, January 14th to Friday, January 18th, 2019.
The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours collection faithfully reflects the House’s audacity, while bringing a unique aestheticism to the collection. The most iconoclastic complication of Franck Muller: the Crazy Hours, is highlighted in a Vanguard case with sporty curves and colorful numbers applied by hand. The material is into the spotlight, with the brushed stainless steel case and dial. An aesthetic that lives up to the eccentricity of the complication, with the iconic numbers of the Vanguard collection in blue, red, green or orange, that seem to stand out from the brushed stainless steel dial. The luminescent hands match the color of the audacious applied numerals, and the lines of the box have been worked to give it a sporty and modern character.

The Franck Muller Vanguard Yachting Crazy Hours collection, combines boldness and creativity, giving people who wear this exceptional timepiece a new way to read the time. Indeed, since the earliest sun dials, the watch hands have always moved in chronological order from 1 to 12 and the association of the zenith with noon is so strong that nobody needs to recognise the numeral 12 in order to know what time it is. The Crazy Hours offers a new reading of time, showing hour numerals in the most unconventional order. Thanks to a patented mechanism, the central hour hand literally jumps from one hour to the next, respectfully following the randomly numbers on the dial. Thereby, after every 60 minutes, the hour hand would jump to the next correct number. Meanwhile, the minute hand follows a conventional 60-minute cycle revolving around the dial.
Launched in 2003, the Crazy Hours complication has attracted watch aficionados for more than fifteen years in its famous Cintrée Curvex case. It is now presented for the first time in a Vanguard case. The complication comprises a jumping hour module and an automatic movement. While the hour hand jumps to point the correct hour numeral, the minute hand revolves round the dial in a traditional 60-minute cycle. Although the hour numerals seem randomly placed, there is a sequence to the ‘crazy’ hours – each subsequent number is placed at an approximately 120-degree arc away from the preceding number.

Nomos Glashütte Orion

These are watches for a special time. The famous Glashütte classic, Orion, is now available with dials in silver and gold. Nomos Glashütte Orion 33 gold and Nomos Glashütte Orion 38 silver, to give their full names, make the perfect watches for gifting – beautiful, valuable, but not exorbitant. Subtle, with a hint of glamour.

Just when it’s needed? Who knows, we may revive the Golden Twenties after all. A hundred years ago, people celebrated life and an economic boom. Then, just like now, people were looking forward to diving headlong back into life.
Orion harks back to the original Glashütte master design. Not the minimalist design of recent years, but rather a watch made the way aspiring master watchmakers did at the Glashütte School of Watchmaking – with a silver case, hand-polished dial, and indexes applied by hand.
Orion harks back to the original Glashütte master design. Not the minimalist design of recent years, but rather a watch made the way aspiring master watchmakers did at the Glashütte School of Watchmaking.
Available in two sizes, these glamorous yet restrained watches can be worn by everyone. The smaller version flaunts a feminine gold, while its larger silver cousin, bearing golden indexes, can be worn by men and women alike.

Their dials are polished and galvanized (gold- and white silver-plated, respectively), with the faceted applied indexes gold-plated. Perfect to gift together, but naturally each is also available individually. What is more: both versions offer the option of custom engravings.

Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton Replica

The Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton Replica collection from Franck Muller takes inspiration from the world of automotive competition. It houses a stylish engine-turned skeletonized movement.

Inspired by the motorsport engines, the automatic movement and the frame structure of the Vanguard Racing Skeleton have been significantly lightened. To realize this dynamic timepiece, technical materials such as carbon fiber, titanium and aluminum have been chosen. Since Franck Muller first introduced the Vanguard series over five years ago, the collection has leapt forward and become the platform on which new and bold developments are launched. The collection also introduced a new era for the brand, as it moved away from jewellery-centric watches and re-established itself as a fine watchmaking manufacture. Along with the Vanguard, we saw new chronograph models emerge, as well as impressive oversized tourbillons, and delightful revivals of classic Franck Muller complications such as the Crazy Hours. The Vanguard collection reminded the industry at large that Franck Muller was one of the first watchmakers to place the tourbillon on the front of the watch dial, rather than keep it at the back of the movement as with traditional watchmaking. In many ways, his work introduced an era of dynamic high watchmaking to be shown off on the dial.

On the eve of its 30th anniversary, the brand continues to expand on its Vanguard series, with a new model, the Racing Skeleton, hitting stores this quarter. The watch sets the Vanguard collection’s bold and definitive looks in the style of a motorsport-inspired machine, delivering a sexy timepiece with hidden chassis enhancements that are not immediately evident at first glance.
At the heart of the Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton Replica is the FM 2800-DT movement, a three-hand caliber that’s a foundation movement used previously in other Vanguard Racing models. The movement is fully skeletonised this time around and visible through the front of the watch, which has a secondary see-through crystal within the watch showing the central seconds and the gear train that lies underneath.

The watch differs from other past Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton Replica models such as the Grande Date or Gravity. A central seconds ring, which supports the seconds display at the centre of the dial and under which a skeletonised date display rests, is attached to the case via the hour markers, which alternate between angled bars and cut-out Arabic numerals. The movement sits below this layer, with four bridges that support and protect it against shock and are screwed to the back.

While the hour and minute hands run in pretty much the same way, the seconds hand is a different matter altogether. The start of the seconds run is at six o’clock rather than 12, much like the speedometer of a vehicle. This reposition may not seem like much, but it has a very significant effect when it comes to looking at the watch. For example, the minute shift that takes place as the seconds hand passes “59” now occurs at the base of the dial rather than the top, and the date jump is similarly scheduled.
Four case variations are available, in rose gold, steel, carbon or titanium. The watch has a suede strap with a rubberised back, which is also attached to the watch case via two screws rather than a standard spring bar. Thus, the strap appears to merge into the case, rather than sit around it, giving it a seamless appearance in design. Motoring enthusiasts will find this a charming addition to their collection. The Vanguard Racing Skeleton features hours, minutes, seconds and date. The central seconds counter, thanks to a smoked sapphire glass, provides an accurate display while allowing great visibility of the movement. The seconds indications start from the bottom instead of the top as in an automobile rev counter, allowing the owner to read the seconds from both ends of the hand. The white hand with red tip and the bicolor second indications further reinforce the idea of a rev counter, making you want to push the hand into the red zone. To further accentuate the skeleton design, the date numbers have also been fully skeletonized. The strap is subtly integrated into the case with the help of two unseen screws, instead of the regular spring-bar technique. The rubber inside the strap effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist, combining comfort and aesthetics, while the Alcantara suede reminds the covering of a sports car cockpit.

Breitling Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46

Back in 2020, Breitling introduced the Breitling AVI REF. 756 Re-Edition. With this limited edition of 1,953 pieces, Breitling created a rather faithful reproduction of the original 1953 AVI 765, albeit with a modern engine under the hood. However, the Breitling Super AVI B04 Chronograph GMT 46 takes a different path. It’s a big, bold and rugged take on a classic and timeless design!
The 2021 Breitling Super AVI B04 46 Chronograph GMT 46 has a case with a generous diameter of 46mm. The case is crowned by a bi-directional bezel with an engraved 12-hour scale, in either stainless steel, or black ceramic for the Mosquito. The case is water resistant up to 100m, and fitted with sapphire crystals both front and back.
The Breitling Super AVI B04 46 Chronograph GMT 46 is available in four versions. Each sees it’s colors inspired by a historical aircraft. The Breitling Super AVI B04 46 Chronograph GMT 46 Mustang is arguably the most restraint, with a black dial with tone-on-tone counters and warm beige SuperLuminova on dial and hands. The Corsair takes on a colder and more technical look with its blue dial, black strap, and white numerals. The Curtiss Warhawk has a green dial with contrasting sub dials. The Mosquito adds another twist to the design with its black ceramic bezel, and black dial with silver sub dials. All in all, each of the Breitling Super AVI B04 46 Chronograph GMT 46 has a character of its own, and we’d be hard-pressed to pick a favorite!
The Breitling Super AVI B04 46 Chronograph GMT 46 is powered by the brand’s in-house caliber B04. A variations of the highly-regarded B01, this self-winding movement has a column-wheel actuated chronograph with vertical clutch, and an additional 24-hour hand which can be moved independently forward or backwards in one-hour increments. A true travelers watch!
On November 17th, 2021, inside the NAEC’s new Victor N. Agather STEM Innovation Hangar, located at the Dallas Executive Airport, Breitling announced the debut of a contemporary collection of Pilot’s GMT Chronographs — designed with input from active pilots — inspired by the original 1953 Breitling “Co-Pilot” Ref. 765 AVI watch, and in homage to four iconic vintage fighter planes: the North American Aviation P-51 Mustang, the Vought F4U Corsair, the Curtiss P-40 Warhawk, and the de Havilland Mosquito.
Breitling’s aviation heritage began in the 1930s when Breitling’s Huit Aviation department made its name inventing precision cockpit clocks for the then-nascent field of aeronautics. Two decades later, in 1953, Breitling introduced the world to yet another novel flight instrument, this time in wearable form. The Ref. 765 AVI pilot’s watch was an instant hit and a first of its kind that inspired many others. Beloved by aviators, it quickly became known as the “Co-Pilot.”
In 2020, Breitling also launched the AVI Ref. 765 1953 Re-Edition, which is a rather faithful remake of the 1950s Breitling timepiece — fitted in a conservatively-sized 41 mm x 13.95 mm case that’s designed to appeal to watch collectors — while the new Super AVI Pilot’s Chronograph is a resolutely modern design, presented in a sturdy, oversized 46 mm x 15.9 mm case (51.5 mm lug-to-lug).
Introducing the Breitling Super AVI B04 46 Chronograph GMT 46 collection, available in four stainless steel and one 18K gold reference. Each watch is powered by a Breitling B04 caliber in-house movement and has the respective vintage aircraft that it’s named after printed directly on the glass of the screw-in sapphire caseback. All versions come with a thick top-stitched calfskin leather pilot-style strap, that measures 24/20 mm, and is secured by a folding clasp. The four stainless steel references weigh 140 grams including the strap (116.9 grams head only).
The Super AVI Curtiss Warhawk, with its olive military-green dial, white contrasting chronograph counters, and red accents, derives its aesthetic from the namesake’s famous shark-mouth nose art that gave the plane its unmistakable identity, the timepiece (Ref. AB04452A1L1X1) is paired brown calfskin leather pilot’s strap retails for $10,100.
The Super AVI Vought F4U Corsair features a blue dial, tone-on-tone chronograph counters, and a black leather strap (Ref. AB04451A1C1X1) which retails for $10,100 and that according to Breitling, “take their design cues from the characteristic livery of the record-breaking naval aircraft” thanks to a unique folding wing design.
Last is the Super AVI de Havilland Mosquito that features a combination polished and satin-brushed black ceramic bezel and a black dial with white contrasting chronograph counters and is paired with a brown leather strap. Its red and orange elements recall the roundels and markings found on the versatile plane, dubbed the “Wooden Wonder.” Unlike the other four references, which have stainless steel (or gold) bidirectional ratcheted bezels, with black pointer and numerals — the Mosquito bezel features a black ceramic bezel, which is presumably why it costs $150 more than the other three stainless steel models.
Breitling in-house COSC-certified chronometer caliber B04 movement (adjusted to a rate of -4/+6 before being cased up) powers all five Super AVI models. The 4Hz automatic movement measures 30 mm x 8.3 mm, has 47 jewels, and has a rotor mounted on ball bearings that wind the mainspring in both directions for faster replenishment of the maximum 70-hour power reserve. The integrated chronograph mechanism uses a premium column-wheel and vertical clutch configuration, the latter of which prevents the second hand from jumping when started and that reduces amplitude loss during chronograph operation. A regulator index is used to calibrate the watch rate, as opposed to a free-sprung balance wheel that offers watchmakers more precise control when regulating the watch.
Each of the Super AVI B04 GMT Chronographs has been designed with pilots in mind, and just like with many Flieger watches — the cases, crowns, dials, hands, and markers have been intentionally enlarged to enhance legibility while actually flying. Interestingly, this new design not only takes inspiration from historic Flieger watches but also from Type XX watch designs of the past.
In spite of having chronograph (12-hour, 30-minute, 60-second), small seconds, date, GMT, and 12-hour bezel functions, the Super AVI B04 GMT Chronographs maintain highly legible dials — which is a prerequisite for any proper pilot’s watch. An oversized, screw-locked, pilot-style crown allows pilots to control all watch functions — with the exception of the bidirectional rotating 12-hour bezel. Even with gloves on, the ridged crown and knurled bezel can be operated with minimal effort and distraction while flying.
Using the 24-hour inner bezel (similar to how the Rolex GMT-Master II’s 24-hour outer bezel functions), the red arrow-tipped 24-hour GMT hand can be used to track a second-time zone. The quick setting local hour hand (traditional 12-hour hand) can be set via the crown in one-hour increments, while the 24-hour GMT hand is set without one-hour jumps.
One of the unique design elements of the Super AVI B04 GMT Chronograph is the 30-minute chronograph counter, located at 3 o’clock, which has luminous hash marks every five minutes. The reason for this, according to Breitling, “Measuring elapsed time, and reading the minutes is a key feature for navigation. Historically, a pilot would regularly, at identical intervals (3 min or in our case 5 min) take coordinates that would help him track his advancement. The lume on the 5 minutes divider markers of the 30-minutes chronograph counter enables the pilot to read these intervals, which obviously is of great help.”
Taylor Stevenson, one of the many highly-skilled pilots on-site (and in the air) for the Dallas launch, aptly pointed out that “With a map, a compass, and the AVI pilot’s watch, I can navigate anywhere in the world.” This is important to note, especially considering this watch is being marketed as a tool watch designed for professionals.
Breitling has delivered a luxurious timepiece that harkens back to its aviation history, while also being completely modern, and the tie-in to four iconic vintage fighter planes will surely appeal to pilots and aviation enthusiasts alike. If a smaller watch with throwback aesthetics is your preference, the 2020 Re-Edition is likely a better choice. Make no mistake, the Super AVI cases are large — similar to many IWC pilots’ watches — and the reason is that they are designed with real aviation use in mind. The prices are large as well, although you do get an in-house movement with a unique combination of a chronograph, GMT, and 12-hour rotating bezel — greatly enhancing the utility over a more common three-hand pilot’s watch.

Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton

The Revolution series of tourbillons by Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton represents some of the most ambitious, radical and astonishing achievements in the history of contemporary watchmaking. Today, Franck Muller unveils the Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton, that offers an exceptional technical spectacle as well as emotions only to be found at Franck Muller. Featuring a breathtaking skeleton movement, this timepiece stylishly reveals openworked black bridges and red aluminium indicators that allows to observe one of the most beautiful mechanism in all of Horlogerie. This triple axis tourbillon corrects the force of gravity in all positions, contrary to a classic tourbillon which only compensates it when the wristwatch is in a vertical position. This complex system of carriages is a technical marvel and is the result of one of the most complex creations in Haute Horlogerie.
Dominating the lower half of the movement, the extraordinary triple axis tourbillon slowly turns through the one-hour, eight-minute and 60-second cycles of its respective three carriages. This highly complex mechanism makes the Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton a wonder of precision and above all a masterpiece of micromechanics. Power flows from the gear train through all three carriages to activate the balance wheel five times each second. As the Revolution 3 has three carriages, the gear train has significant resistance to overcome. So as to provide an abundance of energy to drive this triple axis tourbillon, the movement was given a massive 10 days of power reserve. Furthermore, there are two retrograde indications at 4 and 8 o’clock for the progression of the eight-minute carriage and the 60-second carriage. Housed for the first time in a Vanguard case, this timepiece features a unique sapphire dome on the front and back of the watch, allowing to further highlight the magnificent triple axis tourbillon.
The Vanguard case, made of grade-2 titanium, is treated with black PVD coating. The strap, made of red Alcantara, effortlessly takes the shape of the wrist and perfectly complements the red decorations on the movement and the Vanguard case.
Wholly designed and manufactured in-house, the futuristic design of the Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton is a mechanical treasure showcasing the exceptional know-how Franck Muller manufacture.

The new Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton comes with Franck Muller’s 5-year tourbillon warranty and is delivered in a very special box with an automated opening system.
The triple axis tourbillon of the Franck Muller Vanguard Revolution 3 Skeleton corrects the force of gravity in all positions, contrary to a classic tourbillon which only compensates it when the wristwatch is in a vertical position. This complex system of carriages is a technical marvel and is the result of one of the most complex creations in Haute Horlogerie.

Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton

Since Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton first introduced the Vanguard series over five years ago, the collection has leapt forward and become the platform on which new and bold developments are launched. The collection also introduced a new era for the brand, as it moved away from jewellery-centric watches and re-established itself as a fine watchmaking manufacture. Along with the Vanguard, we saw new chronograph models emerge, as well as impressive oversized tourbillons, and delightful revivals of classic Franck Muller complications such as the Crazy Hours. The Vanguard collection reminded the industry at large that Franck Muller was one of the first watchmakers to place the tourbillon on the front of the watch dial, rather than keep it at the back of the movement as with traditional watchmaking. In many ways, his work introduced an era of dynamic high watchmaking to be shown off on the dial.

On the eve of its 30th anniversary, the brand continues to expand on its Vanguard series, with a new model, the Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton , hitting stores this quarter. The watch sets the Vanguard collection’s bold and definitive looks in the style of a motorsport-inspired machine, delivering a sexy timepiece with hidden chassis enhancements that are not immediately evident at first glance.
At the heart of the Franck Muller Vanguard Racing Skeleton is the FM 2800-DT movement, a three-hand caliber that’s a foundation movement used previously in other Vanguard Racing models. The movement is fully skeletonised this time around and visible through the front of the watch, which has a secondary see-through crystal within the watch showing the central seconds and the gear train that lies underneath.

The watch differs from other past Vanguard skeleton models such as the Grande Date or Gravity. A central seconds ring, which supports the seconds display at the centre of the dial and under which a skeletonised date display rests, is attached to the case via the hour markers, which alternate between angled bars and cut-out Arabic numerals. The movement sits below this layer, with four bridges that support and protect it against shock and are screwed to the back.

While the hour and minute hands run in pretty much the same way, the seconds hand is a different matter altogether. The start of the seconds run is at six o’clock rather than 12, much like the speedometer of a vehicle. This reposition may not seem like much, but it has a very significant effect when it comes to looking at the watch. For example, the minute shift that takes place as the seconds hand passes “59” now occurs at the base of the dial rather than the top, and the date jump is similarly scheduled.
Four case variations are available, in rose gold, steel, carbon or titanium. The watch has a suede strap with a rubberised back, which is also attached to the watch case via two screws rather than a standard spring bar. Thus, the strap appears to merge into the case, rather than sit around it, giving it a seamless appearance in design. Motoring enthusiasts will find this a charming addition to their collection.

Jacob & Co. Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti

Last August, Bugatti unleashed a souped-up version of its Chiron supercar on the Ehra-Lessien test track in Germany, with factory test driver Andy Wallace behind the wheel. Epic does not begin to describe what happened next.

Not only did the car break the mythical 300 mph barrier (304.773 mph, to be exact), it inspired the French carmaker to build the Bugatti Chiron Super Sport 300+, a production model available in a limited edition of 30 examples—which now, thanks to Jacob & Co., has its own commemorative watch, the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+.
Start with the fact that the watch, which is encased in an asymmetrical tonneau-shaped frame made of forged carbon and black titanium (to match the car’s exposed carbon-fiber bodywork), houses a grand complication movement composed of 832 parts, in addition to the 88 parts that comprise the case.
As functionality goes, the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+ has some pretty unconventional bells and whistles. It features not one, but two accelerated triple-axis tourbillons made of black titanium. Then factor in its rarefied take on the minute repeater: Unlike traditional versions of the chiming mechanism, which sound on the hours, quarter-hours and minutes, the one inside the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti 300+ is a decimal repeater, which chimes the number of 10-minute intervals after the last hour followed by the minutes.
The model also boasts a monopusher chronograph equipped with a “reference time” indicator in the center of the dial that displays the difference in seconds in comparison to a reference time—an homage to the pit boards in motor racing.
Unique and mystical. The famous Bugatti Type 57 SC Atlantic from the 1930s is considered amongst experts to be a masterpiece of automotive engineering. Only four vehicles were hand-built between 1936 and 1938. The fourth car built, Jean Bugatti’s private vehicle, disappeared without trace around 1938. It is not clear whether Jean Bugatti sold the car to a racing driver friend or whether, as a more probable scenario, it was sent to a safe region when the German army invaded Alsace in 1940.
This spectacular car with the name La Voiture Noire1 (“The black car”) has been legendary ever since, an unsolved mystery. Experts estimate that the car would be worth over 100 million dollars if it were ever to be discovered. That would make it the most valuable car in the world. In honour of the Type 57 SC Atlantic, Bugatti created the La Voiture Noire in 2019. A unique Gran Turismo for a Bugatti enthusiast, who paid 11 million euros (net) for the car.

To honor this new hyper sports car and the legend of the original, Jacob & Co. is introducing the one-off Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti La Montre Noire. Encased in 18-carat black gold and set with natural black baguette-cut sapphires, resulting in an unique all-black aesthetic. This timepiece captures the spirit of the two remarkable cars and links the grand complication of the Twin Turbo Furious watches with the unique history of the La Voiture Noire.

The dynamic and extremely comfortable Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti La Montre Noire matches Bugatti’s high standards of performance and excellence, while also fulfilling the Bugatti promise of versatility for which the brand is renowned.

Unique gem setting
The case made of 18-carat black gold is invisibly set with 344 natural black sapphires. Even the black gold and black titanium deployant buckle is set with these beautiful gemstones. Setting the black sapphires in the ergonomically designed case is a complex task, but one that Jacob & Co.’s expert gem setters are more than qualified to do. These shimmering shards of the night sky underline the homage of this unique timepiece to the greatest automotive mystery of all time.

Furiously complicated
In the world of watchmaking, the presence of a tourbillon in a watch’s movement places the piece among the elite. Jacob & Co.’s Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti La Montre Noire sets itself apart from this rarified group, incorporating two accelerated triple-axis tourbillons into its striking design. The tourbillons work to compensate for the effects of gravity on the precision of the movement.

Even the case of the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti La Montre Noire is super complicated – the case alone is comprised of 88 parts. The grand complication movement is made up of 832 individual parts. It is incredible to consider that many parts coming together, and amazing to see in action.

A decimal minute repeater
Minute repeaters are the most prized complications by collectors and they are among the most difficult complications for watchmakers to conceive. Nevertheless, Jacob & Co. sought to push the boundaries of what was considered technically feasible when bringing the Twin Turbo Furious to life. Most minute repeaters conform to the hours, quarter hours and minutes standard, but the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti La Montre Noire chimes on demand in ten-minute intervals after the hours and before the minutes, a decimal repeater that is very rare in high watchmaking. In fact, you can count the number of manufacturers presenting decimal minute repeaters on one hand and have a few fingers left.

Planetary gear power reserve
The power reserve is displayed on the dial side at six o’clock. Thanks to an ingenious planetary system comprising a differential gear mechanism, the hand points to a full power reserve on the left, then moves to the right as the 48 hours of reserve winds down. The watch is wound up through the crank placed on the crown at three o’clock.

Monopusher chronograph function with reference time
With the Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti La Montre Noire, Jacob & Co. goes even further by adding a very specific monopusher chronograph function. Embodying the brand’s determination to always seek new solutions or to create never-before-seen functions, the chronograph is equipped with a “reference time” indicator. Inspired by pit boards in motor racing, the reference time display is located in the centre of the dial, indicating the difference in seconds in comparison to a reference time.

The original La Voiture Noire is the most astonishing automotive puzzle of all time. The new unique Twin Turbo Furious Bugatti La Montre Noire pays tribute to this legendary and mysterious car in a modern, grand complication timepiece.

Founded by Jacob Arabo in 1986, Jacob & Co. creates revolutionary timepieces and exquisite jewellery that have captivated celebrities and notables from the watchmaking world and dazzled on fashion’s red carpets and cover shoots. Thanks to its unique talent for creating designs that are both innovative and spectacular, the company has grown into one of the most recognised luxury brands in timepieces and jewellery.

At the heart of the company is the passion, the drive and creative force of founder Jacob Arabo. With a respect for traditional craftsmanship and artistry and an ability to envision and realise exquisite jewellery and unique timepieces, Jacob makes the truly extraordinary a reality through an alchemy of edge and elegance that is at the core of the company. www.jacobandco.com

About the partnership
In 2019, Bugatti and Jacob & Co. signed a multi-year partnership to create unique, never-seen-before timepieces. These watches reflect the spirit of both companies, while at the same time 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 Epic X Chrono, were directly inspired by the unique design and spirit of the Bugatti hyper sports cars.

This year, Jacob & Co. and Bugatti are introducing new watches in the Twin Turbo Furious collection as well as the Bugatti Chiron, a completely new product line.

Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon Baguette

Sometimes owning a multi-million-dollar supercar isn’t enough. Some folks also need a diamond-encrusted replica of the engine mounted on their wrist as well. This is why Jacob & Co.’s Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon Baguette Black and Orange Sapphires watch exists.
In partnership with Bugatti, noted luxury watch brand Jacob & Co. has just released a highly technical watch inspired by the absurdly powerful Bugatti Chiron. The tourbillon houses a blinged-out miniature reproduction of the Chiron’s W16-cylinder engine.

Sporting 190 baguette white diamonds, 169 baguette black sapphires, and 42 baguette orange sapphires invisibly set in an 18k white gold case. To properly fix the stones in the case, Jacob & Co. stated that the get-setters used new proprietary techniques and advanced technologies.

The 55mm by 44mm case sports the similar flowing lines of the Chiron and a few Bugatti logos to make the watch’s inspiration clear. Inside the case is a replica of the Chiron’s 1,500 horsepower 8.0-liter 16-cylinder engine, with 16 tiny pistons and a steel crankshaft that actually move as they do in the real engine. To complete the illusion, two turbochargers spin in tandem with the cylinders (two less than the actual car, but likely two more superchargers than you’re wearing right now). Framing the engine are two “exhausts” which complete the theme.
It’s equipped with Jacob and Co.’s 578-component JCAM37 manual winding movement, which is suspended in four places with parts reminiscent of the Chiron’s automobile shocks. The shocks are visible through the sapphire crystal window and provide a 60-hour power reserve that’s indicated by the gas pump symbol on the side of the gauge (because why not).

Even the crowns pay homage to the famed supercar. Set into the back of the case like exhaust pipes, the left crown sets the time, the middle crown winds both the movement and the engine animation, and the right-hand crown starts the animation.
Yes, it is an extremely gaudy and intricate timepiece, but if you’re a Bugatti fan, subtlety is probably not your thing anyway. While most people aren’t in the market for a watch in this price range, it is a beautiful example of artwork, engineering, and design. Just like the car that serves as its inspiration.

If black and orange sapphires aren’t your thing, the watch is also available in black, blue, or grey titanium, rose gold, and diamond baguette versions as well as one with a case made entirely out of a single block of sapphire crystal.

Jacob & Co.’s Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon Baguette Black and Orange Sapphires is going for $560,000, which is a steal compared to the 3 million dollar supercar on which it’s based. Good thing you loaded up on all that Dogecoin.
Jacob & Co. continues its partnership with Bugatti with another Chiron-inspired watch. Differing from its first few stealthy carbon iterations, this 18K white gold tonneau case now sees 190 baguette white diamonds, 109 baguette black sapphires and 42 baguette orange sapphire — all invisibly set.

The watch is once again fitted with Jacob & Co.’s 578-components, manual winding JCAM3 movement that features a 16-piston animation and two “turbochargers” (down from four in the actual Bugatti Chiron engine) that spin when activated. The movement also has a 30-degree inclined flying tourbillon, a 60-hour power reserve, a “fuel” power reserve indicator, and real suspension shock absorption.

This precious stone Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron engine watch is under the brand’s “Pièce Unique” category so pricing is currently available upon request.

Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon

Ever since the first automobiles competed for the fastest times, watches and cars have been inexorably linked. Car aficionados love watches, revelling in the mechanical precision, beauty, and performance of both. But, watch movements couldn’t really capture the feel, energy, and power of a high-performance car engine. That is, until now – Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon .
Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon
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 Jacob & Co. 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 to see.
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 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.
First off, 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. Most captivating, 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 pistons, challenging to fabricate in their own right, are mounted onto the crankshaft at varying angles to maximize the show.

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 inside. Framing the engine block are two “exhausts,” completing the engine theme of the design.
Aside from the animation, the general theme is 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 entire watch is oriented to showcase the spectacular movement, facing it forwards so you can show your friends the 30º inclined tourbillon and the animation. The window to the tourbillon is modeled after the iconic horseshoe grill of Bugatti hypercars.

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 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 three o’clock.

The Jacob & Co. Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon from Jacob & Co. is a world-first – a true engine on the wrist. Fun Fact: The Bugatti Chiron hypercar is named after Louis Chiron, an Equipe Bugatti member and one of the greatest pre-World War II drivers.