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.
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.
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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.