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Believe it or not, this watch has a miniature Bugatti W16 engine

Have a look at Jacob & Co.’s jaw-dropping Chiron Tourbillon

Wear this thing and you have everyone’s attention. PHOTO FROM JACOB & CO.

If you’re into high-end horology, a simple watch movement with a basic time-telling complication just won’t cut it—especially if you have the means to purchase timepieces that cost significantly more than your average sedan. For watch snobs like you, anything short of a tourbillon—that gyroscope-like mechanism that improves accuracy—isn’t worth that split-second glance at the wrist.

So perhaps this latest creation by Jacob & Co. deserves your supercilious attention. Meet the Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon, a watch so special it has a miniature (and working) W16 engine inside its 54mm-by-44mm titanium case.

Rolex owners would look like peasants beside you. PHOTOS FROM JACOB & CO.

That’s right: The movement, which consists of 578 components, has pistons, a crankshaft and “two turbochargers on the side of the engine block that spin while the engine runs, adding to the visual impact.” Imagine that. Sapphire glass surrounds this wrist ornament so you can always peer at the minuscule powerplant.

Which car nut would not want a Bugatti engine inside his timepiece? We know we do. PHOTOS FROM JACOB & CO.

And how much for a watch with a state-of-the-art motor like this one? According to Hodinkee, the price of a single piece is $280,000 (P14.2 million). Yes, twice more expensive than your premium SUV. Picture that kind of value on your limb.

The thing is, you might need to actually own a Bugatti Chiron to look legit. But who cares? PHOTOS FROM JACOB & CO.

If you think about it, nobody needs a watch that’s more luxurious than a cheap Seiko 5. You just need it to reliably indicate the correct time, after all. But then, who are we to judge those who have the capability to splurge on such seemingly wasteful opulence just because they can? Damn, we ourselves would love to have this tourbillon masterpiece. Sucks to be poor, doesn’t it?



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 24 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll. He writes the column ‘Spoiler’.



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