Jacob & Co. has released its newest limited edition timepiece spawned out of its collaboration with French hypercar manufacturer Bugatti. The watch pays homage to Jean Bugatti, the eldest son of the company’s founder Ettore Bugatti, and some of the greatest automotive creations penned by him. Born in 1909, Jean Bugatti got interested in his father’s business at a very young age and became an automotive designer and test engineer for Bugatti. However, the Bugatti scion tragically lost his life at the age of 30 while testing the Type 57 tank-bodied racer. The Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti timepiece celebrates the gifted designer’s contributions to the automotive industry along with his out-of-the-box approach towards car design.
The Manhattan-based boutique watch brand claims the new Jean Bugatti timepiece is the most complex horological creation to come in recent years. Unlike the previous Bugatti watches by Jacob & Co., the Jean Bugatti timepiece features a more classical design with elegant retro-inspired styling. Instead of a tonneau-shaped case, the timepiece features a polished round case that measures 46mm and has a round bezel, short and elaborate lugs, a traditional architecture. However, don’t make the mistake of thinking anything about the watch is regular, which is clearly evident by having look at its dial.
The Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti watch gets a retro-themed dial that’s designed to look like the analog dashboard clocks from a classic Bugatti car. There are two large openings at 5 and 7 o’clock under discs of smoked sapphire that will instantly draw your attention. The windows give a glimpse of a pair of beautifully-finished one-minute tourbillons. Made of polished steel, the tourbillon cages are decorated with the Bugatti EB logo.
Right at the center of the dial are two retrograde hands that are there for the chronograph function and not to display time. The two hands work in conjunction with a vertical large window at 6 o’clock and mimic the automotive layout of a gear-select indicator and the rpm counter. The entire complication is so complex that Jacob & Co. is calling it the most demanding watchmaking project ever. The very complex and unique chronograph system has its own barrel that provides it with a two-hour power reserve of high accuracy measurement.
While the center of the dial is occupied with the chronograph hands, the time is indicated with two tiny red-colored inward-pointing peripheral hands that are located on the outside rim of the dial. Powering the watch is the Caliber JCFM09 which is made of a total of 470 components and offers a power reserve of 48 hours. The openworked components are highly polished and beveled and can be seen from the transparent sapphire caseback. The Jacob & Co. Jean Bugatti is available in two versions: a rose gold case and cream white dial, or a white gold case with blue dial, both limited to 57 pieces and priced at $250,000.