• Jun 14, 2010
Bovet Ottana Tourbillon by Pininfarina – Click above for high-res image gallery

Over its 80 years of styling some of the world's most beautiful automobiles, Pininfarina has earned its reputation for striking designs. But this one could be the most intricate, if not the most intriguing.

A collaboration with high-end Swiss watchmaker Bovet 1882, the Ottana Tourbillon by Pininfarina embraces some of the oldest and most complicated practices in watchcraft and blends them with thoroughly contemporary touches. The tourbillon movement, as any timepiece connoisseur will tell you, is a highly complex movement developed decades ago to counteract the effects of gravity on a watch's accuracy.

Essentially, the entire movement rotates inside the case once per minute, obviating the need for a second hand in the process. To that, Bovet has added a large date indicator, power reserve meter (the watch can keep time for an impressive 80 hours sitting still) and a minute repeater. All told, the Calibre 16BA01 movement incorporates some 514 parts, most of them crafted from brass. They're housed inside a jumbo 46mm case, available in either DLC-coated steel and titanium or titanium with white or rose gold.

The party trick? The case can be mounted on the strap either forwards or backwards, displaying the intricate movement through the skeletonized face or the caseback, which has an additional dial to display the time on the back. And apparently taking a cue from the dash-mountable watch, which Girard-Perregaux crafted for its Rolls-Royce Hyperion custom, Pininfarina's own watch can be detached entirely from the Alcantara and calfskin leather strap and worn as a pocket watch or used as a desk clock. Impressive, but try not to like it too much. Only 80 examples will be made, each fetching around $300,000.



[Source: Bovet]


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      • 4 Years Ago
      test
      • 4 Years Ago
      If an auto parts store started selling purses and lipstick would AB cover that too? ughh enough already
      • 4 Years Ago
      Please, Santa....I've been really, really good all day.
      • 4 Years Ago
      yet another tangent car piece...

      Seriously, the "******** auto design house creates stupidly expensive watch/pen/luggage" posts just take up space in my RSS feed.


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      • 4 Years Ago
      Yet another timepiece for morons with WAY too much money...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If you managed to make/steal/win millions of dollars... you're seriously going to tell me that you wouldn't buy a very expensive watch just because they're awesome and you can?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Seriously, $300K wouldbuy most cars from the current Ferrari lineup. If you had $300K to blow on something, surely you'd spend it one something that you can use and have fun with every day? If you really need something to tell the time, even $10K would buy you a very nice watch...
        • 4 Years Ago
        Agree with Serge, A guy with the means would be a moron not to own the fine craftsmanship found in some of these high-end timepieces. Besides who are we to decide how a guy spends his money anyway?
        • 4 Years Ago
        Yet another random, anonymous Internet hater...
        • 4 Years Ago
        If anyone knows about fine timepiece, a tourbillon movement is one of the most complicated mechanical feature on a watch. When they start adding other complication, such as minute repeater, power reserved etc, the watch become even more complex therefore more expensive. There are plenty of more watches you probably don't know about that cost much more than this model.
        • 4 Years Ago
        $300k is not that much to spend on a watch. When you hit 7 figures, then THAT is an expensive watch.

        If someone makes $100k a week, then I'm sure they wouldn't even blink at spending $300k on one watch. It's all about perspective.
      • 4 Years Ago
      This timepiece is a loser. It is graceless and barely functional.

      There are many other extreme high end timepieces that manage to be good looking jewlery and functional as well.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, this watch is nearly as accurate as my $30 Timex Ironman! Unless of course you don't wear it for three days.
      • 4 Years Ago
      Wow, nice watch. Like the looks of it.
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