• Sep 16th 2010 at 5:58PM
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We've seen all kinds of creative and decorative uses for engine blocks, ranging from coffee tables to wine racks. This one, however, is decidedly more... mechanical.

The German craftsmen at OriginTimes have taken the engine block from none other than the Bugatti Veyron and turned it into a watch winder. The 16-cylinder block incorporates individual winders for (you guessed it) sixteen automatic timepieces, each individually adjustable and programmable according to the requirements of each watch, with each combustion-chamber-turned-watch-winder is lined in soft goatskin leather.

Of course you'd need to have a collection of sixteen automatic wrist watches to warrant the purchase – maybe a couple of Parmigiani Fleuriers among them – but if you've got the €75,000 (nearly $100k, before taxes) to spend on a watch winder, something tells us that won't be an issue.

[Source: OriginTimes via Luxury Insider]


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      • 5 Years Ago
      The real problem is that I'm not sure where to put two of them. It's really tough being this handsome, rich and well endowed.
      • 5 Years Ago
      I thought that a Veyron was a build to order kind of car, where would OriginTimes even get a Veyron engine block to make this out of, and for that matter why?

      It seems like sacrilege to turn an incredible engineering feat like a Veyron into a mere watch winder.
        • 5 Years Ago
        My guess is that the engine block is taken from a wrecked or exterminated, I mean, totalled Veyron. Otherwise, they get blocks that weren't up to snuff and upgraded them. I would worry though, if the Doctor actually had sixteen watches with various incarnations of himself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        A boxer half-block can be stood vertically on end for display purposes, like this winder.

        If it sat horizontally, then the winder can be secured from within the block and that the watch clasps around the winder, so there's no danger of it falling off.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I think it's kinda cool for the Veyron owner who happens to also own a few dozen high-end watches.

        Hell, I could see myself having something like this done with a boxer block, just because it's an interesting intersection between two high-precision mechanical engineering products.
        • 5 Years Ago
        It's the pelican block, you know, the guy who saw the invisible pelican and then drove the car into the water.

        http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9PR_rzF8ofw
      • 5 Years Ago
      Even if I was filthy stinkin' rich I still don't think i would spend money on something like this. I enjoy winding my own watches, and if the need ever arises I'll buy a $300 watch winder. I'll take that $100k and spend it on something worthwhile.
        • 5 Years Ago
        @adrenalnjunky

        You are confused. Self-winding and automatic watches are one in the same ;) I believe you meant to say mechanical watches along with automatic/self-winding mechanical watches. (mechanical movements require manual winding of the mainspring and can't be wound by motion of the watch like an automatic/self-winding mechanical movement just in case you didn't know that) Lastly, the vast majority of mechanical or automatic mechanical movements can be wound by turning the crown. Very, very few can't. This is basic common knowledge for anyone who knows a smidgen about watches. I don't mean to be pedantic, but I hate when someone tries to correct me about something I am very knowledgeable about and not only are they wrong, they know nothing about what they are saying. Thanks,
        • 5 Years Ago
        Watch winders are for high-end automatics or self winding watches - you don't wind them yourself other than by wearing them. If you have several, the watch winder continuously moves them while they're not being worn.
      • 5 Years Ago
      OriginTimes bores me out the Bugatti Veyron
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow, exactly what I've desperately needed for so many years. Thank you, OriginTimes, for your most important contribution to human society. You deserve a c00kie!
      • 5 Years Ago
      it was only a matter of time i suppose...
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'll take two. And I'll use them to power the only watch I'd ever buy. . . the Veyron has a clock in it right?
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