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What glitters is gold (and diamonds): New Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon watches

The new timepieces merge the aesthetics of a Bugatti car with the brash design of Jacob & Co.

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He's known as "Jacob the Jeweler" or, if you prefer, "The King of Bling". Jacob Arabo, and his business, Jacob & Co. have been name dropped in rap songs and you've undoubtedly seen his work on some of the most famous people in the world, even if you didn't recognize it as such.

One of Jacob & Co.'s newest bling creations is in partnership with super luxury automaker Bugatti. The Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon brings together the feeling evoked by the raw power of the Chiron super sports car and the artistry of its design into a timepiece. Four new editions of the timepiece, which was first unveiled in April 2020, have been revealed.

Jacob & Co. x Bugatti Chiron Tourbillon

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The new Chiron Tourbillon watch editions are comprised of 578 components that give the watch the appearance of an engine block. An on-demand engine animation is placed under a huge sapphire crystal. Powering the timepiece is a flying tourbillon movement, inclined at 30 degrees.

Each new timepiece has been created to suit its automotive counterpart. The first model is made of a solid block of sapphire crystal with a sapphire crystal caseback, using sapphire crystal for the crowns and pushers, and secured on the wrist by a rubber strap with a titanium buckle clasp.

Just 72 of the second choice are available. It features an 18-karat rose gold case, with a special anti-reflective sapphire crystal, an 18-karat rose gold open caseback, and black DLC titanium crowns and pushers embossed with the Bugatti logo. This version includes a rubber strap with a black DLC titanium and 18-karat rose gold buckle clasp.

The third options, limited to 52 pieces, features a case made of 18-karat rose gold material, set with sparkling white diamonds, with an anti-reflective sapphire crystal, plus an 18-karat rose gold open caseback and crowns and pushers made of 18-karat rose gold and set with baguette white diamonds – again embossed with the Bugatti logo – and secured by a rubber strap with an 18-karat rose gold buckle clasp decorated with white diamonds.

A final piece has a case made of 18-karat white gold set with 391 black and white diamonds (approximately 20 carats). The 18-karat white gold open caseback is matched by crowns and pushers set with baguette white diamonds, with the rubber strap and an18-karat white gold buckle clasp set with 18 white diamonds (approximately 1.76 carats).

The timepieces have been engineered to act in a similar fashion to an engine. Bugatti describes it:

The representation of the iconic Bugatti engine begins once the right-hand crown of the timepiece is pushed. Just like the engine in the hyper sports car would come to life, the 'crankshaft' in the watch – one of the smallest and most complicated watch parts ever manufactured, made out of solid steel – turns and the 'pistons' pump up and down, mounted at varying angles to add to the complexity. A pair of 'turbochargers' on the side of the engine block spin while the powertrain runs, adding to the overall spectacle.

The movement is held in place in four places by miniature Chiron-style shock absorbers. The movement is, in fact, floating inside the case and can be observed moving slightly up and down. This suspension detail created an additional challenge for the watch designers, who had to create and patent a unique automotive-inspired transverse system to ensure the crown posts aren't damaged by the movement in the case.

The crowns are found at the bottom of the case. The left crown sets the time, the middle crown winds the movement and animation for 60 hours of power reserve, while the push of the right-hand crown starts the animation. The power reserve for the animation and timekeeping are separate, yet both are wound through the winding crown – clockwise for the movement (60 hours), counterclockwise for the engine animation (approximately three activations). The power reserve for the movement even features the universal gas pump symbol on the side of the gauge.

Beyond the flying tourbillon with the Jacob & Co. logo, an 'EB' logo from Bugatti adorns the engine compartment. The window to the tourbillon is modeled after Bugatti's horseshoe grille.

Pricing for the watch has not been disclosed.

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A new Texas-themed version of the Jeep Gladiator is on the way.

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Jeep has brought the Gladiator's off-road chops to the trails of the Lone Star State. The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail is another of the the traditional of special edition vehicles for Texans who occupy the nation's largest truck market. It's the first time Jeep has offered a unique-to-Texas truck.

The new model builds on the Gladiator Sport S trim adding 17-inch Mid-Gloss Back Aluminum wheels wrapped in 32-inch mud-terrain tires, four-wheel drive, standard side steps, and the Trailer Tow Group. The Gladiator Texas Trail has a unique hood and decals that feature the year 1836 in the graphic as a nod to the year of the Texas Declaration of Independence. It also wears a black hardtop, black leather seats embossed with the Texas Trail graphic and comes equipped with the Technology Group and Convenience Group packages.

2021 Jeep Gl The vehicle is ready to be fully accessorized to the buyer's wishes.Photo courtesy of Stellantis

2021 Jeep Gl

The Texas-themed model features the buyer's choice of Jeep's new 3.0-liter EcoDiesel V6 engine that's rated at 260 horsepower and 442 pound-feet of torque or the tried and true 3.6-liter Pentastar V6 power plant, which achieves 285 horsepower and 260 pound-feet of torque.

Jeep has badged each of the models with Trail Rated status. To achieve this status, Jeep vehicles must pass extreme off-road capability challenges.

The Gladiator Texas Trail is available in 10 colors: black, white, Snazzberry, Granite Crystal, Sarge, Nacho, Hydro Blue, Firecracker Red, Billet Silver, and Sting-Gray. Jeep recently introduced a Snazzberry-colored Wrangler.

Each Gladiator comes with the Jeep Wave customer service program, which includes three years of maintenance, 24/7 phone/online support, trip interruption/first-day loaner coverage, and VIP access to Jeep events.

The 2021 Jeep Gladiator Texas Trail has a starting MSRP of $40,435 (plus $1,495 destination) and is currently available at Texas dealers.

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The Bentley Residences will be located on Sunny Isles Beach.

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Sunny Isles Beach already owns the distinction as being the home to the most Rolls-Royces at one residence, the Acqualina Resort & Residences On The Beach. Now, a strip of oceanfront land that's halfway between Miami and Fort Lauderdale will be home to a new luxury development designed to fit with the lifestyle of luxury Bentley vehicle owners.

The world's first Bentley-branded residences have been launched in partnership with Dezer Development. They've been designed by Sieger Suarez Architects, a firm that has the Porsche Design Tower (18555 Collins Avenue in Sunny Isles Beach), Trump Grande, and Residences by Armani/Casa in its portfolio.

The tower will be built at 18401 Collins Avenue, the current site of the Days Hotel by Wyndham Thunderbird Beach Resort.

Bentley Residences will contain more than 200 luxury apartments. The building will stand 749 feet and reach over 60 stories high, the same number of floors as the Salesforce tower in San Francisco and Franklin Center in Chicago. It's being billed as the tallest residential tower on any U.S. beachfront.

The residences are built-to-suit domiciles that will include an in-unit multi-car garage as well as ocean and bay views via floor-to-ceiling windows from each apartment. Homes will also have a private balcony, pool, sauna and outdoor shower. Interior amenities will include a gym, spa, whisky bar and restaurant. There will also be communal gardens.

"The modern and progressive brand identity of Bentley Residences is at work in both the tower's interior and exterior spaces, rooted in authenticity, sustainability and innovation," said Adrian Hallmark, Chairman and CEO of Bentley Motors. "We've partnered with Dezer to create a living experience that expresses the very philosophy of the Bentley brand and stays true to our vision of inspiring extraordinary journeys."

Architects have designed the tower to include uninterrupted views of the ocean and the waterways and feature sustainable materials throughout with a focus on wellness. The project is being designed in accordance with the Florida Green Building Council (FLGC) certification. Additionally, designers plan to use reduced coastal lighting to protect endangered sea turtles.

Construction of the residences will begin in early 2023. They are schedule for completion in 2026.

"Partnering with Bentley Motors, a true global luxury brand and being able to create another first in the Miami marketplace is an extraordinary opportunity," added Gil Dezer, President of Dezer Development. "With Bentley Motors, together we will create something inspiring, powerful and iconic – a true game-changer when it comes to luxury living."

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