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May 13, 2021

After Collaborating With Rolls-Royce, Hermès Worked With Bugatti To Produce This One-Of-A-Kind Chiron

After collaborating on a Rolls-Royce with a one-of-a-kind Phantom, French leather artisan now turned their attention to Bugatti, where they helped one customer create his vision of what epitomizes a luxury car. Meet the Chiron habillé par Hermès, a hyper sportscar inspired by artisan craftsmanship.

Created for a customer in the U.S., entrepreneur and real estate investor Manny Khoshbin, the one-of-one Chiron habillé par Hermès had Bugatti’s design team in Molsheim working closely with their counterparts at Hermès in Paris.

The overall color scheme of this Chiron, which is adorned in the distinguishable leather shade of ‘Craie’ made famous by the legendary handbags and other luxury goods to come from Hermès. The off-white, chalk-derived hue envelopes the complete outside of this Chiron; making for one exterior color, when most Bugatti Chrion models consist of two main colors for contrast.

Further to the main exterior color, the rear bumper, all mesh covers, trim parts and Bugatti ‘Classique’ alloy wheels are all finished in ‘Craie’. There are also a number of unique design traits on the exterior of the ‘Chiron habillé par Hermès’ by Bugatti, with the horseshoe grille on the front customized with the Parisian brand’s signature ‘H’ monogram, while its classic ‘Courbettes’ motif, graces the underside of the rear wing. The ‘Courbettes’ design features sketches of rearing horses and was especially chosen by the client to emphasize the immense power output of 1,500-horsepower Chiron.

It gets the optional ‘Sky View’ glass roof, adding two fixed glass panels above the driver and passenger seats, while the exposed engine bay that hugs the top-side of the hyper sports car is the only exterior item not finished in ‘Craie’, save for the ‘Italian Red’ brake calipers and the aluminum-finish door sills.

Inside the ‘Chiron habillé par Hermès’, the theme of individuality is taken to another level yet again. Almost all material used for the interior is crafted by Hermès, with the ‘Craie’ share representing leather of the seats, middle console, inner signature line, roof and rear panel plus the doors’ clasps. The ‘Ecru’ leather around the center console, dashboard and other parts of the interior, developed by Bugatti, combines with the shade of ‘Craie’ in the hyper sports car, while the carpets are finished in the color ‘Beige’. The Bugatti materials involve extensive safety testing to ensure they meet the highest quality regulations.

The use of an original Hermès material, adorned by the ‘Courbettes’ design is reflected inside the Chiron, too – on the middle console plate, the centre console tray and door cards.

From a customer’s perspective, the Chiron habillé par Hermès was a very involved process for the owner. It involved two visits to Hermès in Paris to discuss design, the realization of the interior, and see progress being made. Between the owner, the team at Hermès, and designers at Bugatti, they exchanged hundreds of emails.

This application of Hermès design with automobiles hand-made by Bugatti is not the first time the two French luxury houses have worked together. Before the First World War, Ettore Bugatti commissioned saddles and other leather tack from Émile-Maurice Hermès – grandson of founder Thierry Hermès – and the company’s leather later appeared in racing cars by Bugatti in the 1920s. In 2008, Bugatti paid tribute to the enduring relationship with the ‘Bugatti Veyron Fbg par Hermès‘, associating Bugatti’s technical performance with the expertise of Hermès and its craftsmen.

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