“I am a true Bugatti aficionado – I wanted to name my son ‘Ettore’ but my wife disagreed” – Manny Koshbin
Full-time landlord and part-time YouTuber Manny Koshbin really loves Bugattis; he has got three of ’em currently, including the special Chiron we’re seeing here. It appears that he also loves the French luxury brand Hermès as he has also got the Pagani Huayra Hermes Edition and Hermès McLaren Speedtail.
He took the delivery of this Chiron habillé par Hermès a year ago and both Manny and Bugatti have now shared a little story on how this was all put together. The exterior of the hypercar is finished in a leather-ish shade named ‘Craie’ — an off-white chalk-derived hue that also covers the intakes and the wheels. The signature horseshoe grille at the front features the Parisian brand’s signature ‘H’ monogram, while its classic Courbettes motif graces the underside of the rear wing. The rearing horses also represent Chiron’s 1500 metric hp. Red calipers add the necessary contrast.
The order of this special Chiron involved two visits to Hermès in Paris to discuss design, the realization of the interior and see progress being made. Between myself, the team at Hermès and designers at Bugatti, we exchanged hundreds of emails. I took my time to draft the car and that was very much a conscious decision – this is a car that I will one day hand down to my son, it will live for generations. – Khoshbin
The cabin too follows the exterior theme with most of the parts covered in Craie leather and a shade of Craie named Ecru. The Courbettes design can be found on the door cards and on the centre console, which I think looks really tasteful.
Those blue dials on the steering wheel add a subtle contrast against all the creaminess. Interestingly, this 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 Bugatti racing cars in the 1920s.