Monday, February 20, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Aérolithe Performance Titanium

This contemporary mechanical timepiece by Parmigiani Fleurier takes its inspiration from Bugatti Aérolithe Concept car created by Jean Bugatti in 1930s. Crafted from light weight but highly flammable magnesium alloy, the body of from Bugatti Aérolithe car was designed in two parts and joined by an ingenious riveted dorsal seam. However, this classic creation from Bugatti disappeared soon after its debut in 1935 leaving just a few photographs.
The Bugatti Aérolithe Performance timepiece pays tribute to this beautiful and mysterious concept car. Like the car made by Jean, son of Bugatti’s founder Ettore, the case of the watch is made entirely from a modern, light weight material: titanium. In this high-tech mechanical timepiece, the luxury watch manufacture has incorporated laser technology to apply finishes beyond the capability of conventional machining. Underneath the crown and the pushers, the intermediate ring displays an "inverted diamond point" pattern, which is impossible to create by conventional methods.
The dial is split into two parts, and this continues onto the angled section of the bezel, where the indications are a nod to the exceptional performances of modern-day Bugattis. Its textured central section creates a beautiful sense of depth. The ends of the diamond points in the pattern are polished to give the centre a subtle brilliance, while the exterior of the dial is selectively laser sand-blasted.

The counters at 3 and 9 o'clock have keen angles and are finished with a circular satin grain. Once again, lasers were used as satin-finishing within a recess would be impossible. The stepped counter at 3 o'clock is formed of three half-levels, each of which has a different textured effect. Finally, the rhodium-plated indications were formed using a technique which builds up the material by focussing a high-intensity laser beam on it.
The double tachometer scale has km/h indications in red and mph in blue in reference to the signature colours of Bugatti. The double tachymeter (km and miles) on the minute chronograph counter runs continuously in periods of 30 minutes. So, if you wish to calculate the pace for 1 kilometre during one hour of walking, the figure indicated by the dual-colour hand must be multiplied by two.

The Delta-shaped hour and minute hands, the red "1" numeral on the date and the double hand at 9 o'clock all bear the stylistic hallmarks of Parmigiani Fleurier. Other striking elements are the famous lugs featuring the dorsal seam of the Bugatti Aérolithe, the strap inspired by the embossed pattern of the manufacturer's seats, and the deployant buckle, which is textured to match the dial.

The Bugatti Aérolithe Performance houses the proprietary PF335 self winding movement, which boasts a flyback chronograph module and has a power reserve of 50 hours. Bearing 86 jewels, the movement is decorated with "Côtes de Genève” finishes respecting the classic watchmaking traditions.

Technical details
Model: BUGATTI AEROLITHE PERFORMANCE TITANIUM
Reference: PFC329-3001400-XC1442

Movement
Calibre PF335
Winding: Automatic
Total dimensions: 13 1/4''' - Ø 30.30 mm
Thickness: 6.81 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz - 28'800 A/h
Power-reserve; 50 hours
No of components: 311
No of jewels: 68

Functions
Hours, minutes
Small second
Date
Chronograph
FlyBack

Dial
Colour: Black
Index: Rhodium plated appliqués with luminescent coating
Finishing: Outside selective sanding, center pointe de diamant
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Case
Dimensions: Ø 41 mm
Thickness; 12.77 mm
Material: Titanium
Water-resistance: 30 m
Back: Sapphire
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire

Bracelet
Material: Calf leather
Colour: Black

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