By Trupti Mulajkar & Arjun Sekhri — April 15, 2013
Parmigiani and Bugatti have been partners since 2001. In 2006 Parmigiani introduced the Bugatti 370, a driving watch based on the Bugatti Veyron. So it was natural for Parmigiani to take some of its creative inspiration from this years Veyron Super Sport Vitesse collection. An enviable vision of engineering and beauty meshed into a super car. Michael Parmigiani introduced these two new collectors’ timepieces to their Bugatti collection at the 2012 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance which is considered to be prestigious festival of classic automobiles. The watch company released a rose gold version of the Super Sport timepiece keeping in line with the design subtleties of the high performance automobile making it a perfect driver’s watch.
This exclusive new timepiece sports Parmigiani’s unique PF372 movement, which is described to be the world’s first movement that includes a double-pinion system with bevel gearing, and a complex mechanism which allows for the time to be displayed perpendicular at a 90 degree angle. The watch is specifically designed this way to resemble the car and so that when you’re driving, you can check the time without having to turn your wrist and take your hand off the wheel. This manual winding movement has been engineered in two planes that incorporate 40 jewels and 6 sapphire crystals.Titanium has been used for the case with polished and satin contrasting finishes. The dial is made of Texalium, a material that combines fibre glass and aluminum, because it is more reflective than carbon fiber.
The second watch which also made its debut appearance is inspired from the Veyron grand Sport Vitesse convertible that was launched at the Geneva auto show in 2012. It’s the first of its kind light weight titanium cased watch in Bugatti’s eminent collection. The price range for this collector's timepiece is in the vicinity of USD 225,000.
Along with these 2 collector's timepieces, a restored Bugatti T57S Electron Torpedo with magnesium body panels was also showcased.
by SRINIVASA PRASAD
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