For SIHH 2016, Parmigiani Fleurier is presenting a prestigious addition to the spectacular Bugatti Super Sport Line. Introducing the Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Super Sport Sapphire.
The dial is designed to match the colour of the gold movement visible underneath. In this way, these two levels create a feeling of continuity and harmony. The same reasoning also applies on a decorative level as the base plate presents a vertical line which is echoed in the stripes of the Côtes de Genève decoration on the hour/minutes bridge in the background. The elliptic flange features a design that is wider at 12 o’clock than at 6 o’clock. Consequently, reading the time at different viewing angles is no longer classic and planar, but technical and architectural. The length of the hands has been adapted to this new dial opening and highlights its flange.
The Bugatti Super Sport is an engine block for the wrist, following the same concept as the first creation in the collection. But instead of the tubular shape created by a transverse mechanism, the Bugatti Super Sport adopts a spectacular drop shape, inspired by the lugs characteristic of Parmigiani Fleurier. The movement was designed as a highly complex series of stepped layers and positioned diagonally in the sapphire case. Because of this inclined position, the hour display – which is ordinarily parallel to the movement – had to be rotated by an angle of 90° thanks to a system of double pinions with bevel gearing. This direct reference to the automotive world that has been converted into a watch mechanism is a world first.
Nineteen of the PF374 manual winding movement’s components, including the bridges and plates, are made of red gold to lend the Bugatti Super Sport Sapphire a prestigious air. The movement has a power reserve of 10 days.
The case of the Bugatti Super Sport Sapphire is based on a gold skeletonised structure to which the sapphire sections have been added. These add to the large volumes of the Super Sport line but, by virtue of their transparency, open up the entire movement so that it can be admired by the wearer. The effect created by the translucent shades therefore joins the magnificent technical features of the mechanism, combining aesthetics and watchmaking prowess in a single viewing plane.
Finally, the side crown was the subject of major research as mechanical constraints originally required it to be raised away from the profile, breaking the harmonious aesthetics of the piece. Les Artisans Boîtiers, working together with the Elwin bar turning facility, which both belong to the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking department, designed the most complex dynamometric crown to date – made of no fewer than 12 parts– which is perfectly incorporated into the profile without disrupting the harmony of the piece, and which emerges from the case when pressed in order to wind the movement. This dynamometric crown is also a world first and one of a kind.
We have loved the previous iterations of the Bugatti pieces by Parmigiani Fleurier and the latest model is no exception. It looks absolutely fantastic and is one hell of a drivers watch.
The watch will retail for $897,300 Singapore Dollars.
For more information please visit Parmigiani Fleurier
MOVEMENT PF374 – 18 ct rose gold
Power reserve indication
Power-reserve: 10 days
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21.600 A/h
Dimensions: 25.00mm – 37.01mm
Thickness: 15.96 mm
Barrel(s): 2 series-coupled barrels
Decoration: ”Côtes de Genève“ circular-grained
hand-bevelled main plates
FUNCTIONS Hours, Minutes
Power reserve indication
CASE Shape: Special
Dimensions: 37.1 x 50.25
Thickness: 23.2 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold and sapphire
Water-resistance: 10 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 11 mm
Back engraving: Individual number and ”MODELE UNIQUE“
DIAL Material: 18 ct rose gold
Colour: Black & rose gold
Finishing: Vertical satin
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
BRACELET Material: Alligator
BUCKLE Type: Folding