Parmigiani : Futuristic design

Bugatti Vitesse

Movement : mechanical hand-wound PF 372,  mainplate circular-grained, sandblasted and chamfered by hand, parts adorned with Côtes de Genève motif Case : titanium, six sapphire crystals, dynamometric white gold crown with lapis lazuli or carnelian cabochon Dimensions : 36 x 50.7 mm Functions : hours, minutes, power-reserve indicator (10 days) Dial : white or orange Texalium  Strap : Hermès alligator leather, titanium folding clasp

Based on the same fascinatingly upside-down concept as the Bugatti Super Sport presented in 2012, with the dial set at a 90° angle in relation to the movement axis, it also features extremely sophisticated design choices in terms of colours and materials aimed at reflecting the Bugatti Veyron Grand Sport Vitesse convertible. The car’s eminently virile and futuristic bodywork is evoked by a titanium case with polished and satin-brushed surfaces. For the sideways-visible dial, the base is in Texalium, a composite material made of glass fibres covered with a thin layer of aluminium, and the hour-markers are tapered to a spindle shape that accentuates the impression of speed. Moreover, two version of the Bugatti Vitesse are lit up by precious cabochon-cut gems set on the crown: lapis lazuli for the white and blue dial; and carnelian echoing the orange dial. The watch is driven by Manufacture PF Calibre 372, a mechanical hand-wound movement with a 10-day power reserve. Featuring a sleek and powerful twin-level design intended to mould the lines of the case, it may be admired from all sides through six sapphire crystals.

Brice Lechevalier is editor-in-chief of GMT and Skippers, which he co-founded in 2000 and 2001 respectively. He has also been CEO of WorldTempus since it joined the GMT Publishing stable, of which he is director and joint shareholder. In 2012 he created the Geneva Watch Tour, and he has been an advisor to the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève since 2011. Also closely involved in sailing, he has published the magazine of the Société Nautique de Genève since 2003, and was one of the founders of the SUI Sailing Awards in 2009 and the Concours d’Elégance for motor boats at the Cannes Yachting Festival in 2015.

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