Luxury French automaker Bugatti has joined forces with Swiss luxury watch brand Parmigiani Fleurier once again to create a unique timepiece. Baroque Access finds out all the details
This is not the first time that Parmigiani Fleurier and Bugatti have worked together, but this new collaboration, an exceptional $300,000 timepiece inspired by the 1500 horsepower Bugatti Chiron hyper car, is something quite unique. The association between these two prestigious companies began in 2004 and their collaboration has produced numerous exceptional timepieces in the past 13 years. In addition, Parmigiani was one of the first luxury horologists to create complicated timepieces in very unusual shaped cases. Coupled with an automaker that is famous for its exceptional cars, this makes a winning combination.
When the two luxury brands created the new Bugatti Type 390 timepiece, they created a masterpiece that mirrors the mechanical genius of the Bugatti Chiron that was launched in 2016 and is internationally acclaimed as one of the most extraordinary hyper cars in automobile history.
The watch has been called “an engine block on the wrist” – and for good reason. It boasts a new cylindrical flying tourbillon movement, the Caliber PF390, as well as a patented triangular barrel coupling system that has been patented and has an 80-hour power reserve.
The watchcase has a most distinctive shape, in keeping with the unique shape of the Bugatti Chiron. It measures 57.7mm by 42.2mm and uses an innovative mechanism that lets it pivot through a 12 degrees to fit perfectly on any size wrist.
This beautiful timepiece has been engineered to be unlike anything that has come before it. With its planetary gear system, torque limiter, bevel gear differential, tiny ball bearing that is the smallest in the world, flying tourbillon and numerous other exceptional features, the Bugatti Type 390 is quite unique. It is certainly not just an ordinary timepiece.
The limited edition Parmigiani Bugatti Type 390 is available in rose gold or white gold. There are only 10 pieces in each type of gold, with a price that falls just short of $300,000. Well worth the price for a masterpiece of engineering and invention.