Parmigiani ‘spine’ Classic Salute To The Genius
No car is more mysterious than Bugatti Aérolithe. Soon after it was first introduced by the Ettore Bugatti at the Paris Motor Show in 1935, this model disappeared from people’s vision, leaving only a few photos, sketches and memories of its mysterious pale green.
All the watch craftsmanship of the Bugatti collection embodies the most amazing and unique characteristics of the car-whether it is form, function or technical means-and transplants this feature to the watch, especially the middle case
But people did not forget the material used in this model-a magnesium alloy called ELEKTRON. This special material caused a huge sensation that year, and even this avant-garde model was sometimes nicknamed ELEKTRON. The body of the Bugatti Aérolithe is extremely light, yet very strong and does not cause dents, but it also easily catches fire and is highly volatile. Therefore, the assembly of automobiles has become a very delicate process. In the welding of components, it is necessary to find an operation method that replaces the traditional process. An ingenious solution designed by Ettori’s son, Jean Bugatti, had a huge impact on the formation of the car’s ‘futuristic’ artistic appearance; in this solution, the body was designed into two vertical sections, two sections They are riveted together by a ‘ridge seam’ structure, which extends from the front end of the car to the rear end. It can be said that the instability of the magnesium alloy-as an obstacle and a challenge, gave birth to the revolutionary design of the Bugatti Aérolithe model, and finally created a ‘futuristic’ artistic style of curved lines and a harmonious bumpiness, becoming a ‘streamline A masterpiece of design. Today, its noble elegance is still breathtaking.
In order for the Bugatti sports car’s genes to be fully displayed on the wearer’s wrist, the Bugatti Aérolithe buckle has also been completely redesigned to reproduce the shape of the car grille.
Although this first and only prototype has disappeared mysteriously, its inspiring creative inspiration has not disappeared. The successor model, Bugatti Atlantic, follows the prototype’s magnesium alloy body and ‘ridge seam’ structure, faithfully reproducing the genius idea of the Molsheim family. Based on this long-lost mysterious image, PARMIGIANI decided to create a Bugatti Aérolithe watch as a tribute to the pioneering work of this extraordinary series of models.
Case: Reshape the ‘ridge seam’ structure
The distinctive feature of the Aérolithe model is the riveted structure that runs through the front and rear. This structure makes the body as a whole, while solving the problem that magnesium cannot be welded, and giving the car a futuristic ‘futuristic’ appearance. Therefore, this feature is reproduced in the four lugs of the middle case and the two chronograph function buttons including the edge shape. The contour line of the watch adheres to the brand’s usual style and has not changed, but the surface design of the lugs and buttons is enough to remind the ‘riveted structure’ of the Aérolithe model. The geometric shapes of these structures are complex, and they need extremely exquisite craftsmanship to create edge structures with strong identification, precise modeling, and no distortion. The lighting effect must be perfect. The grooming work can not be taken lightly, and the complicated structure also happens to leave a little space for polishing the two cut faces of the lugs and the buttons. After a series of professional-level craftsmanship, the craftsmen were able to finish by hand using grooming tools, a meticulous craft that cannot be replaced by any machine.
The brightly colored dial with bright red hands echoes the red and black Bugatti logo at 6 o’clock.
Two-color dial selection: dark blue and mint green
Bugatti Aérolithe has two dials to choose from, one is the charming ‘dark blue’ and the other is the mysterious ‘mint green’. These two dials are carefully crafted by Quadrance et Habillage, the exclusive watchmaker of Parmigiani.
The Bugatti Aérolithe model fully demonstrates the potential of an independent watch factory. As a completely independent watchmaking center focusing on vertical production, Parmigiani’s legend stems from the long-standing good dialogue mechanism and two-way mutual assistance and inspirational tradition between the factories of the center.
When the dial is immersed in the electroplating bath, the electrolytic reaction in it will promote the most popular dark blue, namely dark blue. The plating cell changes after each electrolytic reaction, and only the exact plating reaction can ensure that the tone of each dial is consistent. This precise and repetitive operation requires not only a comprehensive theoretical essence, but also professional vision and keen intuition that have been gained through many years of operating experience.
Mint green and its subtle reflection effect come from the superposition of tones. The metallic silver lacquer base with shining metal texture is processed by electroplating rhodium plating, and the top layer is covered with elegant green varnish. This superposition of color and double-layer plating creates an extraordinary surface reflection effect. The light green and metallic colors complement each other, creating a mysterious and unique ‘mint color’. The brightly colored dial with bright red hands echoes the red and black Bugatti logo at 6 o’clock. This very symbolic color contrast is also reflected in the strap of Hermès embossed blue or yellow calf leather and bright red polished edges. .
Flyback is a complex and unique feature from aviation that allows the wearer to pause, reset, and restart the chronograph with a single touch. Initially, pilots used this function to accurately calculate the flight time for a specific voyage without worrying about the loss of even one second caused by operating the watch. (On a traditional chronograph, the same operation requires a total of two buttons. Press three down to finish).
The unique multi-layer leather strap retains unparalleled ergonomic comfort and flexibility. It is invaluable. Its creative talent and outstanding craftsmanship are at their peak.
Like the Bugatti sports car, the Bugatti Aérolithe watch is equipped with a flyback module, 180-degree offset for easier operation. The timing buttons at 8 and 10 o’clock instead of the traditional 2 and 4 o’clock positions make it easy to operate with your thumb instead of your index finger. The case of the Bugatti Aérolithe is thinner than the case of other chronographs of the brand. The contour line has been redesigned to become slimmer and more elegant, echoing the charming curve of the legendary sports car. The Bugatti Aérolithe watch refines the essence of the car while retaining the essence of the Parmigiani watch; it not only shows the feat of craftsmanship, but also creates a spectacle of aesthetic creativity. This watch has the same contour characteristics as the other models in the entire series, and its modified parts fully meet the brand’s almost demanding standards.
Six diamond cut double leather strap
PARMIGIANI’s new strap with Bugatti Aérolithe adds a new twist to the current embossed calfskin strap, highlighting the masculine elegance of this watch. This new strap accentuates its unique hue with double-layer leather. The upper layer of leather is appropriately exposed with a characteristic cutout six diamond pattern to reveal the second layer of leather. Each of the six diamond-shaped holes is cut with a water jet process. This cutting-edge technology protects the leather while ensuring accurate cutting, and avoids leather damage caused by laser cutting. The two layers of leather are hand-stitched with saddle-shaped needle corners, and the complex embossment adds an elegant charm to the entire watch.
Bugatti Aérolithe watch ‘Three-segment’ round case with Hermes calfskin strap, gold or cutout two-tone leather strap
The light effects of the six diamond straps complement the watch dial. The first Bugatti Aérolithe watch and its ‘dark blue’ dial are paired with the same dark blue / blue-black strap. Carefully matched leather and dial with similar colors echo each other, subtly creating the same color shade contrast effect. The second model is equally impressive, with ‘Mint Green’ showing a unique look in the watchmaking world. The dial is slightly silvery, with a gray / green strap superimposed on a camel / cream base. This leather combination not only reflects the metallic and futuristic style of ‘mint green’, but also has a warm and harmonious tone.
The Bugatti Aérolithe watch has a “dark blue” dial with a tone-on-tone strap that meticulously echoes leather and dial