Wrist Racer: The Bugatti Aerolithe Performance
Sharing its DNA with the mysterious Bugatti Type 57 Aerolithe, the Bugatti Aerolithe Performance is Parmigiani Fleurier’s newest watch born from their partnership with the legendary automaker. Unveiled in 1935, the Bugatti Aerolithe was created from a new magnesium alloy that was lightweight but very brittle and extremely flammable. Needless to say, this model was quickly withdrawn but its iconic design remains an inexhaustible source of inspiration for Parmigiani Fleurier. The double tachometer is a nod to the world of high-speed pursuits, with km/h indications in red and mph in blue in reference to the signature Bugatti colors. This new model adds a rich and textured dial created by techniques only achievable through use of laser technology. The Bugatti Aerolithe Performance is driven by Parmigiani’s PF335 automatic movement equipped with a flyback chronograph and masterfully decorated with Côtes de Genève. Rather than crafting the bezel in white gold like previous models, the Bugatti Aerolithe Performance features a high-polished titanium bezel. Although titanium is rarely finished to a high shine, this case showcases both mirror polished and satin brushed titanium surfaces that provide an exceptional contrast. Not only is this newly released model inspired by the past, it captures the essence of the modern Bugatti as well. Strengthening the link between Parmigiani and Bugatti, the handsome leather strap bears a remarkably similar embossed pattern to the seats of the new Bugatti Chiron. While only a handful of drawings and photographs of the automobile exist, this timepiece pays homage to the lost but not forgotten automotive pioneer.
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