Parmigiani may very well be the best watch company in existence today. There are many other makers of fine watches to choose from that have been in business far longer than the 35 years Parmigiani Fleurier’s doors have been open. However, what sets them apart is the reflection of its owner, an almost obsessive dedication to perfection… or as Michel Parmigiani would put it, “the human dimension, family, each person taking responsibility for his or her work, the search for excellence.”
At just 25 years of age Michel would open the doors to his own restoration shop, 5 years later he was charged with the care and restoration of several major collections. A collection with over 500 years worth of priceless pieces of hourlogy. Even some ancient enough that made it to him completely unidentified with no signature or markings to speak of. One such example, created in 1795 was previously considered beyond repair. After 2000 hours work, Michel proved them wrong. This level of passion and dedication has allowed Parmigiani Fleurier to give birth to what is current a 70 piece collection of what some consider no less than perfection.
Enter Parmigiani’s Bugatti Super Sport. Don’t get this confused with the extraordinarily elaborate Bugatti Type 370 which was the first to incorporate a transversal movement (caliber 370) worn horizontally.
This celebration of the redesigned Veyron Super Sport was completely redesigned to incorporate Parmigianis unique PF372 movement. An individual number is engraved on the case back to let you know which of the 30-pieces of this special edition is yours. This manual winding movement has been engineered in two planes that incorporate 40 jewels covered with 6 anti-reflective sapphire crystals. A black carbon face, enclosed in 18 ct satin and polished white gold finish also help keep reflective shine to a minimum.
The Veyron itself may be blindingly quick, but you don’t want to catch an eyeful of bling while enjoying both of these masterpieces at the same time. I very much enjoy super rare and limited edition items and the Bugatti Super Sports fits the description to a tee. If you enjoy them as well then I highly suggest making sure you get your hands on one, as soon as you have a spare $285,000.
Model: Bugatti Super Sport, 30-piece special edition.
Movement: PF 372
Power reserve 10 days.
Two-plane movement. “Gold black”-coloured plates and bridges.
Height 15.96 mm, width 25.00 mm, length 37.01 mm.
Vibration 3 Hz – 21,600 vib./h.
Côtes de Genève, perlage, polished and bevelled angles.
2 series-coupled barrels.
Power reserve indicator.
Exterior: Shaped case: 36.0 x 50.7 mm, height 22.7 mm.
Material: 18 ct white gold. Polished and satin finish.
Water resistance: 10 m.
Six anti-reflective sapphire crystals.
Metallised front and top crystal on the outer edge.
Single dynamometric crown for time setting and winding.
Individual number engraved on the case-back.
Dial: Black Carbon face, fine polished and satin-finished EB applique marker,
shaped and polished applique indexes at 3 o’clock and 6 o’clock,
Bugatti “nail” motifs, delta-shaped hands with luminous coating.
Leathers: Hermès alligator, deployant buckle in 18 ct white gold, polished finish.
Jonathan Gandy was born in San Jose California and raised in the DC area all his life. He dedicated himself to financial and business education through authors like Napoleon Hill, Robert Kiyosaki and Blaine Harris to name a few. He learned that the easiest and quickest way to start doing what he wanted to do was to write. An automotive journalist as well as entrepreneur, John is not only involved in journalism but also shares a passion for fine watches and automobiles. You can read more of Jon’s work at www.Up-Shift.net