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PARMIGIANI. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY INNOVATIVE LIMITED EDITION 18K WHITE GOLD CYLINDRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH TEN DAY POWER RESERVE AND BLACK DIAL
PARMIGIANI. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY INNOVATIVE LIMITED EDITION 18K WHITE GOLD CYLINDRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH TEN DAY POWER RESERVE AND BLACK DIAL

SIGNED PARMIGIANI, FLEURIER, MODEL BUGATTI TYPE 370, NO. 08/50, CASE NO. 11908, CIRCA 2004

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PARMIGIANI. A VERY RARE AND HIGHLY INNOVATIVE LIMITED EDITION 18K WHITE GOLD CYLINDRICAL WRISTWATCH WITH TEN DAY POWER RESERVE AND BLACK DIAL
Signed Parmigiani, Fleurier, Model Bugatti Type 370, No. 08/50, Case No. 11908, circa 2004

With nickel-finished 37 jewelled lever movement, with 10 day power reserve indicator on a wheel, spread between five plates arranged along a horizontal axis, the vertically set black dial with the Parmigiani and Bugatti logos, applied baton numerals on silvered chapter ring, luminous delta hands, in cylindrical case of oval outline set onto a curved rectangular backplate with crescent-shaped sides, the movement visible through five sapphire crystals at the top, sides, back and reverse, together with an 18k white gold Parmigiani double deployant clasp, case and dial signed Parmigiani and Bugatti, movement signed Parmigiani
Overall length 52 mm. and 20 mm. high

Lot Essay

US$90,000-115,000

This watch is accompanied by the original Parmigiani presentation box with outer packaging, International Guarantee, User's Manual, adjustment and winding tools and an additinal maker's black leather strap.

The "Bugatti Type 370" introduced in 2004, is a very good example of Parmigiani's expansive creativity. Moving away from the traditions and designs of classical watch making, the "Bugatti Type 370" represents the first transversal movement. This wristwatch was inspired by the famed Italian car manufacturer Bugatti, founded by Ettore Bugatti, the son of the famous sculptor Carlo Bugatti, who was himself an artistic carpenter and produced his first automobile in 1901. This watch features a case design inspired by the sleekest of sport automotives designed by Bugatti such as the "Veyron", introduced in 2000 as a concept car. The engine-inspired movement contains five separate plates and double rim-shaped wheels all resting upon silent blocks. The complexities of the design are revealed by five surrounding sapphire crystals. The ten-day movement employs an interesting pen setting mechanism for setting and winding that transmits energy to the watch via a clutch mechanism, a spherical differential and conic gears.

The "Bugatti Type 370" is limited to a total production of 150 pieces, 50 each with red, silver or black dial. The present watch, No. 08/50 with black dial, is the first to appear at auction. The number "8" is a very auspicious number to many Chinese-speakers as, phonetically, it sounds like the word "to prosper".

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