Not many people remember the Bugatti Aerolithe, a concept car so ahead of its time yet so flawed (it had a dangerously flammable body) that people were unable to process its many innovations. The folks at Parmigiani Fleurier are not among those people, as their newest timepiece, the Bugatti Aerolithe Performance, seeks to honor the amazing yet unheralded car.
Equipped with an automotive-themed dial, the timepiece has sub-dials at the three o’clock and nine o’clock positions that look a lot more like car gauges than your typical timekeeping layout. Using the outfit’s unconventional laser techniques, the dial’s background comes with a uniquely textured and patterned appearance that really stands out when viewed from up close, too, giving this erstwhile sporty watch a really refined feel.
The Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Performance runs on the outfit’s automatic Calibre PF 335 flyback chronograph movement, which is made up of 311 components (including 68 jewels) with a 50-hour power reserve. It has a 41mm case cut in titanium, with sapphire crystal both front and back, so you can watch the movement at work. Features include a water resistance of 30 meters, lugs sculpted in the shape of the Aérolithe’s dorsal seam, a calf leather band, and folding-style buckles.
Available now, the Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Performance is priced at $22,900.