If you haven’t already heard, Bugatti just dropped yet another supercar of our dreams. The Bugatti Chiron — in all its brilliant blue glory — is capable of an unbelievable 1,500hp and a top speed of 420kph. On a drag strip, you’ll also find yourself flying to 100kph in 2.5 seconds. While other watch brands would make do with re-badging an existing model, a car of the Chiron’s calibre just had to have its very own watch.
Launched in tandem is the PF-Bugatti Type 390 Concept Watch, it has big shoes to fill as its horological sidekick. However, Parmigiani Fleurier is no stranger to high-performance; the Swiss luxury watchmaker has had a longstanding relationship with Bugatti, collaborating on a handful of exotic timepieces that complement the French carmaker’s exceptional timepiece collection.
As with the Chiron’s remarkable weight-to-power ratio, Parmigiani also attempts this feat by reducing the watch’s “engine” to the size of the cylinder, such that its diameter is no bigger than the tourbillon regulator. This tubular engine — completely removable from its receptacle — will have a unique co-axial movement, thanks to its rectangular and tube-shaped design. The flat area, which houses the hour and minute hands, is dedicated to the display of time. This means that majority of the components are housed in the tubular area. This coaxial concept enables each of the movement’s functional sections to work together (just like a car’s motor).
And because this isn’t your traditional timepiece, Parmigiani has replaced four components — trigger piece, humper, lever and lever spring — with but one clamp rod. This winds two barrels (again, mirroring the Bugatti’s two fuel tanks) that are coupled directly in series, and powers a gear train that is axially-mounted instead of the traditional flat configuration. The result of the intricate process is a flying tourbillon regulator that beats at an impressive 4Hz.
The gently sloping face of the watch not only reflects the sensual sloping lines of the Chiron, it’s also thoughtfully implemented to complement your driving experience by making it easier to read while on the road. However, seeing as that car is practically a road rocket, we really wouldn’t encourage looking at the time while behind its wheel.