A backbone structure
No car is more shrouded in mystery than the Bugatti Aérolithe.
The dial is available in two inimitable colourways, one in a captivating "Abyss Blue" and the other in a stunning "Crème de Menthe" which is the Manufacture's trade secret.
Shortly after it was unveiled at the Paris motor show in 1935, this single model vanished from the face of the earth, leaving behind it just a few photos and sketches and the memory of its enigmatic pale green colour. The material used to create it caused a sensation. This magnesium alloy made the bodywork incredibly light and strong, but also dangerously flammable. Its assembly required the traditional welding of parts to be replaced with another technique which would determine the car's futuristic look, made from two longitudinal pieces riveted together using a backbone structure.
The Bugatti Aérolithe is designed in the image of this long-lost beauty. The feature of the rivet crossing the car from front to back has been reproduced on the piece's case middle, the four lugs, and on the two chronograph push-buttons, which are shaped to include an edge. These structures have a complex geometric shape. Considerable expertise is required to create an edge which is marked, precise and free from the slightest deformation. The play of light must also be perfect.
In line with the racing car that it represents, this spectacular creation is equipped with the flyback module, which is specially offset at 180° to make it easier to use.