The most technical watch ever created by Parmigiani Fleurier
« Parmigiani Fleurier's Bugatti collection is a bit like the court jester. It dares to do it all, defies limits and explores the field of possibilities without fearing conventions, or the guillotine. »
The Bugatti Type 390 is the Bugatti Chiron embodied in a revolutionary watch. It is the subject of many patents and boasts world firsts that demonstrate the innovative power of Parmigiani Fleurier. The Bugatti Type 390 converts automotive mechanical concepts into the most complex details of its movement, while its aesthetics draw parallels with the Bugatti Chiron supercar. It is an homage to a spectacular partnership and the many common values that unite Parmigiani Fleurier and Bugatti.
The Bugatti watch family is the best illustration of the potential of Parmigiani Fleurier’s Watchmaking Hub. This independent centre of expertise is capable of manufacturing every single watch component and is not afraid to stray from the beaten track in search of innovation. That is why the Bugatti family is much more than a watch stamped with a car logo: they are cars reborn in watch form. Over five years of research and development were needed to bring the Bugatti Type 390 to life, involving the entire Watchmaking Centre.
Inspired by the fluid curves of the Bugatti Chiron, the case is created from gold, (white gold or rose gold, depending on the version). It was created by Les Artisans Boîtiers – one of the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture's divisions; it stands out thanks to its ability to pivot 12° around its drive shaft to ensure it sits ergonomically on any wrist. The remarkable technical sophistication of the timepiece can be admired via the large openings topped with concave sapphire crystals, immersing the viewer in the heart of this complex creation.
Hand-wound type "coaxial" movement
The PF390 movement is formed of seven layers featuring a total of 302 components and is probably the most complex watch movement manufactured by Parmigiani Fleurier to date. This tubular calibre is housed in a cylinder boasting an 80-hour power reserve thanks to its two series-mounted barrels. Its diameter is the same as that of the tourbillon that emerges from the end of the cylinder. The transmission of information from the tubular structure to the dial positioned perpendicular to it is made possible thanks to a worm screw. Moreover, the modular construction of this movement means that it can be removed from its housing just as an engine would be removed from a supercar for important modifications.
Hours, minutes, Power reserve, Tourbillon