Friday, January 20, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier – BUGATTI Aerolithe Performance Edition















Parmigiani FleurierBUGATTI Aérolithe Performance Automatic Flyback Chronograph Titanium 41 Limited Edition

SIHH 2017

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The mark of destiny

Hiding his work from his father Ettore, Jean Bugatti built the Bugatti Aérolithe, creating it from a highly flammable magnesium alloy that made welding impossible. The body was designed in two parts joined by an ingenious riveted dorsal seam. Shortly after it was unveiled in 1935, this incredible car which fell from the sky - hence its meteorite-inspired name - disappeared from the surface of the earth, its brief passage marked by just a few photographs.

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The dial is split into two parts, and this continues onto the angled section of the bezel, where the indications are a nod to the exceptional performances of modern-day Bugattis. Its textured central section creates a beautiful sense of depth. The ends of the diamond points in the pattern are polished to give the centre a subtle brilliance, while the exterior of the dial is selectively laser sand-blasted. The experience gained from the Senfine Concept Watch proved priceless in achieving something so complex, with the technologies developed for one-off creations serving to benefit other timepieces.

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The counters at 3 and 9 o'clock have keen angles and are finished with a circular satin grain. Once again, lasers were used as satin-finishing within a recess would be impossible. The stepped counter at 3 o'clock is formed of three half-levels, each of which has a different textured effect. Finally, the rhodium-plated indications were formed using a technique which builds up the material by focussing a high-intensity laser beam on it.

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There is a nod to the world of high-speed pursuits in the double tachometer, which has km/h indications in red and mph in blue in reference to the signature colours of Bugatti. The double tachymeter (km and miles) on the minute chronograph counter runs continuously in periods of 30 minutes. So, if you wish to calculate the pace for 1 kilometre during one hour of walking, the figure indicated by the dual-colour hand must be multiplied by two. The concept of applying the performance of a Bugatti to its owner's walking pace juxtaposes measurement of a highly precise, technical time with that of time spent in contemplation, walking rather than racing.

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The Delta-shaped hour and minute hands, the red "1" numeral on the date and the double hand at 9 o'clock all bear the stylistic hallmarks of Parmigiani Fleurier. Other striking elements contribute to the personality of this timepiece, such as the famous lugs featuring the dorsal seam of the Bugatti Aérolithe, the strap inspired by the embossed pattern of the manufacturer's seats, and the deployant buckle, which is textured to match the dial.

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The Bugatti Aérolithe Performance is driven by the proprietary PF335 movement, which boasts a flyback chronograph module. It is decorated with "Côtes de Genève", a classic finish which complements this round watch, buoyed by the energy of the legendary car which served as its inspiration.

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TECHNICAL FEATURES

Model: BUGATTI Aérolithe Performance Titanium
Reference PFC329-3001400-XC1442

MOVEMENT
Calibre PF335
Winding Automatic
Total dimensions 13 1/4''' - Ø 30.30 mm
Thickness 6.81 mm
Frequency 4 Hz - 28'800 A/h
Power-reserve 50 hours
Nb of components 311
Nb of jewels 68
FUNCTIONS
  • Hours, minutes
  • Small second
  • Date
  • Chronograph
  • FlyBack
DIAL
Colour Black
Index Rhodium plated appliques with luminescent coating
Finishing Outside selective sanding, center pointe de diamant
Hands Delta-shaped with
luminescent coating
CASE
Material Titanium
Dimensions Ø 41 mm
Thickness 12.77 mm
Water-resistance 30 m
Back Sapphire
Glass Anti-reflective sapphire
BRACELET
Material Calf
Colour Black

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AUDEMARS PIGUET – HAUTE JOAILLERIE Diamond Outrage 2017


















AUDEMARS PIGUETHAUTE JOAILLERIE Diamond Outrage White Gold – Unique Piece

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DIAMOND OUTRAGE
SIHH 2017

BRILLIANTLY SHOCKING, BOLDLY UNIQUE

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For 2017, boasting the power of her predecessors and hundreds of brilliant-cut diamonds, Audemars Piguet presents Diamond Outrage – the third and final design in the trilogy of one-of-a-kind Haute Joaillerie timepieces.

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After 2015’s Diamond Punk and 2016’s Diamond Fury, Diamond Outrage is a cuff watch of rare, explosive style that marks a shift in artistic Haute Joaillerie watch design. It is presented in two unique 18-carat white gold pieces, fully set either with diamonds or with blue sapphires.

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Glinting with the icy fascination of the Vallée de Joux in winter, Diamond Outrage’s structure is set with precious stones in a brilliant array of cuts. On the full diamond version, the inclusion of three baguette-set spikes shines a vibrant light on the outrageous character of this futuristic design.

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A magnetic fusion of spectacular spikes and hypnotic beauty… Diamond Outrage becomes an explosion of stalactites on the wrist. A cuff watch of sculptural, sensual force, Diamond Outrage reflects the earth’s power to design an outrageous architecture of its own.

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NATURE’S SECRETS
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Diamond Outrage’s distinctive glittering spikes in varying sizes (ranging from 29.30mm to 40mm) are created using the snow setting technique, where diamonds are set so carefully close together that the jewel’s white-gold frame is rendered almost invisible, creating a spellbinding, luminous effect.

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Invisible setting, another rare technique, is used for each of the three distinctive baguette-cut diamond points featured on the full diamond version. Here, linear-cut diamonds appear to float, held perfectly in place as if no setting were required. It takes many years of training for an expert jeweler to acquire the necessary skills and master invisible setting.

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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DIAMOND OUTRAGE – FULL DIAMOND White Gold

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MOVEMENT
Quartz                 Calibre 2701
Total diameter             11.30 mm
(4 7/8 lignes)
Total thickness             2.50 mm
Number of jewels         5
Frequency of the quartz     32,768 Hz
CASE
18-carat white gold case, entirely set with diamonds,
glareproofed sapphire crystal, airtight.
DIAL
Mirror polished dial, blackened gold hands.
FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes.
BRACELET
18-carat white gold bracelet, entirely set with diamonds.
GEMSETTING
9,923 brilliant-cut diamonds; ~50.06 carats.
354 baguette-cut diamonds; ~15.85 carats.


REFERENCE
67700BC.ZZ.9190BC.01
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TECHNICAL SPECIFICATIONS

DIAMOND OUTRAGESAPPHIRE White Gold

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MOVEMENT
Quartz                 Calibre 2701
Total diameter             11.30 mm
(4 7/8 lignes)
Total thickness             2.50 mm
Number of jewels         5
Frequency of the quartz     32,768 Hz
CASE
18-carat white gold case, entirely set with blue sapphires,
glareproofed sapphire crystal, airtight.
DIAL
Mirror polished dial, blued gold hands.
FUNCTIONS
Hours, minutes.
BRACELET
18-carat white gold bracelet, entirely set with blue sapphires.
GEMSETTING
11,043 brilliant-cut sapphires; ~ 65.47 carats.

REFERENCE
67701BC.SS.9191BC.01
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