Watches & Jewellery
FUNCTIONAL YET DAPPER TIMEPIECES FOR THOSE WITH AN AFFINITY FOR SPEED
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Since the invention of motorised vehicles, driving has become a lifelong passion (and a career) for many people. Whether it’s a vintage car, racer or luxury ride, there’s something exhilarating about the roar of the engine, the sound of tyre on gravel and the jolt as the speedometer hits maximum speed. That rush of adrenalin can be complemented with timepieces that offer drivers a little extra when it comes to design and functionality.
Celebrating its 10th year of partnership with Bugatti, Parmigiani is releasing three limited editions of its iconic Bugatti 370 timepiece. What’s unique about this watch is its transverse tubular movement, where the main plates and gears are along a horizontal rather than a vertical axis, so that time is displayed laterally and can be clearly seen by a racing driver when his or her hands are placed firmly on the steering wheel. The first of the anniversary pieces is the Bugatti Mythe, which carries the design codes of the Type 57 grille, which graced the very first Bugatti cars. The watch comes in an 18K rose gold and ruthenium case with a manual-winding movement offering a 10-day power reserve.
Inspired by German motorsport technology, Graham’s Silverstone RS Skeleton series comes in a black Dlc-coated steel case, with a ceramic bezel and a rubber strap. The skeletonised dial of the automatic chronograph offers an exceptional view of the gear wheel and the rhodium-polished movement. A lateral window on the side of the case also provides the wearer with a view of the escapement and balance wheel. Apart from the chronograph counters, the watch also features a tachymeter and the brand’s signature 18K gold crown, secured by a bayonet safety system for automatic locking.