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When cre­at­ing the Bu­gatti Aérolithe Per­for­mance, Parmigiani Fleurier was inspired by its beauty and mys­tery; the case is made en­tirely from ti­ta­nium, a me­tal found in the me­te­orites that race through our at­mos­phere. This high-tech piece uses laser tech­nol­ogy to ap­ply fin­ishes be­yond the ca­pa­bil­ity of conventional ma­chin­ing. Un­der­neath the crown and the push­ers, the in­ter­me­di­ate ring dis­plays an “in­verted di­a­mond point” pat­tern, which is im­pos­si­ble to cre­ate by re­mov­ing ma­te­rial with the usual meth­ods. 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. The rhodium-plated in­di­ca­tions were formed us­ing a tech­nique that builds up the ma­te­rial by fo­cus­ing a high-in­ten­sity laser beam on it. 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. Other strik­ing el­e­ments in­clude 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 de­ploy­ment buckle, which is tex­tured to match the dial.

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