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In 2001, bu­gatti was on the look out for a watch part­ner – one it could match in tech­ni­cal ex­cel­lence, cre­ativ­ity and tech­ni­cal de­vel­op­ment, and Parmi­giani, be­ing a brand with a rep­u­ta­tion of push­ing the lim­its, was an ex­cel­lent choice. In many ways, bu­gatti’s part­ner­ship with Parmi­giani grew out of a shared pas­sion for pre­ci­sion and cre­ative flair, both be­ing masters in their re­spec­tive fields. as an in­de­pen­dent man­u­fac­ture, Parmi­giani main­tains its free­dom to ex­plore and in­no­vate, which cre­ated an en­vi­ron­ment for both brands to work side by side, and in an at­mos­phere con­ducive to cre­ativ­ity.

In 2004, the part­ner­ship pro­duced its first watch, borne from michel Parmi­giani’s visit to the bu­gatti man­u­fac­ture in mol­sheim. he was struck by the im­men­sity of the car’s en­gine, which he un­der­stood was the true heart and soul of the car. Thus, he de­signed and cre­ated a watch in trib­ute of this re­mark­able en­gine, and so be­gan this re­mark­able se­ries of time­pieces that are cer­tainly not for the faint hearted.

The bu­gatti Type 370 over­turned many con­ven­tions in the watch­mak­ing world by as­sem­bling the plates and gears of an im­mense move­ment along a hor­i­zon­tal, rather than ver­ti­cal axis. This al­lows for the time to be dis­played clearly and in easy view for a race car driver, who has his hands planted firmly on the steer­ing wheel. This trans­verse de­sign meant that the watch could not be wound in a con­ven­tional way and in­stead, a de­vice had to be cre­ated on the back of the piece, which would be reg­u­lated us­ing a wind­ing tool that re­sem­bles a pen. This tool emits a force, which can wind the move­ment and set the time – another world first which has since been patented.

This year, in cel­e­bra­tion of that ground­break­ing watch, Parmi­giani cre­ated three limited edi­tion mod­els: the bu­gatti mythe, bu­gatti Vic­toire and the bu­gatti Révéla­tion. It has to be said that th­ese pieces are a de­par­ture from the watches the two pow­er­houses have launched to­gether over the last decade, in that they step away from the tech­no­log­i­cal in­no­va­tions and fu­tur­is­tic spirit that has, to some ex­tent, char­ac­ter­ized the brand. In­stead, th­ese pieces showcase tra­di­tional watch­mak­ing tech­niques in a re­turn to the clas­sics, giv­ing the man­u­fac­ture the op­por­tu­nity to high­light its skills and cel­e­brate its his­tory, as well as michel Parmi­giani’s back­ground as a watch­maker.

The first of this col­lec­tion, the bu­gatti mythe, takes in­spi­ra­tion from the bu­gatti Type 57 and its iconic grille formed with lines, rather than mesh, which graced the very first bu­gatti cars. Th­ese lines can be seen in the de­sign of the watch, which ex­tend down­wards beyond its perime­ter in trib­ute to the grille’s art Deco roots. To high­light the part­ner­ship be­tween ar­ti­san and in­dus­trial tra­di­tions, the bu­gatti mythe fea­tures a dual-color case of mot­tled an­thracite grey for the “in­dus­trial” side, and a bur­nished gold sur­face to re­flect the “ar­ti­san” side, which fuse seam­lessly to­gether for an un­for­get­table ap­pear­ance. This first of the three 10th an­niver­sary pieces sets the stage for a new era of col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the two brands, and a trib­ute to fine crafts­man­ship.

The Bu­gatti Mythe is in­spired by the the Bu­gatti Type 57, in par­tic­u­lar, its iconic grilles

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