SIHH 2014: Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph

Chrono pushers integrated into the lugs…

Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Watch

Parmigiani’s Bugatti Aerolithe was unveiled in Milan a few months ago alongside Bugatti’s new “Lifeline Collection” of accessories and clothing, but consider it part of the brand’s 2014 stable.  The Bugatti Aerolithe is a gorgeous watch inspired by a Bugatti of the same name.  This watch case (Ti and white gold) has some seriously graceful and flowing curves.  And look at those lugs — yes the chrono pushers are integrated into the lugs.  Some might see it as a bit peculiar, but it is all done so gracefully and aerolithically that I can’t help but like it.

And the dial is also a real beauty.  The deep blue color with a couple red-hands for accent, and a nice small “Bugatti” logo as well.  There are a couple layers to the dial, and finishes as well  — a circular sunray pattern on the outer dial, matte blue inner, and snailed chronograph counters.  And how about that buckle — looks quite like the front end of a Bugatti, doesn’t it?  A matching blue leather strap with red lining — Hermès leather strap, of course — finishes it off.  Exquisite all around.  My only quibble on an otherwise A+ watch in my book would be the tri-date window…sorry not a fan.

Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph

Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe - Bugatti Style Buckle

Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph Lugs

Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Lugs with Integrated Chrono Pushers

Sketch of the Bugatti Aerolithe Type 57 (circa 1935) is in the middle

Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph Sketch