Sporting somewhat similar styling to the recently introduced Kalpa Hemispheres watch, the new Bugatti-branded Parmigiani Fleurier Tourbillon will feature a power reserve indicator and an exposed tourbillon escapement with a finely crafted -albeit quite minimalistic compared to jobs offered by such brands as A. Lange & Sohne and Girard-Perregaux- two-point bridge.
It is still not clear, what kind of movement will be hidden behind the elegant matte-black dial and what kind of material the mirror-polished case will be made of.
However, judging by its dial layout, one may infer that the watch will be animated by one of their numerous Parmigiani Caliber PF 500 manual-wind movement derivatives that sport a tourbillon escapement. Beating at a rather slow frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour, the movement not just provides the watch with as many as seven days of guaranteed power reserve, but is also quite accurate for such a slow machine. I just wonder what kind of shock resistance systems they plan to use there, since a watch will probably be subjected to a lot of vibrations coming directly from the vehicle’s dashboard that is rarely experienced by a normal wristwatch.
The Swiss watchmaker claims the Caliber 500 to be the very first 30-second tourbillon movement that sports a central seconds hand and offers such a prolonged time of operation without winding. Of course, there is a power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock, because during a whole week it is easy to forget when you wound the watch last time.
It is known that the new Parmigiani Fleurier Tourbillon wristwatch will be a truly multipurpose timepiece, which is designed to be comfortably worn on a wrist or installed on the supercar’s leather-clad dashboard. Although the whole design is somewhat similar to those that we have seen many times on Porsche dashboards, the level of craftsmanship, the attention to details, and the sheer complexity of the timekeeper will probably make some Porsche owners want to eat their heart out.
If I understand it correctly, the watch can also be docked to other objects of art. And, well, I can already imagine yachts and business jets having their instrument panels modified in order to make it possible.
Although by no means new –the latest example is the bespoke timepiece for the Pininfarina Rolls-Royce Hyperion one-off– the concept is still fascinating, though not really practical. I mean, people who can afford a super-luxury four-door coupe that costs like ten decently loaded Porsche Panameras, can easily pay for a, so to say, standalone tourbillon chronograph for the vehicle’s dashboard.
Also, there is a good possibility that, constantly traveling from the owner’s wrist to the car’s dashboard, the watch will surely need polishing at least twice more often than a normal watch.
It still looks fantastic though and, yes, this is that rare case where a timepiece ceases to be an expensive trinket and becomes an object of art.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4/5
Nighttime Legibility: 3.5/5
Value for Money: N/A
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
Parmigiani Fleurier Tourbillon watch specification
Price range: No data
Movement: In-house movement (probably the same Calibre PF 500 that powers their Kalpa XL Tourbillon model,) Swiss Made
Functions & Complications: Hours, minutes, central seconds, tourbillon, power reserve indicator
Power reserve: No data
Case material: No data, probably white gold or even platinum
Case size: No data
Case height: No data
Water resistance: 100 meters
Strap: A hand-made authentic leather strap
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective