Important Modern and Vintage Timepieces

New York, Dec 07, 2011

LOT 180

PARMIGIANI ?BUGATTI? WHITE GOLD & DIAMONDS PIECE UNIQUE Parmigiani Fleurier, "Bugatti - Type 370," Piece Unique, case No. 23706. Made in 2007, sold January 27th, 2008. Accompanied by the original fitted box, travel box, certificate of origin, instructions and automatic winding pen. Extremely fine, rare and unusual, rectangular curved, movement constructed in the shape of an automotive engine encased in an oval-shaped cylinder, 18K white gold and diamonds driver's wristwatch with 10-day autonomy (displayed on a graduated drum) and an 18K white gold Parmigiani double deployant clasp. Accompanied by the original fitted box, travel box, certificate of origin, instructions and automatic winding pen.

USD 100,000 - 150,000

CHF 90,000 - 130,000 / EUR 70,000 - 105,000

Sold: USD 122,500

C. Eight-body, solid, polished, transparent top, sides and back to view the movement, bezel set with 28 tapered baguette diamonds (approx. carat weight 3.1), case back with 4 screws, sapphire crystals. D. White gold with oeil-de-perdrix decoration, applied white gold EB (Ettore Bugatti) logo, luminous white gold baton indexes on a matte black outer reserve. Luminous white gold alpha hands. M. Cal. PF 370 oval mounted on silent blocks, rhodium-plated, 37 jewels, straight-line lever escapement, monometallic balance, shock absorber, self-compensating fl at balance spring, double-barrel. Dial, case and movement signed. Dim. 32 x 50 mm. Thickness 19 mm.

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Grading System
Case: 2

Very good

Movement: 1

As new

Dial: 1-01

As new

HANDS Original


Launched in 2006 as a revolutionary advancement in watchmaking, the movement used a lateral, rather than vertical, bridge formation allowing for a larger barrel and 10-day power reserve. The watch is both wound and set to the underside via specially designed nodes and comes complete with a ?starter key?. The key, in the form of a pen, can itself be wound and then inserted into the winding hole to automatically wind the watch, the reverse end of the pen is used to set the time. Unlike anything seen previously both in mechanics and aesthetics the movement can be viewed while the watch is worn creating a functional work of art for your wrist. The Bugatti Type 370 was inspired by the world?s fastest road car of the same name and can be considered the ultimate driver's watch. This unique piece was requested in person to Mr Parmigiani and created using 28 baguette diamonds of IF-VVS quality, the accompanying certifi cate also confi rming their purchase from legitimate sources.