Parmigiani confirmed for me that the special concept watch they made to go inside Bugatti car dashboards (that I wrote about here) is a "no go." Though it was an interesting concept nonetheless. UPDATE: The official like from Parmigiani is that they would gladly work with Bugatti on that convertible watch should the car ever make production. If the car doesn't ever make production, they might still just make the watch - we will see. So focus for the time being with the watch and car brand relationship is on this new piece. The Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport watch comes in a case shaped like the standard Parmigiani curved tear drop lug, and it does have a set of bending lugs in that traditional form. Aside from that, very little about this watch resembles anything Parmigiani. As the brand describes the watch, it is an outlet for them to be a little bit wild and crazy, and play with form and aesthetic. The design of the watch makes it so that the dial it facing the wearer at an angle on the wrist, while the top of the watch is a view of the movement and power reserve indicator.
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I am like the watch paparazzi sometimes. Look what I saw being worn on the wrist of Christophe Claret, the very man who created this watch, and the name on the dial. How cool is that. Master watch maker Christophe Claret waited until last year to put his name on a watch with the Dual Tow, an incredibly impressive luxury watch that I discussed here. The vast details that make this watch interesting I attempted to cover there. There is no point in my spending an hour discussing the complex features and technical merits of the Dual Tow. The watch is a monopusher chronograph with a complex planetary gear system (that you can see), a chime that goes along with pushing the button (using a hammer and gong), a tourbillon, and the time read on rubber belts. All in an amazing watch case fit for a king - and with the price that these custom made limited edition pieces go for, pretty much only fit for a king. The standard Dual Tow watches start via customization on a special website where you choose the look.
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Swiss in design and movement, the watch houses a Ronda 512.S quartz movement that does the job just fine. I appreciate the colorful touch of the red enamel crown which Mondaine "M" logo. Is it just me or is the crown a bit smaller than you want it to be? Not that you need to wind the watch or anything, but I find that slightly larger crowns give watches a more substantial, masculine look. Actually, while perfect suited to be worn on the male wrist, the Railway Giant is easily considered a unisex watch (as most Mondaine Swiss Railway watches are). I have seen women wear it, and it looks good on their wrist as well. At just under 0, but Mondaine Railway Giant is a big value, and a satisfying look for those craving a new way to enjoy an old favorite.