Parmigiani Bugatti Type 370 Watch
At present, there are very few manufacturers capable of independently developing and manufacturing vertical gear transmission structures. Due to technical limitations, this technology is only in the hands of a few independent watchmaking brands. Parmigiani launched the Bugatti Type 370 in 2004, which is inspired by the concept car Bugatti introduced in 2005 with a see-through hood, the Veyron 16B. The watch is designed with a vertical axis, including 5 vertically arranged splints, 5 splints supported by several metal brackets, 6 perfectly spliced radian sapphire crystals, and a large barrel on the side of the case can provide continuous watch Power reserve for more than 10 days. Type 370 is currently available in 5 different styles, mainly reflected in the combination of different dials and straps.
In 2010, Parmigiani created a Bugatti Super Sport watch inspired by a Bugatti Super Sport supercar. The combination of flat and vertical displays is undoubtedly a brand new to the famous Bugatti Type 370. Deduction and promotion.
When designing and manufacturing a movement, the most important point is to master the internal space. The loose arrangement of the components of the movement will cause the size of the movement to be too large; the dense arrangement of the components will often affect the overall performance. In the past when small watches were popular, watchmakers made the movement’s gear system very compact. This is to meet the needs of small movements to the greatest extent, while also providing conditions for maximizing the balance. This is because, within a certain range, the larger the balance wheel is made, the larger the inertia of its swing, the greater its ability to resist external interference, and the more accurate the time of the watch.
With regard to the use of movement space, several brands are now developing in a three-dimensional direction. This is not to say that the original arrangement of gears and components is designed to be more three-dimensional and more spatial, but to display the time in a vertical arrangement by completely subverting the traditional arrangement of gears and components. For the traditional arrangement of horizontal gears, the principle of time display is: the power in the mainspring transmits the torque in a horizontal manner through a series of horizontally arranged gears, and is adjusted and converted by the escapement mechanism. The force is regularly transmitted to the level indicating system. The entire process inevitably undergoes a vertical conversion of the force, that is, it is transformed from a horizontal force to a vertical force, and finally it appears in the form of a horizontal force. Although the change of the force direction can be easily achieved through the shaft connected to the gear, due to various factors such as ubiquitous friction, the excess transmission always consumes more or less energy.
The vertical gear system is a form of transmission structure that has been popular in recent years. The designer transformed the horizontally-arranged gear system in the traditional clock structure into a form of vertically-arranged occlusion, and the display system also began to get rid of the traditional horizontal motion display mode and develop in a diversified direction. What are the characteristics of arranging the gear system in the movement vertically? First of all, setting up large and small gears can greatly save the planar area occupied by the mechanical structure of the watch and make the watch look ‘smaller’. However, corresponding to this, the thickness of the watch will increase a lot. Secondly, due to the vertically arranged gear system, the gear shafts at each end of each gear are respectively attached to the small splint perpendicular to the main splint. Unlike the horizontally arranged gear system, all gears are fixed on the same Stable main plate, so if the same gear as the horizontal gear system is also used, it will inevitably cause unstable operation. In order to achieve the ideal stability, the designer made the gear very thick, which increased the stability of the gear engagement and operation. However, due to the increased thickness of the gear itself, the burden on the power system is further increased.