Roland Iten’s Bugatti edition mechanical buckle for the discerning gentlemen
March 2, 2011
, the manufacturer of unique mechanical men’s accessories, has earlier shown us the hi-precision mechanical belt buckles, and now, they have collaborated with Bugatti Automobiles to create a mechanical belt buckle that is a masterpiece of fine-tuning for the discerning gentleman. Roland Iten has designed a unique mechanical belt mechanism evocative of a fine watch movement – 100 percent made with Geneva watch-making machinery, custom bridges, cogs, wheels, springs and pinions. While the regular belts come in lengths of 90, 100, 110 or 120 cm, the Roland Iten R22 Mk.I-22mm "Bugatti edition" mechanical buckle is micro customizable to any size, whether it is 87.29, 99.45 or 108.98 cm.
The belt buckle boasts an expansion range of 22mm, thanks to a unique reverse engineered "engrenage" invention that sites under the hood. The Bugatti edition mechanical buckle comprises 100 components in solid white gold with rose gold accents, lightweight titanium and stainless steel. Limited to 22 units, the Roland Iten Bugatti belt buckle has been entirely handcrafted, polished and assembled by R Magnin Bijouterie, master craftsmen in hi-precision watch-making in Geneva, Switzerland. Roland Iten says…
I have been working together with Patrick Magnin on the engineering and manufacture of my mechanical buckles since 2002. It's a partnership built on mutual respect and together we have amassed considerable knowledge proprietary to the manufacture of Roland Iten mechanical pieces.
The Roland Iten R22 Mk.I-22mm "Bugatti edition" mechanical buckle uses a patent-pending expansion mechanism that uses flow-guiding wheels to provide a click-free click and minimal friction. The five gears offer the fine-tuning calibration of the belt from 0-22mm. The buckle has a rolling click calibration lock complication, a vertical rotating friction controlled pin and a mechanically leveraged belt insertion clip. Roland Iten further says…
When you turn the ignition of a Bugatti, it doesn't roar into action like so many sports cars, it turns over flawlessly, a sound that reveals the highest level of tuning and results in phenomenal car speeds of over 400 km/h.
The Piece 00/00 in Solid White Gold will debut on the Bugatti Stand at the 81st Salon International de l'Auto et Accessoires Geneve, in Geneva, Switzerland from March 1-19, 2011.