Hand-wound watches are not yet extinct. Winding your watch clockwise between thumb and index finger to intricately transfer the measurement data to the electronic control system with more feeling and control gives you a sense of achievement than one can never achieve with its automatic counterpart. Combining the age-old concept and modern technology, Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier has teamed up with French crystal maker Lalique for a new interpretation of clock 15 days.
The limited edition table clock has 15 days in the power reserve until the next winding is needed unlike traditional watches where power reserve varies between 2 to 8 days. It also comes with an indication of the power reserve on the winding barrel, which is Parmigiani Fleurier’s patented innovation.
Another unique feature is that while the clock employs two separate keys for winding and time adjusting, they both operate through the same opening. This is the result of a double square within the same axis. The keys are then combined and kept in a drawer integrated to the base of the clock in such a manner that it seems hidden.
The clock stands out with its brilliant contrasts between flat and curved, shiny and satiny. The face of the clock consists of two sunrays lacquered blue dials. The larger dial depicting the hours and minutes has a smaller dial located at 12 o’clock showing the seconds. The Lalique signature is also immediately recognizable in the Coutard motif, the sanding and the luminosity.
The Lalique crystal panels are like magic doors that conceal and reveal at the same time the extraordinary 15-Day Table Clock. This casing of light and transparency invites us to take a closer look at the incredible mechanics of time and the extraordinary chasing, polishing and precision work by the master watch and crystal makers.
Offering an unobstructed view of the inner workings of the clock are three panels in very fine mineral glass crystal (less than 2 millimeters thick), much finer than the threshold usually tolerated for forging crystal. The cabinet is made using 1 kg of 925-sterling-silver and is Rhodium-plated to avoid any oxidation.
It took years of research and labor to develop this work of art featuring over 180 hand-assembled parts.
This exclusive Clock 15 days limited edition is available in three different crystal colors: classy white, deep blue or red. For each version, Parmigiani will be producing 15 pieces in total, with a rhythm of 5 clocks per year till 2015 available for £66,500 (approx . $1,11,222). Parmigiani Fleurier Lalique Special Edition 15-Day Table Clock also exists as a one-of-a-kind piece in black Lalique crystal with a black dial.