Parmigiani Fleurier launches a new collection which includes Ovale Pantographe and Ovale Tourbillon. The English jewelers, Vardon and Stedman, created the prestigious oval watch with telescopic hands. This elliptical collection is an inspired departure for the brand and hails from a restoration piece that dates back to 1977. The star highlight of the collection is Pantographe complication with its extendable and retractable telescopic hands that sweep the silver ‘barely grain’ patterned dial. The hands are based on a complicated pantograph – the instrument from which they take their name – and use the same principle of multiplying a length by a given factor to obtain movement on a larger or smaller scale. In other words, a cam at the center of the movement provides the information required to move the hand and adjust it as it moves around the dial.
Another of the compilations that posed as the greatest challenge was the designing of the telescopic hands. The meticulous procedure had to undergo a year of testing at the Lausanne institute of technology to achieve the desired accuracy.
The Ovale Pantographe is powered by hand-wound in-house PF111 movement running at a frequency of 3Hz – 21,600 Vib/h, with 28 jewels and 227 total components. The watch boasts of a maximum power reserve of 8-days (192 hours), the balance of which can be operated via a swan neck regulator. Other features include a central hours and minutes, a large date, a power reserve indicator, applied indexes and numerals with blue PVD coating, “Côtes de Genève” decoration, hand-beveled bridges, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, and water resistance at 30m.
The Ovale Pantographe comes in rose gold or white gold case and buckle, sporting a Hermès indigo alligator strap.
Second, in the collection is the Ovale Tourbillion which combines an ellipse with a round cage and hypnotic oscillation. The PF501 movement is one of the few 30-second tourbillions on the market, rotating twice every minute for increased accuracy. This latest tourbillion is available in rose gold with either a black mother of pearl dial or a white gold dial featuring silvered Cotes de Geneve decoration. It is limited to 60 pieces, featuring 30 of each version.
[Via – Parmigiani]