Watches: Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe

By Thierry Ané on November 20, 2013

Long before Michel Parmigiani founded the brand that bears his name, he was already known as an expert in the field of horological restoration. Since then, many historic timepieces he restored have served as a source of inspiration for his creations.

The new oval-shaped collection from Parmigiani Fleurier, named the Ovale, is based on an astonishing vintage pocket watch restored by Michel Parmigiani in 1997. Created by Vardon and Stedmann around 1800, this pocket watch stands out by its unusual oval shape but more certainly so by its telescopic hands. In order to follow the contour of the case, these special hands extend and retract as they sweep the oval-shaped dial.

With the new Ovale Pantographe timepieces, the brand brings us a contemporary take on this historic artefact while keeping its essence intact.

The length of the blue PVD-coated titanium hands of Parmigiani’s new creations changes as they move on the silvered Barleycorn guilloché dial to form a perfect ellipse. The case is crafted in rose gold or white gold, depending on the version. Its proportions have been studied carefully to interpret this traditionally feminine oval shape in a more masculine way. The oval form has been slightly stretched laterally and bevelling has been used extensively to produce angles and straighten the curve a little bit, all of that resulting in a more masculine look.

With a generous power reserve of eight days, the PF111 calibre uses Parmigiani Fleurier’s oldest calibre (the PF110) as a base for the retractable hand module. The movement is finished to the highest standards: the “Côtes de Genève” decorations, the perlage and the hand-bevelled bridges can all be admired through the sapphire case back.

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