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Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe

Gold movement, “Guilloché ” barley grain dial and "pantograph" hands are the main features of this new watch presented at the SHH 2017.

The genesis of the Ovale Pantographe is well-known. The Parmigiani Fleurier workshops are home to many exceptional examples of the watchmaker's art, including an exceptionnal oval pocket watch dating from 1780, fitted with a system in which two pawls in a cam enable the hands to extend and retract. This technical feat piqued the Manufacture's curiosity, leading it to explore its own ways of solving this challenge. Of course, the antique pocket watch itself held the solution. It was Parmigiani Fleurier's task to transfer it to a wristwatch, which places more demands on this device, highly ingenious though it is, due to the range of positions the watch adopts throughout the day. The challenge lay in finding the perfect compromise between the weight of the components, the balance of the system and the reliability of the watch.

Ovale Pantographe

The Ovale Pantographe revealed another secret: rather than making this architecture – where everything moves – more rigid, it required flexibility. This is true of the "pantograph" hands, articulated structures comprising more than 30 elements in continuous movement. Looking at the dial, they appear static. Yet nothing could be further from the truth. There is only one material in the world, an aluminium alloy with a magnesium base used in the automotive industry, able to meet the exacting specifications, whereby no immobility is permitted.

Ovale Pantographe
To add further complexity to the equation, the manual-winding PF111 Calibre is made entirely from rose gold. It powers the hours, minutes, power reserve (8 days) indicator at 12 o'clock, and the date at 6 oclock. The ductility of the gold proved a major constraint when it came to machining the watch. Similarly, polishing, engraving, and creating a shine on a metal which adheres to the tools used to work it meant that brand new techniques had to be employed.

Ovale Pantographe

The “barley grain” pattern on the dial adds a further touch of sophistication to this refined piece. The indices, replacing the transfers used on the previous model, lend it a richness and brilliance.

With its Hermès strap and rose gold ardillon buckle, the Ovale Pantographe is a limited edition of 50 watches. It is also available in white gold, with the same red gold movement.

Ovale Pantographe

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