Parmigiani Fleurier has unveiled a completely new line of watches – the Ovale collection which is inspired by a restoration piece. The new line features two innovative timepieces: the Ovale Pantographe and Ovale Tourbillon, as well as the ultra-limited edition for a Parisian artist called Andre which is issued in only 10 specimens.
The watch that inspired this line is an old oval timepiece with telescopic hands which was created by the English jewelers, Vardon and Stedman. This exceptional, historic watch that features elliptical form, telescopic hands and the pantograph complication, captured the attention of the Parmigiani’s master watchmakers since it entered the brand’s restoration workshops in 1997.
The star of the new line is the oval-shaped Pantograph with telescopic hands that follow the dial and case’s contours.
Its two telescopic hands are based on the pantograph which uses the formula of multiplying a length by a given factor to acquire movement on a larger or smaller scale. A cam at the center of the mechanism regulates a certain length which is then replicated X number of times across the entire hand. To simplify, the measurement of this central cam offers the information needed to move the hands and set them as they pursue their course around the dial.
The movement is so refined and it provides the minute hand which is never retracted as far as the hour hand. Its titanium hands are blued by heating to over 550 degrees Celsius, while the markers and numerals are crafted from blued (PVD treated) steel.
The movement of the Ovale Pantographe is based on the oldest in-house manufactured movement – caliber PF110 which was designed for the Hebdomadaire line. The new mechanism, named the caliber PF111 with the addition of the retractable hand module, combines a pantograph on a manual movement with an impressive 8 days of power reserve.
This quite interesting wristwatch is available either in a rose gold or white gold case (with the referent numbers PFC775-1000100-HA3131 and PFC775-1200100-HA3131). Their dials are the same, each decorated with a barley grain motif which gives them a relief effect.
The second member of the new Parmigiani Fleurier line is the Ovale Tourbillon timepiece that boasts an ellipse with the well-known round cage and its hypnotic oscillation. This newcomer has a partly open-worked dial where you can enjoy a stunning tourbillon cage. The heart of the watch is caliber PF501 which is one of the rare 30-second tourbillons on the market. It means that it rotates two times per minute to provide the utmost precision.
The watch is housed in oval-shaped rose gold case and it is available in two versions with either black mother of pearl dial or in white gold dial with silvered Cotes de Geneve motif (their referent numbers are PFH750-1003800-HA1441 and PFH750-1204800-HA1441). Both models are produced in limited quantities of only 30 pieces.
The main challenge for Michel Parmigiani and his team was to bring a masculine note to the new line, because the ovale shape was traditionally feminine. I think that they have succeeded.