Although I do not often write about Parmigiani, there is no denying that they produce some exemplary watches. The manufacture recently debuted a new collection, the Ovale, and along with it the new Ovale Pantographe watches you are looking at here. According to Parmigiani, the Ovale Pantographe was inspired by an old pocket watch with oval case and telescopic hands that Michel Parmigiani (brand Founder) restored for an English jeweller years ago. Of course such a watch must have been quite intriguing to a master horologist and renowned timepiece restorer such as Michel Parmigiani, and it seems he could not resist the thought of creating such a mechanical complexity according to his own ideals. The result is most impressive.
The Ovale Pantograph comes in either rose gold or white gold.
The hands of the Ovale Pantograph telescope longer and shorter to follow the contours of the oval case as time passes, tracing a perfectly harmonious ellipse. The hands are carefully designed to ensure that the minute hand is never retracted as far as the hour hand, which means, for example, that 12:15 can not be confused with 3:00.
The complication, known as a pantograph, uses the basic principle of multiplying a length by a given factor to obtain movement on a larger or smaller scale via mechanical means. Pantographs have myriad applications, including for the design and testing of watch components; it is really a fascinating technique if you want to read more on it. But on the dial of the wristwatch, the hands…I think this is a first.
Perhaps not surprisingly, the main challenge of this watch was designing and assembling the telescopic hands. Parmigiani watchmakers used laser-cut titanium to create the pantograph components, which as you can see are then riveted together — this is done by hand, and is no doubt a very delicate operation.
Notice also the Silvered “barley grain” dial, applique indexes and numerals with blue PVD coating.
As for the movement, it is made by Parmigiani. It is finished very nicely, by hand. Note the hand-beveled and polished edges on all bridges, some of which have some very graceful curves which make the beveling and polishg work all the more challenging.
The intricate mechanics of the hands admirable. While such complexity from Parimigiani would naturally be expected to be found in the movement — that it is also brought into the hands of the watch brings the Oval Pantographe to a level all its own. An amazing watch, and I encourage you to read more over at Parmigiani’s blog, just click here (more pictures, too)>>>