Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Capitole Waves Rose Gold
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A modern marvel inspired by a 19th century mechanical masterpiece.
The Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation collection is a resource showcasing the genius of watchmaking's "old masters". Parmigiani Fleurier wanted to pay tribute to this unique collection of horological works of art by recreating some of these mechanical wonders in its own manufacture. The unique Toric Capitole Waves, with its sector display and minute repeater, is one of these exceptional timepieces. The watch takes its name from the Capitolium in Rome - the religious and political heart of Ancient Rome - the geometrically spiralling floor tiles of which are reproduced in the pattern of the dial. It takes its design cues from the famed Wandeing Hours pocket watch from Perrin Frères, circa 1800. This legendary pocket watch, known as the most important pocket watch ever made, was restored by Michel Parmigiani 20 years ago and continues to influence and inspire him today.
Inspired by the Wandering Hours 19th century pocket watch produced by Perrin Frères of Neuchâtel (widely acknowledged as one of the most important pocket watches ever made,) the Toric Waves reprises the unusual sector time display, translating it to a movement made by the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture. The PF321 calibre features a module dedicated to the sector display. This module, directly meshed with the hour wheel, incorporates a rotary system comprising three planetary gears with four arms, each end of which bears a numeral to indicate the hour (1 to 12). The time is displayed in a semi-circle on the upper half of the bezel, on a dial comprising 60-minute indexes. The set of discs is driven via a highly complex cam system.
The timepiece's open case-back reveals the PF321 hand-wound mechanical movement and its minute repeater mechanism. Its gongs are known as "cathedral" gongs, a watchmaking term which means they form two sets around the case. This amplifies the acoustic quality compared to the more common single set but makes the watchmaker's work on the housing more complex. The gongs for the Capitole Waves also feature the same blued serpentine design with zebra effect as seen in the Perrin Frères piece. They also diverge from traditional design by achieving their contrasting tones and strength by the use of rods of different diameters (instead of different lengths) and featuring 86 hand-bent curves. To further enhance the beauty of the movement, all screws and bridge bevelling are polished optically flat to achieve a black polish a finish that can only be achieved by a time-honoured hand technique. Parmgiani Fleurier is the first and only manufacturer to incorporate all of these cutting-edge techniques into a single minute repeater movement, an accomplishment only made possible by the collaboration of the Parmigiani Fleurier Restoration Workshop and the Parmigiani Haute Horlogerie Division.
|Case||18k Rose Gold|
|Dial Color||Tahiti Mother of Pearl|
|Functions||Hours, Minutes, Minute Repeater|
|Bracelet Strap||Alligator Leather Strap|
|Clasp Type||Pin Buckle|
|Warranty||Full Factory Warranty|
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