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OVALE

PANTOGRAPHE

Hand-wound, power reserve movement
Ref: PFH775-1005401-HA3131

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Delicate telescopic hands


For the choice of the oval, the decision was made to eschew a pure ellipse in favour of a basket-handle arch shape, for a more masculine look.


FEATURES

MOVEMENT

  • CALIBRE PF111
  • WINDING Manual
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS 13’’’ x 10 ½''' – 29.3 x 23.6 mm
  • THICKNESS 4.9 mm
  • FREQUENCY 3 Hz – 21’600 A/h
  • POWER-RESERVE 8 days
  • NB OF COMPONENTS 267
  • NB OF JEWELS 28

FUNCTIONS

  • Hours, minutes
  • Date
  • Power reserve
  • Pantograph

DIAL

  • COLOUR White
  • INDEX Transfered
  • FINISHING Lacqued
  • HANDS Pantograph

CASE

  • DIMENSIONS 45.0 x 37.7 mm
  • THICKNESS 12.5 mm
  • MATERIAL 18ct rose gold
  • WATER-RESISTANCE 30 m
  • BACK Sapphire
  • GLASS Back and front anti-reflective sapphire

BRACELET

  • MATERIAL Alligator
  • COLOUR Indigo blue

BUCKLE

  • TYPE Pin buckle
  • MATERIAL 18ct rose gold

OVALE PANTOGRAPHE


This watchmaking marvel, an oval watch with telescopic hands – created by English jewellers Vardon and Stedman – came into the restoration workshops of Parmigiani Fleurier in 1997.


https://www.vimeo.com/171910749

This piece really caught the imagination with its two hands extending and shortening as they skimmed the numerals.

This was the inspiration behind the Ovale collection, characterised by the Pantographe complication whose hands (also known as "pantographs") perform a subtle dance. These hands use the same principle as the pantograph – multiplying a length by a given factor to obtain movement on a larger or smaller scale. The measurement of the cam at the centre of the movement provides the information required to move the hands and the module as they pursue their course around the dial.

The main challenge posed by this piece lay in the cutting and assembly of the delicate telescopic hands composed of fine segments of aluminium. To rivet these together, the skill is in identifying the characteristic "tink" which occurs when the material is altered, precisely signalling the end of the operation. At this point, the segments slide over each other freely, without the slightest play.