Give your wrist an elliptical flair with Parmigiani Fluerier’s Ovale Pantographe

Give your wrist an elliptical flair with Parmigiani Fluerier’s Ovale Pantographe

Do the oval twist

Text: Angelyn Kwek

Eschew the commonplace circle and go oval with the Parmigiani Fluerier Ovale Pantographe

Cleverly adopting an 18th century oval pocket watch's proportions into a contemporary wristwatch was a genius stroke Parmigiani Fluerier has perpetuated into their brand profile, and it was a move that sent the horology community into a flurry of excitement. In being the exception to the rule, the maison has developed exacting technicalities that work around the unique silhouette of the collection known as the Ovale, giving prominence to the famous 'extend and retract' pair of hands that lengthens and shortens accordingly to the time of day on its elliptical watch face.  

Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe

Ingenious is probably what you're thinking, and how else is the Swiss manufacture going to up the ante on this device? Via a grand reveal at SIHH 2017, the new Ovale novelties now sport a guilloché barley grain dial and a gold movement, pushing an even more tactile appearance to the fore as the articulated hands — requiring more than 30 components to function in a continuous movement — juxtaposed against the finely embossed silvered watch face entreats one to take a closer look. Deceptively static at first, a thorough examination clues in on the amazing flexibility of the Ovale, kitted out in an extremely exclusive aluminium alloy used in the automative industry that bestows the timepiece its mobility. Fabricated entirely from rose gold, the manual winding PF111 calibre required specialised techniques and machining in order to create the engraved, polished veneer beautifully admired from its transparent caseback — underpinning another layer of complexity in the maison's repertoire. On top of the sleek frame options in rose and white gold, the collection further boasts an eight-day power reserve, making the Ovale Pantographe the twist on modern classism that'll set you apart from the masses.

The Parmigiani Fluerier Ovale Pantographe is available at authorised retailers The Hour Glass.