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Parmigiani Toric Ovale

This one’s not new new – information about it has been circulating since late last year.

However, more details did emerge during SIHH, and it’s such an interesting piece – telescopic hands! – that we felt a quick update was in order.

30 pieces will be made in rose gold and 30 in white gold.

Each will be a rather large 52.2mm and house an enamel dial.

As alluded to, and as you see from the picture, the main feature of this watch – inspired by early 19th century British watchmakers Vardon & Stedmann – are telescopic hands that get longer or shorter as they rotate around the oval dial.

Movement is the Swiss automatic PF in-house caliber 111 with 269 components and an 8 day power reserve.

As you’d expect, this is not a ‘cheapie’ watch :-)

MSRP is $95,000.

Parmigiani Toric Minute Repeater

There’s something both alien and retro about this Parmigiani Toric Minute Repeater – I really like it.

This is a 45mm piece in 18kt white gold.

It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back and is water resistant to 10 meters.

Each piece is individually numbered and engraved with “A LA VIEILLE RUSSIE – NEW-YORK 2011” on the caseback.

Movement is the hand-wind Parmigiani in-house caliber PF321 with 33 jewels, 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 45 hours.

The main plate and bridges are hand-bevelled and the repeater strikes cathedral chimes (great!).

The time is displayed in a half-moon aperture, comprising 60-minute indexes with each quarter-hour sector in 5-minute subdivisions.

The hour has an Arabic numeral display. The module incorporates a rotary system comprising three planetary gears with four arms, each end of which bears a number. Directly meshed with the hour wheel, the set of discs is driven via a cam system, which brings up the next hour as soon as the previous one has run its course.

The dial is white mother-of-pearl and the leather strap is by Hermes.

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