As variable as time
The roots of the most salient feature of Parmigiani Fleurier’s new Pantographe table clock can be traced to the late 18th century. The eye-catching aspect that we have in mind here is the clock’s hands, which slowly and continuously extend and retract to conform with the dial’s oval periphery while they perform their revolutions around the dial. Michel Parmigiani’s inspiration for this was an oval pocket watch with telescope hands that he restored in 1997. The two English watchmakers Verdon and Stedman had fabricated this piece of timekeeping art in Merry Old England in 1780. What looks appealing, logical, and simple at first glance turns out to be a highly complex undertaking. This especially applies to the hands’ delicate joints, which must move smoothly and with little friction, yet simultaneously permit only the least possible play among the individual elements of the articulated pointers. Only this assures that the hands never graze or scrape each other or the clearly designed dial below them during their tireless rotations above its plane. The mechanism, which includes one cam for the hour hand and a second cam for the minute hand, resembles a familiar pantograph, from which this elegant timepiece derives its name. Numerous studies guarantee lastingly reliable functionality and ensure that the minute hand never becomes as short as the hour hand. Assembling the 60 components that comprise these sophisticated hands is an extraordinarily demanding task: tolerances of just fractions of a millimeter must be upheld. The clock’s nickelplated brass case is 239 mm tall, 183 mm wide, and 82.5 mm deep. It is powered by hand-wound Caliber PF925 with a 15-day power reserve, the momentary status of which can be read from the barrel. The opus consists of 196 individual parts, including a so- called échappement with Swiss lever escapement and screw balance, which is responsible for subdividing precious time into fifth-of-a-second segments. Parmigiani provides an unobtrusive little drawer in the base as a home for the double key, which can be inserted into a concealed opening in the rear crystal to wind the mainspring and reset the hands.
- Material: Nickel-plated brass
- Movement: Hand-wound movement, Caliber PF925
- Dimensions: Height: 23.9 cm; width: 18.3 cm; depth: 8.25 cm
- Special features: 15-day power reserve
- Wempe reference: SU910002