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Jan 7, 2016

The Pantograph by Parmigiani Fleurier, A Fine Watch With Extendible Hands

Tags: Duralium, Extensible hands, Flexibility, Hinges, Michel Parmigiani, Ovale Pantographe, Parmigiani Fleurier, Research and Development, Surprise, Technical exclusivity


The Ovale Pantographe by Parmigiani Fleurier is the only watch whose hands are able to follow the oval shape of its case as they make their rotations around the dial. They extend and retract all by themselves, thereby seeming to work as a pantograph: the hands’ hinges and blades interact mechanically to allow the special function.

The seeming simplicity of this exceptional watch, which was inspired by an English pocket watch, camouflages the amount of research, development, and testing that went into it. Indeed, the manufacturing of the hands involved conceiving dedicated cams to drive them. As they also had to be resistant to shock as well as weighing as little as possible, Parmigiani Fleurier resorted to using duralium, an aluminum alloy primarily used in the aircraft industry, for their manufacture. Powered by a manual winding mechanical caliber with eight days’ worth of power reserve, these hands are as playful as they are complicated.

Parmigiani Fleurier’s Pantograph embodies a particularly admirable category of watches: those whose complexity is not in the movement itself but rather in the display system. Indeed, it is a smart tribute to the remarkable skills of vintage watchmakers; the movement that powered the pocket watch was completely reliable and efficient. It took Parmigiani Fleurier much effort and outside-the-box thinking to be able to reproduce it in wristwatch size.



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  • James Alexander

    James Alexander

    In a word, excellent! Nothing more to say👍🏻😋

    Oct 10, 2016

  • Martim Alves de Lima

    Martim Alves de Lima

    The CREATIVITY behind this tiny yet clever DETAIL is simply "TITANIC" ! It is not a show-off piece but the SPARK for greatness is there FOR SURE =)

    Mar 01, 2016

  • Matthew Smart

    Matthew Smart

    What's the name of the song used in this video? Beautiful watch, love the clean and simple look of the dial.

    Jan 12, 2016

  • manduheavy vazquez

    manduheavy vazquez

    Only can use one word.......beautiful.

    Jan 12, 2016

  • ali mustapha

    ali mustapha

    thank u for the video -i wanna ask u a qouation who invent the first gyrotourbillon ?(zergat ali of facebook)

    Jan 08, 2016

  • timstring0902

    timstring0902

    Cool watch which comes in cool colours that is blue and white B-)

    Jan 08, 2016

  • Werner Blazejewski

    Werner Blazejewski

    Yours for only $ 55.000.00 Dollars. Rose Gold.

    Jan 08, 2016

  • ConRon

    ConRon

    Such a cool "complication".

    Jan 08, 2016

  • Agentxphile

    Agentxphile

    If you knew about this brand, AND you recognized the beat is by Gramatik, then you are mad cool in my books.

    Jan 07, 2016

  • yiannis merianos

    yiannis merianos

    interesting watch! with cool hands , and amazing details the white- blue combination is well thought it highlights everything.

    Jan 07, 2016

  • Peter K

    Peter K

    I fail to see this great achievements purpose besides making the watch less legible and accurate. Don't see the price justify's the means . Viewing from the last guys comment maybe they need to get there heads out of the clouds and create something that's obtainable

    Jan 07, 2016

  • SK97

    SK97

    I have heard of changeable dials but this hands are really awesome. That's a really cool idea. A real pitty that Parmigiani had to dismiss some employees because of the problematic economical situation in the watch industry.

    Jan 07, 2016


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