Parmigiani Fleurier Timepiece Inspired by a 19th-Century Pocket Watch

By Paul Joseph

Swiss high-end watchmakers Parmigiani Fleurier have unveiled a brand new one-of-a-kind timepiece inspired by an early 19th-century pocket watch.

Since the brand was founded in the 1990s, many of its watches have been heavily influenced by creations from the past, and the new Parmigiani Toric Capitole Rose Gold Brown is the very latest.

Introduced as a pre-SIHH 2019 reveal, this modern reinterpretation was restored in the Parmigiani workshops and features a “sector time display” and minute repeater.

The name of the watch has been taken from the Capitolium in Rome, the religious and political heart of the ancient city, with the geometrically spiralling floor tiles of the landmark reproduced in the pattern on the watch dial.

The 45mm case in 18-karat rose gold also features concentric engravings that are inspired by the Fibonacci sequence. However, the highlight of the watch is its display, with a combination of wandering hours and minutes on a track -  called sector-time indication.

The watch is powered by the PF321 caliber movement, which features a module dedicated to the sector time display. The module is directly meshed with the hour wheel and incorporates a rotary system comprising three planetary gears with four arms, each end of which bears a numeral to indicate the hour.

The one-off Parmigiani Toric Capitole Rose Gold Brown timepiece is priced at $390,000.

Parmigiani Fleurier were founded by Michael Parmigiani, a horologist who made his name restoring antique clocks and watches.

By Paul Joseph