Parmigiani Toric Minute Repeater Watch - Inspired by 19th Century Pocket Watch

Nov 18, 2011
The house of Parmigiani presents its new Toric Minute Repeater watch with a sector time display. The inspiration behind the novelty is the Perrin Freres signed pocket watch, created early in the 19th century and now owned by the EMSF.


The new Parmigiani watch captures attention with its unconventional dial. It indicates time in a half-moon aperture, which features 60-minute indexes with each quarter-hour sector in 5-minute sub-divisions. Indicating hours are Arabic numerals. As soon as the digit makes its way from the first to the sixtieth minute, the next number appears. This part of the dial, done in mother-of-pearl, features applique indices.

An oversized knurled bezel embraces the body and central part of the model, serving as its main decorative pattern. It proudly reveals hand-engraved geometric motifs, covered with translucent enamel.

Animating the functions is a 28mm hand-wound PF321 calibre movement, built on 33 jewels. It incorporates a minute repeater mechanism equipped with fluted cathedral chimes. Integrated within the movement are also hand-bevelled bridges and a main plate as well as a rotary system, composed of three planetary gears with four arms. Each end of the latter carries a number, meant for displaying hours. The caliber runs at the rate of 18,000 vibrations per hour and provides a 45-hour power reserve.

The movement is placed inside a 3-part round-shaped 18ct white gold case with polished finish. It measures 45mm in diameter and is 12.9 mm thick. On its front side, the new Parmigiani Toric Minute Repeater watch is assembled with a glare-proofed sapphire crystal. Its individually numbered back part is also equipped with the sapphire glass. The case-back is marked with an "A La Vieille Russie -New-York-2011" engraving. The case is submersible to 10 meters.

The new Parmigiani watch is mounted on a Hermes alligator leather strap, finalized by an 18ct white gold ardillon buckle.

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