Contemporary classicism : Creation of the Pendulette 15 jours, Part 1/2
In a world of demonstrative wristwatches, which are the ultimate personal accessory, some manufactures still produce table clocks.
Because of their volume and their surface area, these pieces offer a space for technical and aesthetical inspirations unthinkable on a wristwatch.
This year, Parmigiani Fleurier presented the "Table Clock 15 days", a true anthology of savoir-faire.
This type of piece punctuated Michel Parmigiani's career, starting with his training in the 70's; At this time, students used to work on "school" versions, with a very similar to the Table Clock 15 days' layout.
Needless-to-say that the latter features finishes from a far higher level.
In the 90's, when Michel Parmigiani progressively switched from pure restoration to the production of modern pieces inspired by the vintage Fine watchmaking traditional codes; his first creations were table clocks.
This tradition lasted throughout the years with unique pieces such as "The Cat and Mouse", "The Dragon and the Pearl of Wisdom" and the brand new "The Falcon and the Bustard".
The Table clock 15 days is a contemporary testimonial of the classic horologic codes dear to Michel Parmigiani.
The creators started by defining the dimensions, by choosing to work with the volume taken by one liter of water.
The rhodium coated solid silver case and its crystals make enough room for the bulky mechanism, which weighs about one kilogram.
This creation features an optimal stability and user-friendliness ratio; hence, the biweekly manual winding will always be a pleasurable experience for the genuine horology lover.
It is a melodic or even an expressive piece; its low frequency of 18,000v/h and its imposing barrel can even be considered as a tuning fork for "the perfect horologic music".
The neo-classic table clock specifications were ready, keeping with the spirit chosen by Michel Parmigiani: A streamlined and humble design, in its look as well as in its execution.
It took one year to develop the piece and to work out the manufacturing processes; the prototype was finally built and presented at the SIHH 2012.
The first pieces will be delivered as of fall.