lifestyle /horology The Toric Capitole by Parmigiani Fleurier In 21 years of existence, Parmigiani Fleurier holds numerous innovations and world-firsts to its name, a reflection of the brand’s watchmaking expertise, creativity and drive for excellence.
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The Toric Collection includes some of the most prestigious horological complications in the Parmigiani Fleurier collection. It is immediately recognisable thanks to its case, which features doubly alternating gadroons and knurling. This aesthetic, designed by Michel Parmigiani for his first wristwatch, is based on the golden ratio, which creates tangibly harmonious proportions. Each knurl is produced by hand, using a toothed wheel which makes the metal flow from its regular pitch.

Classic, elegant creations of timeless beauty, Toric watches are genuine mechanical watchmaking treasures: tourbillon, chronograph, perpetual calendar, minute repeater with cathedral chimes; the collection is completed by other complications, rendered even more precious by their rarity, such as the Toric Capitole, featuring a highly poetic display of the passing hours.

The Toric Capitole by Parmigiani Fleurier
The Toric Capitole by Parmigiani Fleurier
Photo: Parmigiani Fleurier

The Toric Capitole represents the passage of time in its most literal sense. The numerals flow and move in a sequence around the calibrated time scale, lending a certain poetry to the act of reading the time. This Haute Horlogerie piece pays tribute to the unique array of watchmaking artefacts that is the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation collection, which was entrusted into the care of Michel Parmigiani before he launched his own brand.

The PF321 movement has a minute repeater with an additional module for the sector time display. The minute repeater sounds the hours, quarter-hours and minutes on two “cathedral” gongs, so called because they form two sets around the case. A flywheel ensures that the mechanism operates silently, so that the only sound is the melodious chime each time the gong is struck.

This exceptional movement features only the finest Haute Horlogerie finishes, including Côtes de Genève decoration on the rhodium-plated bridges, and hand bevelling that brings a stunning play of light to each surface.

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