New from Parmigiani: Two Wristwatches Inspired by the Past

Parmigiani Heure Passante Parmigiani Fleurier has unveiled two new limited-edition wristwatches inspired by antique pocketwatches from a collection owned by Parmigiani Fleurier’s parent, the Sandoz Foundation. Both wristwatches are part of Parmigiani’s Toric collection. Find images, prices and wallpaper inside. The pocketwatches that inspired the new wristwatches are on view in New York at the well-known vintage-jewelry and Russian-art gallery À La Vielle Russie. They are part of an exhibit called “Mechanical Wonders,” featuring 50 pieces from the Sandoz Collection, and running through Nov. 26. Watch lovers will be familiar with many of the items because they are normally on view at the famous Musée d’Horlogerie in Le Locle, Switzerland. The first new wristwatch has unusual telescopic hands that get longer or shorter as they rotate around the oval dial. It was modeled on a pocketwatch from the early 19th century, also oval, with similar hands. The new watch is $95,000. There will be 30 pieces in rose gold and 30 in white gold. Parmigiani Ovale The other new watch is a minute repeater with a serpentine cathedral chime that shows the time by means of an arc-shaped aperture on the upper half of the watch face. The numeral designating the hour traverses the arc, moving along a 60-minute scale as it does so. The watch was modeled on an engraved, minute-repeater pocketwatch made sometime between 1800 and 1840. Parmigiani will make just four of these watches, at $668,000 each. Parmigiani Heure Passante

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    Norma Buchanan is the executive editor of WatchTime magazine. She has been a reporter and editor for 30 years and has specialized in writing about watches and the watch industry for 18 years. She is also the author of "The Watch Buff's Book of Trivia."

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