News March 2013

Clock 15 days Lalique

A marvel of clock mechanics encased in the very finest crystal

The Watch Quote™ - March 14th, 2013



Parmigiani Fleurier has joined forces with the prestigious french master glassmaker Lalique for a new interpretation of the clock 15 days, a marvel of clock mechanics encased in the very finest crystal.



Unveiled in 2012, the Clock 15 days lays bare the stark archi- tecture of its movement and the beauty of its transparent finish behind five rock crystal panels. Keen to augment the considerable aesthetic beauty of this piece, Parmigiani Fleurier has joined forces with Lalique, experts in fine crystal work, to create an exclusive limited edition version featuring a Lalique crystal to enhance the clock’s exquisite contours.

This project was a feat of high precision workmanship from two great artisan companies.



For Parmigiani Fleurier, this table clock represents gigantic dimensions, particularly in terms of its mechanics. Accustomed to minuscule watch components, the watchmakers at Parmigiani Fleurier had to shift their focus to a larger order of magnitude and, as a result, relearn much of their craft. To work standing up rather than sitting down, to swap tweezers for fingers, and reliance on the watchmaker’s magnifier rather than the naked eye. Most important was rediscovering the “pure movement” for each operation – the trademark dexterity that enables the watchmaker to achieve the perfect finish. As the dimensions increase, the tactile memory no longer applies... we must therefore go in search of a new pure movement – a rare and magnificent adventure – to develop a subtle touch suited to a world of giants.

The spider

For Lalique, the challenge of this project was precisely the opposite: the surfaces of the clock’s five panels are much smaller and thinner than the threshold generally tolerated for working crystal. This delicate art, at which Lalique excels, requires the subtle alternation of heating and cooling to produce a pure crystal with no air bubbles. Working crystal of minimal thickness, as required for the panels of the Clock 15 days is no mean feat.



The crystal is adorned with Lalique’s characteristic motif: the Coutard fountain. Invented by René Lalique in 1935, this panel design, which represents a spray of water droplets, is reminiscent of both Art Nouveau in the close arrangement of the drops and Art Deco in their rounded shape. The end of each droplet is worked to achieve an exceptional shine, creating an extraordinary contrast with the satin-finished crystal on its flat surface.



A powerful symbol of life and rebirth, here the Coutard foun- tain is associated with an ageless Table Clock – a reminder that the possibilities for reviving the great classics are truly limitless.




La Pendulette 15 jours

A patented horological innovation


In addition to its aesthetic beauty, the tour de force of this clock is mechanical – in an ingenious piece of workmanship, the Maltese cross stopwork for the power reserve indicator is located on the outside. This is a patented innovation.

Governing the winding of the barrel, and counting its rotations, the Maltese cross is a fundamental part of the power reserve in all timepieces. But it had not yet been used directly to display the power reserve status. Previously, several mechanical devices and setting wheels acted as intermediaries. By choosing to externalise this Maltese cross and to display the movement on the barrel itself, the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmakers found an elegant solution to this dilemma that is, mechanically speaking, both simpler and more direct.



The scale and the display for this power reserve are repeated around the barrel at a 90° angle, thanks to a hand with four arms; thus four successive indications ensure that this information is always visible, whether or not the barrel is fully wound.

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Parmigiani Fleurier Clock 15 days Lalique

Technical description




Movement :PF 920
Thickness:58.25 mm
Jewels :14
Components :136
Frequency:2.5 Hz-18,000 Vib/h
Main plates and bridges :With Côtes de Genève, hand-engraved and bevelled
Functions :Hour
Minute
Seconds
Power reserve indicator :On barrel
Exterior :Rhodium-plated solid silver cabinet
Height:142 mm
Width:96 mm
Depth:80 mm
Material:925 silver
Finish :Polished
Crystals :Faceted mineral glass crystals
Top and side panels :In Lalique crystal
Secret key drawer on the rear of the base
Logo :For removable key hole at 180°
Individual number :Engraved on the case-back
Dial :Two-part:
Small dial, opaline small seconds counter,
Large dial with Côtes de Genève and hand-bevelling
Hands :Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Keys :Double key:
Large winding key

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