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THE PANTOGRAPH HANDS

Today we look into one of the showcases of the exhibition at Les Ambassadeurs in Zurich: The Ovale Pantographe and its restoration counterpart and source of inspiration.

The prestigious oval pocket watch with telescopic hands was created by the English jewellers, Vardon and Stedman in 1800. This true marvel of watchmaking came into the restoration workshops of Parmigiani Fleurier in 1997.

After months of work, the restorers brought the magic of the pantograph complication back to life. Its two telescopic hands follow the contours of the case, extending and shortening with the ellipse, skimming the numerals as if to showcase the time.

In 2013, after many months of research and development within Parmigiani’s watchmaking centre, the Oval line with pantograph complication was reborn under the form of a wristwatch. And it has lost none of its original magic…