Sunday, June 25, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Quaestor Ripple

The aesthetics of the Toric Quaestor Ripple are inspired by a Japanese garden. These idyllic settings sometimes contain small islands of fine sand which is sculpted into concentric waves and scrolls reminiscent of tranquil waters. This is the pattern reproduced on the dial of the Toric Quaestor Ripple, a unique piece that pays tribute to the Zen philosophy at the heart of Japanese culture.

The dial of the Toric Quaestor Ripple is made from solid gold. It is hand engraved to create the waves of the pattern at various depths, creating a captivating sense of perspective. Each ripple has been engraved and hammered by hand to ensure that the boundary with the adjacent ripple is perfectly clear, yet very fine and subtle. The white gold of the case appears to extend the engraving, with the gadroons and knurling typical of the Toric middle. A ruby cabochon set on the crown completes the picture. This unique piece features a Havana Hermès strap in alligator leather.
The Minute Repeater on the Toric Quaestor Ripple has a Flywheel which replaces the traditional pallet fork, and represents an innovation in Parmigiani Fleurier’s haute horlogerie collection.

In addition to ensuring a constant supply of energy to the spring to regulate the speed of the percussions, this device improves the function of the minute repeater by eliminating its mechanical hum. While its counterpart, the pallet fork, operates with the jerky motion of a toothed wheel, the flywheel ensures complete mechanical silence, preserving only the melodious sound of the cathedral chimes.

The case in white gold has been forged to ensure perfect acoustics for the minute repeater chime, which means the sound wave oscillates at the optimal frequencies inside the case. The Toric Quaestor Ripple features “cathedral” chimes, a watchmaking term which means they form two sets of gongs around the case. This amplifies the acoustic quality compared with a single set, but the watchmaker’s work on the housing is considerably more difficult. The minute repeater chimes the hours, quarter- hours and minutes with a unique melody, marking the Toric Quaestor Ripple as a genuine horological masterpiece.

Technical details
Movement
PF349
Minute repeater movement, power reserve indication, sounding the hours, quarter-hours and minutes
Cathedral chimes with two gongs
Device for disengaging time-setting while the chime is sounding
H-Q-M sequence uninterrupted thanks to a regulator flywheel
Winding: Manual
Power-reserve: 72 hours
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21.600 A/h
Dimensions: 13’’’ – Ø 30.00 mm
Thickness: 6.55 mm
Components: 394
Jewels: 35
Barrel(s): 1
Decoration: Hand-bevelled main plate and bridges

Functions
Hours, Minutes
Minute repeater

Case
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: Ø 46 mm
Thickness: 13.2 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold
Finishing: Polished
Water-resistance: 10 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number and “MODELE UNIQUE”

Dial
Material: 18 ct gold
Colour: Rose gold
Finishing: Hand-engraved by theme
Hands: Javelin-shaped with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Material: Alligator
Colour: Havana
Brand: Hermès
BUCKLE Type : Ardillon

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