21 Jan Parmigiani Fleurier Unveils $360,000 Toric Capitole Watch Inspired by Roman Architecture
Since Michel Parmigiani founded Parmigiani Fleurier 23 years ago, in 1996, he has been known for creating some of the most inspiring watches that take their roots from historical pieces.
He has been recognized as a master restorer of antique clocks, reinterpreting some of the finest pieces from yesteryear. A recurring story that is repeated also in the case of the Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Capitole; a mechanical pocket watch inspired by a 19th century Sandoz Foundation collection masterpiece. This watch was first created by Perrin Freres of Neuchatel.
The new Toric Capitole timepiece is named for the Capitolium in Rome, where the geometric spiral floor tiles were the basis for the hand-engraved spiral pattern on this watch dial.
This is why this beautiful piece meant to be a real masterpiece shows a fancy harmony by its creation. All the elements driven to this product are unique and irreplaceable. The 45mm case is crafted in 18-karat rose gold — a metal which yields beautiful acoustics perfect for a minute repeater. The watch is water resistant to 30 meters and has a special engraving on the case back that reads ‘Modele Unique’ and ‘Repetition Minutes.’
As you might read, this is not the first Toric Capitole watch that the brand has created. The first was built in 2011, and a subsequent version was created in 2015. This third and last edition unveils magnifique details created by the best Parmigiani Fleurier & Sandoz master watchmakers. A piece of exquisite precision and value which has already been assessed in $362,100 retail value, becoming a one-of-a-kind watch.