122 Art Of Gold

In­spired by Ja­panese cul­ture, Parmi­giani Fleurier crafted two pièce unique Toric Quaestors with solid gold di­als

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Parmi­giani Fleurier crafts two pièce unique Toric Quaestors with solid gold di­als

Tra­di­tional Ja­panese art comes in nu­mer­ous, highly spe­cialised forms, but ar­ti­sans of­ten go back to the same few fa­mil­iar mo­tifs in creat­ing their pieces. Koi fish, sakura flow­ers, geisha, red-crowned cranes, and the beloved pine tree are just some ev­er­green ex­am­ples. And the ar­ti­sans can hardly be blamed, for these mo­tifs don’t merely sym­bol­ise Ja­pan-ness; be­ing so nat­u­rally beau­ti­ful, peo­ple from all cul­tures and na­tion­al­i­ties can eas­ily ap­pre­ci­ate the art­work they in­spire. For this rea­son, Parmi­giani Fleurier has cho­sen to turn to the Land of the Ris­ing Sun for ideas to cre­ate the two lat­est unique pieces in its Toric Quaestor line.

The first piece fea­tures a scene dom­i­nated by the branches of a great pine tree, which is a sym­bol of power, vi­tal­ity, and im­mor­tal­ity in Ja­panese cul­ture. It is also said to bring good luck, which is why some peo­ple keep pine bon­sai plants at home or in places of busi­ness. Parmi­giani Fleurier chose solid yel­low gold as the ma­te­rial with which to carve out the in­di­vid­ual pine nee­dles, as well as the ac­com­pa­ny­ing tree branches. Hand-ap­plied onto the At­rina deep black mother-of-pearl dial, the nee­dles have been ar­ranged at ran­dom and vary­ing heights to cre­ate depth, while the branches have been given a printed pati­na­tion treat­ment in or­der to give the ap­pear­ance of nat­u­ral ero­sion.

In­creas­ing the colour con­trast be­tween the black mother-of-pearl and the golden art­work are flecks of 24K yel­low gold set into the re­cesses of the dial. This aus­pi­cious mas­ter­piece cased in pink gold took 70 hours to com­plete, and so that they don’t dis­turb the Zen tran­quil­lity of the dial, the brand logo and the Swiss Made in­di­ca­tion have been printed in white on the re­verse of the crys­tal. It is paired with an Her­mès leather strap, and a crown set with a ruby cabo­chon.

From the mighty pine, Parmi­giani Fleurier moved on to the dry, level land­scapes of Ja­panese rock gar­dens, of­ten sim­ply called Zen gar­dens. This style of land­scap­ing in­volves care­fully ar­ranged rock for­ma­tions, wa­ter fea­tures, mosses, pruned trees and bushes, as well as gravel rivers, which are beds of sand or gravel that have been raked to rep­re­sent rip­ples in wa­ter. Ac­cord­ingly, Parmi­giani Fleurier crafted a solid gold dial with swirls and whorls rem­i­nis­cent of gravel rivers. These lines have been en­graved and ham­mered by hand at vary­ing depths, and the ar­ti­san paid spe­cial at­ten­tion to the po­si­tion of each rip­ple against the next. The dis­tances be­tween them have to be per­fectly clear yet fine and sub­tle – thank­fully, the Swiss share the same de­vo­tion to pre­ci­sion and metic­u­lous­ness as the Ja­panese. Now, while the di­als of these watches re­flect pure Zen seren­ity, their move­ments show the ex­act op­po­site. Turn them over to look through their sap­phire case backs and dis­cover the labyrinthine ar­chi­tec­ture of Parmi­giani Fleurier’s in-house Cal­i­bre PF355. Prof­fer­ing a minute re­peater com­pli­ca­tion, its mech­a­nism is ex­actly as com­pli­cated as it looks. Un­like typ­i­cal strik­ing watches, the Toric Quaestor has a fly­wheel in place of a tra­di­tional pal­let fork, thus en­sur­ing com­plete me­chan­i­cal si­lence when the mech­a­nism is chim­ing. In ad­di­tion, the choice of gold as the case ma­te­rial isn’t purely aes­thetic or co­in­ci­dence; the man­u­fac­ture be­lieves that gold yields the best sound for the cathe­dral gongs of the Toric Quaestor. Zen on the out­side but com­plex on the in­side, the Toric Quaestor Grove and Toric Quaestor Rip­ple aren’t the kind of watches one may see ev­ery day, which is why Parmi­giani Fleurier in­tends them only for the most de­serv­ing of buy­ers. MOVE­MENT Man­ual-wind­ing Cal­i­bre PF355 with skele­ton minute re­peater or Cal­i­bre PF349 move­ment fea­tur­ing cathe­dral gongs and 72-hour power re­serve

CASE 46mm in rose gold or white gold, wa­ter re­sis­tant to 10m

STRAP Black or Ha­vana Her­mès al­li­ga­tor leather with rose or white gold ardil­lon buckle

PRICE $815,000

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