Parmigiani Fleurier has presented the last two creations in the Roses Carrées “Grand Feu” collection: Rosa Cosmica and Rosa Alba. Crafted in glittering, autumnal hues – a gold sand dial for Rosa Cosmica and warm yellow for Rosa Alba – they complete the series of five masterpieces.
Like their counterparts, Rosa Cosmica and Rosa Alba are unique pieces, representing the absolute pinnacle of Haute Horlogerie, and the height of Parmigiani’s immense savoir-faire. They are not just exquisitely crafted with the maison’s hallmark, intricate “Roses Carrées” motif, but are powered by a highly technical Minute Repeater movement, magnificently decorated. The one-off timepieces are an ode to traditional artisanship, brimming with mechanical virtue.
Craftsmanship is at the heart of Parmigiani. The enamellers, engravers and dozens of other artists involved in their production are the “golden hands” of the maison, devoted to their artform and committed to perpetuating founder Michel Parmigiani’s vision of horological excellence. All Grand Feu enameling on the dial and casebacks is hand-polished to create a contrast between the volume and pattern, and hand engraving ensures that the Rose Carrée motif is perfectly aligned to create a striking play of light like shimmering diamonds.
Adding to the aesthetic detailing, the beating heart of the novelties brings them to life. One of the noblest and most historic complications, the Minute Repeater is the movement that makes the Rosa Cosmica and Rosa Alba tick – all 392 components of it. Striking the hours, quarter hours and minutes is not enough for these rare timekeeping roses: the incredible tone produced is thanks to the gongs on which the sound is produced, cathedral gongs. Their exceptional length, spanning one and a half trips around the movement, brings a deeper, richer sound, a more sustained vibration and a deeper intensity, all further heightened by the carefully designed case shape.
With the intricate Roses Carrées “Grand Feu” collection, Parmigiani Fleurier reaffirms its standing as a technical powerhouse, a maison founded on artisanship, and a watchmaking leader.