Lalique & Parmigiani Fleurier
A new clock project, led jointly by Parmigiani Fleurier and Lalique, reflects the harmony of Haute Horlogerie with the finest jewellery and crystal-making expertise.
The partnership has resulted in the creation of three table clocks: the “Toric Lepine” clock, convertable to a pocket watch, which revives one of the master jeweller’s most iconic designs: the Coutard Fountain and Aréthuse, and two Day and Night clocks, originally designed by René Lalique, which pays homage to fine jewellery collection Soleil de Gaïa and Serpent. More than 15 artisans collaborated between the two Brands to work on these masterpieces. The movement of Parmigiani Fleurier and the crystal of Lalique come together, to make truly exceptional pieces.
A unique work of art, the Toric Lepine model is composed of a Lalique clear crystal with satin and brilliant finish and a horological element placed in the center of the piece in the form of a pocket watch in platinum with diamonds. In watchmaking, the term “Lépine” refers to a pocket watch has no cover, which means that the passage of time is permanently visible.
In 1926 René Lalique created the ”Le Jour et la Nuit” clock, in which the clear crystal depicts two figures, one male and the other female, to symbolize Day and Night.
Lalique and Parmigiani Fleurier revisit this theme with the unveiling of two distinctive table clocks, “Le Jour et la Nuit”, inspired by Lalique jewellery: « Soleil de Gaïa » and « Serpent ».
The dials of the two clocks are in 18 carat gold – one representing the motif of Gaia with a clear crystal, the other the motif of the Serpent with an amber crystal – while the crystal mount, common to both works, depicts the opposing allegorical figurines which symbolize Day and Night.