Some shapes are fixed. The circle. The square. Then there is the oval, the outline of which changes to suit its purpose. In both modern architecture and that of the past, the oval is both strong and unusual, subtle yet assertive. In watchmaking, Parmigiani Fleurier is the master of mysteries, designing timepieces with the power to seduce. Their construction is based on the simple geometry of creating tangents from two intersectingcurves. The piece is perfectly harmonious, both in terms of its proportions and its gender balance, as the shape of the oval here moves away from the more feminine ellipse. With a rose gold case in three sections and a stepped bezel, the Ovale Tourbillon boasts a truly dynamic design. Curved surfaces are broken up. Straight lines replace rounded ones. And beams of light bounce off the myriad angles this creates. The signature Parmigiani horns are no exception. A graduated chamfer tapers out towards the end, lending further tension. On this timepiece, the oval

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