Tuesday, May 10, 2005

Hovig Simonian Miniature Pendulum

The Miniature Pendulum by Hovig Simonian is certainly one of the most unexpected and poetic pieces. It is a patented model based on the principle of an automaton, which allows the regular oscillations to be re-created by a system of a rod and gear train starting at the small seconds wheel. Animated by a Unitas 6497 movement, the pendulum is inside a small golden arch, cut out at the base of the dial, also in the form of an arch, as is the large case that ends in three successive arches carved in 18 carat gold at its top.
The gold dial is hand engraved in a Clou de Paris, sun, or barley pattern, while the hands are made from blued or rhodium-plated steel. It also features a domed sapphire crystal that has been hollowed out and shaped. The movement is visible through the transparent sapphire caseback, and is finely decorated with the Côtes de Genève design, with the various component parts hand-chamfered and gilded. The case is water-resistant to 30 metres and carved out of 18 carat yellow, rose or white gold with palladium.

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