The Manual Wind: Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe

Haute horology and the entire watch industry is based on one commonality, recreating history. Technology is changing the industry, but the common goal is the same as it was in the 1800s;  the creation of high end mechanical timepieces. The most recent example of the direct recreation of a historic timepiece is the latest from Parmigiani. This unique piece is unlike any other in the market and its inspiration comes directly from the Sandoz collection. The Parmigiani Ovale Pantographe is a piece of history with Parmigiani DNA.

This oval case, shaped in either white or rose gold, bares the famed in-house Parmigiani 8-day power reserve movement seen in the Kalpas. It is what is above this movement that is taken right out of watchmaking history. Above the porcelain hand painted dial are the most unique hands seen on any watch in my opinion. Made of blued steel, both the hour and minute hand are telescoping. Extending and retracting, the hands make their way around the interior of this oval case adjusting to make way for the narrows.

Attached with an Hermes crocodile strap and folding buckle, Parmigiani exceeds luxury expectations. Of course this timepiece of such materials and historic importance comes with a considerable price tag. Priced at $55,000, this piece might seem like a lot for a simple time only watch. For a timepiece of amazing achievement inspired from reverse-engineering a piece of history, the price tag does not seem so outrageous. The most complex hands ever reproduced, Parmigiani is not too quick to reveal their engineering secrets.

I was fortunate enough to have the opportunity to wear this timepiece for an extended period of time.  The pictures do no justice for this extremely unique piece.  The size and dimension of the case make this a showpiece.  Wearing on the larger side, this  dress watch cannot be missed.  The stark white dial with sharp blue steel hand contrast make this the closest thing to wearing a Faberge Egg.  A conversation starter, this Parmigiani is the one to own.

Fashion & Style

Giveaway: Columbia’s Limited-Edition Stars Wars Parka Worn by the Crew of ‘Empire Strikes Back’

Warm enough for Hoth, cool enough for the whole galaxy, these parkas are no Jedi mind trick.
Fashion & Style

Upgrade Your Wrist For Winter: Introducing the Casio G-SHOCK G-STEEL Watch

Balancing weather-ready durability with the type of style that won’t look out of place this holiday season, the GSTB100XA-1A is the watch you need to get on your wish list.

The Manual’s 20 Most Popular News Stories of 2018

Here is a look back at the buzziest headlines and the coolest things we found this year.

Patriotic Presents: Made in America Gifts for Guys

We've got the best of the U.S. in one handy guide for your holiday shopping this season.
Fashion & Style

The Best Men’s Watch Gift Guide: Save Time This Holiday Season

You better hurry, because time is running out for the 2018 holidays.
Fashion & Style

Beat the Polar Vortex with These Cool Winter Clothes for Men

Winter style should blend functionality with fashion.
Fashion & Style

Zodiac Pays Tribute to Iconic Diver Watches with Vintage-Inspired Collection

A legacy of innovation continues today with the release of Zodiac's Super Sea Wolf Collection, built with adventure seekers in mind.
Fashion & Style

The Best Ugly Christmas Sweaters to Rock This Holiday Season

A “good” ugly Christmas sweater is one someone might find unacceptably hideous or even mildly off-color.
Food & Drink

Celebrity Chef Marcus Samuelsson on Harlem, the Kitchen, and Kevin Love

The famed co-creator of Red Rooster dishes on being involved in a new Banana Republic campaign with the NBA star.
Fashion & Style

OB/VS Founder Kelly Dachtler on Climate-Adaptable Footwear and Changing the Shoe Game

"It's a three-in-one sneaker that converts into the ideal shoe for whatever environment you may find yourself in ... There has never been anything like it."
Fashion & Style

Pick Your Puffer and Grab One of the Best Men’s Down Jackets for Winter

Whether you're looking for down jackets for winter climbing or sleek puffies for your cold commute, read on.
Fashion & Style

Travel Without the Tangle With These Tech Accessory Travel Organizers

With one of a travel organizer, you'll never have to unknot a bundle of charging cords again.
Fashion & Style

The Best Men’s Turtlenecks to Wear this Winter

These classic, protective pullovers are making a major stylistic comeback.
Fashion & Style

Winter Running Gear: Equipment to Help You Brave the Cold

An effective collection of winter running gear is a great way to increase your motivation and make running in the cold an easier feat.