In tribute to the exceptional talent of Edouard-Marcel Sandoz, the famous figure and animal sculptor, painter and watercolourist, Parmigiani is creating an incomparable piece called The Cat and Mouse.

By bringing to life a stylised cat ready to bound on its prey from a block of solid obsidian, Parmigiani is reviving the exceptional vital force that animated the works of Sandoz. Its lean, geometric outlines make a clear reference to Art Nouveau style. The mechanism of the automaton clock drives the circular motion of the cat in a one-hour circuit. Every time the feline falls upon the white gold diamond-set mouse, the latter leaps away, constantly escaping. To make this animation even more fun, the rodent’s jumps come at irregular intervals. The lateral hour ring turns through a 12-hour rotation, while a fixed claw indicates the hour: a nod to the fantastic tradition of the animated mechanical objects of the 18th Century, whose sole purpose was to entertain and delight the spectator.

  • The Cat and Mouse

Automaton

ART DECO inspired, Edouard-Marcel Sandoz
Design Alexia Steunou – Parmigiani
Unique piece No. 44062

PF670 automaton module
Number of jewels: 17
Manual time-setting and winding using key
8-day power reserve
Gain – loss setting via an access under the base
Frequency: 18,000 vib./h (2.5 Hz)
Number of bearings: 10

Hour
Minute
Cat automaton completing a rotation on its axis in 1 hour
Mouse automaton making 6 random leaps per hour

Material: obsidian
Polished finish
Dustproof
Total weight: 5,150 kg

Material: semi-precious stones; black obsidian for the body,
1.72 ct rubies for the nose and 1.10 ct emeralds set with 18 ct gold for the eyes
Function: completes a rotation on its axis in one hour

Material: white gold set with 250 Top Wesselton VVS diamonds
with total weight 4.02 ct, a 0.10 ct ruby on the snout and 0.02 ct sapphires for the eyes
Total weight: 23 g
Function: leaps ahead of the cat

Material: Vermeil (gold-plated solid 925 silver)
Function: hour and minute indicator

Material: stainless steel set with onyx and 18 ct gold