SIHH 2015 preview…
Here’s a first look at one of Parmigiani Fleurier’s new pieces coming next year, the Tonda 1950 Squelette (skeleton). The timepiece reveals the intricate mechanism of the brand’s extra-thin (7.8mm) and iconic model, and is available for both men and women, both 39mm. While the Tonda 1950 line typically adheres to a classic dress aesthetic (simple dials, 2- or 3-hands, little if any lume, etc.), the skeleton dial (somewhat reminiscent of Piaget’s superb Altiplano 1200S skeleton watch) is where Parmigiani has ventured outside traditionalism’s cozy comfort zone to give this piece its real definition.
A one-of-a-kind masterpiece from Parmigiani Fleurier, the Tecnica Palm features a tourbillon, a minute repeater, a perpetual calendar, and a chrongraph. Oh, and some impressive enamel and engraving work, both front and back. The style, the finishing, the complication — talk about an incredible watch! This is one of those pieces that can only come from a shop like Parmigiani. Although this piece was quietly previewed earlier this year at SIHH, I couldn’t myself in revisiting it today.
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This new grand complication from Parmigiani Fleurier, the Tecnica Ombre Blanche, is an impressive watch — it features a minute repeater and a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar. Only the most elite watchmakers are capable of producing such piece, of course Michel Parmigiani is undoubtedly one such watchmaker. Despite its mechanical complexity, the watch presents as elegantly styled, with a well arranged enamel dial with visible tourbillon.
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The new Parmigiani Fleurier Métro collection is comprised of the Tonda Métrographe for men and the Tonda Métropolitaine for women. Parmigiani has positioned the collection as “an urban line evoking modernity, trend and youth.” The Metro will join the manufacture’s five other collections. They are respectably styled chronographs, though my one quibble would be the open tri-date window which I am not a fan of.
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