Three Special Edition Parmigiani Tonda Watches for the 2015 Montreux Jazz Festival

Parmigiani Fluerier Tonda Metrograph for Montreux Jazz Festival 2015 - Perpetuelle

The Montreux Jazz Festival wrapped up last week, and though it is not something I have a personal interest in, there were a few special watches created by Parmigiani Fleurier that caught my eye.   Unless paying close attention, watches like this often fly under the radar.  Up top is a special edition Tonda Metrgraphe which interprets the 2015 festival poster which was created by Swiss pop artist Sylvie Fleury.  On the matte finished asphalt grey dial, the slight sheen of a tone-on-tone splatter mark is subtly incorporated; the graphic spirit of the watch is accentuated by pointed black decal indices and numerals which are picked out in a bright yellow decal, like a street artist’s tag splashed across a wall.  The interpretation via ladies model is show below.

But my favorite piece is this wonderful watch — a fine example of wood marquetry.

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Introducing the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette

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Parmigiani Fleurier 1950 Tonda Squelette Models

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.

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tecnica Palm

Parmigiani Tecnica Palm watch front back

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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Parmigiani Tecnica Ombre Blanche Grand Complication

Parmigiani Toric Tecnica Ombre Blanche grand complication

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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