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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Chrono pushers integrated into the lugs…
Parmigiani’s Bugatti Aerolithe was unveiled in Milan a few months ago alongside Bugatti’s new “Lifeline Collection” of accessories and clothing, but consider it part of the brand’s 2014 stable. The Bugatti Aerolithe is a gorgeous watch inspired by a Bugatti of the same name. This watch case (Ti and white gold) has some seriously graceful and flowing curves. And look at those lugs — yes the chrono pushers are integrated into the lugs. Some might see it as a bit peculiar, but it is all done so gracefully and aerolithically that I can’t help but like it.
And the dial is also a real beauty. The deep blue color with a couple red-hands for accent, and a nice small “Bugatti” logo as well. There are a couple layers to the dial, and finishes as well — a circular sunray pattern on the outer dial, matte blue inner, and snailed chronograph counters. And how about that buckle — looks quite like the front end of a Bugatti, doesn’t it? A matching blue leather strap with red lining — Hermès leather strap, of course — finishes it off. Exquisite all around. My only quibble on an otherwise A+ watch in my book would be the tri-date window…sorry not a fan.
Parmigiani Bugatti Aerolithe Flyback Chronograph
Sketch of the Bugatti Aerolithe Type 57 (circa 1935) is in the middle