Parmigiani Fleurier Proudly Presents Tonda 1950 Tourbillon
The First Haute Horlogerie model in their signature collection.
With its streamlined middle and clean lines, the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is the result of the quest for simplicity and elegance that characterises this collection. The Tonda 1950 family welcomes its first Haute Horlogerie model. It is inspired by the brand’s signature aesthetic codes, which it reinterprets in a contemporary spirit.
The entire aesthetic direction of the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is based on the notion of 07:08, in a nod to the founder of Parmigiani Fleurier, who was born at exactly this time in the Val-de-Travers in Switzerland. The complication is placed to the left of centre, just after the 7 o’clock index, while the tourbillon’s orientation is determined by an angle corresponding to 07:08, and highlighted by a red applique around the edge of the seconds.
The decoration on the movement bridges also follows an oblique pattern formed of a series of Côtes de Genève. Their design, which follows a circular arc, added an extra degree of difficulty. They take the form of a wave, reflecting the oscillations of the tourbillon which spread through the movement. The circular arc design required a very complex operation involving a recalibration for each new facet of the Côtes de Genève. There is no room for error.
The Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is now available with five dial versions: grey mother of pearl, white or black jade, grained white, and blue abyss with Côtes de Genève decoration. The grey mother of pearl version features the same sleek, tapered indices as the original Tonda 1950. It reflects the pure elegance that has made this such a successful model. The white gold case is set with stones. It complements the play of light produced by the mother of pearl, which reflects off the real ruby cabochon.
The white and black jade dials display all the refinement of this precious stone. Their multi-faceted crystalline surface imparts depth and sophistication to the piece. The indices on these two versions have three facets, for a more technical aesthetic. A luminescent coating on the upper facet guarantees perfect readability at night.
The final versions – white grained and blue abyss with Côtes de Genève dials – feature the classic Parmigiani Fleurier treatment with their three-faceted indices; those last timepieces adorn the brand’s most exquisite creations.