Monday, June 26, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Diamond-set Mother of Pearl

This Tonda 1950 timepiece boasts an exquisitely precious and delicate Tahitian mother of pearl dial (Also available with white mother of pearl) inside the extra-flat stone-set case. These stone-set timepieces in rose or white gold will appeal to discerning women with a keen eye for detail. The Tonda 1950 stone-set model features no fewer than 84 brilliant cut diamonds, perfectly integrated in the bezel. Equipped with an extra-flat automatic movement with 29 jewels, housed inside a 39-millimetre case, the Manufacture model is a marvel of scaled-down elegance.  Its iconic tear-drop horns and sleek, feminine profile are guaranteed to turn heads.
However, its most striking feature is its dial, which is made from a fine layer of mother of pearl. Unlike the reflective properties of more common materials, mother of pearl is characterised by its iridescent sheen and its ability to breathe life into any surface it adorns. Synonymous with prestige, this noble material is obtained from the most beautiful pearls carefully selected by the manufacture.
The dial is available in two very different shades: Tahitian grey mother of pearl or white mother of pearl. The dial of the Tonda 1950 stone-set mother of pearl perfectly matches the rose or white gold of the watch’s case. Its delicacy is further underlined by its restrained delta hands and the applique indexes which reflect the silvery tones of the dial and ensure excellent readability.

This comfortable, feminine line is available with a choice of four elegant Hermès straps, depending on the colour of the mother of pearl and the case. For the white gold version, the purity of the mother of pearl is beautifully complemented by a sultry ember-red Hermès strap, while the Tahitian grey mother of pearl provides a stunning contrast with the chic white calfskin strap. The stone-set rose gold version boasts a fresh look, twinning an elephant-grey strap with the Tahitian mother of pearl, while the white mother of pearl version is matched with a Hermès crocodile strap in “ficelle”, a stylish beige which is a signature of the Brand.
With an autonomy of 42 hours, the PF 701 automatic movement is driven by a micro-oscillating weight in intricately decorated platinum. With 145 components, this movement features some of the finest Haute Horlogerie finishes, masterfully accomplished by Parmigiani Fleurier thanks to its independent, verticalised watchmaking centre. The exquisite Côtes de Genève is instantly recognisable on the back of the movement, where the bridges are decorated and bevelled in line with the purest horological traditions. Parmigiani Fleurier brings together technical skill and artistry in a timepiece which is both classic and contemporary.

Technical details
Tonda 1950 Diamond-set Mother-of-pearl Dial

Movement
PF 701
Self-winding. 42-hour power reserve
Calibre 13 ¼’’’– Ø 30 mm, thickness 2.6 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
29 jewels, 1 barrel
Number of components: 145
“Côtes de Genève” decoration
Oscillating micro-weight made from 950 platinum

Functions
Hour
Minute
Small seconds at 6 o’clock

Case
3-part round case: Ø 39 mm
Thickness: 7.80 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold or white gold. Polished finish
Bezel set with 84 «Brilliant» cut diamonds, Ø 1.20 mm (Top Wesselton, VVS, ~ 0.65 ct)
Water resistance: 30 m
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crowns: Ø 5 mm
Case-back with sapphire crystal
Individual number engraved on the case-back

Dials
Extra-white mother-of-pearl and Tahiti mother-of-pearl dials
Diamond-polished appliqués
Delta-shaped hands with luminescent coating

Straps
Hermès strap with 18 ct rose or white gold ardillon buckle, polished finish
Strap versions according to the color of watch dial and case:
Extra-white mother-of-pearl dial
- Hermès alligator strap “Rouge Braise” (White gold case)
- Hermès alligator strap “Ficelle” (Rose gold case)
Tahiti mother-of-pearl dial
- Hermès white calf leather strap (White gold case)
- Hermès alligator strap “Gris Elephant” (Rose gold case)

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