Saturday, October 14, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Hémisphères

The Tonda Hémisphères is an ultimate traveller’s watch thanks to its two time zone complication, which allows any two locations to be paired, and correct to the nearest minute. It even allows those locations with a half-hour or quarter-hour difference to be paired with full hour times set from the Greenwich meridian.

The Tonda Hémisphères achieves perfect synchronisation with the local time thanks to its ingenious mechanism which incorporates two independent movements, a motor and a follower. This allows the second time zone to be synchronised with the main time, i.e. linked to the full hour time with the desired interval, or indexed to it, with an additional interval of minutes as well as hours, as is necessary.
Parmigiani Fleurier has taken technical sophistication a step further than conventional GMT watches, whose second time zones only display full hour intervals from the main time. On this model, the calibre PF377 of the Tonda Hémisphères is controlled by two independent crowns: one to wind the movement and adjust the date and the main time; the other, positioned above, to adjust the minutes of the small time zone.
The Tonda Hémisphères also features a day and night indication for each time zone. When the wearer of the Tonda Hémisphères checks the time in the desired part of the world, he gets an immediate impression of what his acquaintance might be doing. The small spherical indication informs him of the time of day or night in the location in question, allowing a mental picture to form immediately.
The Tonda Hémisphères is a watch that combines functionality and poetry. It measures the time in relation to experience and offers extreme precision while leaving plenty of space for the imagination

Technical details
Movement
Calibre: PF337
Winding: Automatic
Movement featuring additional time zone with minute setting
Power-reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28’800 A/h
Dimensions: 15 ¾’’’ – Ø 35.60 mm
Thickness: 5.1 mm
Components: 316
Jewels: 38
Barrel(s): 2 series-coupled barrels
Decoration: “Côtes de Genève”, bevelled bridges

Functions
Central hours and minutes
Small second at 6 o’clock
Date indication at 9 o’clock
Second time zone hour/minute at 12 o’clock
Day/night at 6 o’clock

Case
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: Ø 42 mm
Thickness: 11.15 mm
Material: Steel or gold depends upon the model
Finishing: Polished
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 5.5 mm & Ø 7 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number

Models
TONDA HEMISPHERES ROSE GOLD HAVANE
Reference PFC231-1001200-HA1241
18ct rose gold case
Dial colour: Havana
Index: Rose gold plated appliqués with luminescent coating
Finishing: Côtes de Genève, opaline center, snailed counters
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Havana coloured Alligator strap
Pin buckle in 18ct rose gold

TONDA HEMISPHERES ROSE GOLD GRAINED WHITE
Reference PFC231-1002400-HA1241
18ct rose gold case
Dial colour: Grained white
Index: Rose gold plated appliqués with luminescent coating
Finishing: Grained, opaline center, snailed counter
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Havana coloured Alligator strap
Pin buckle in 18ct rose gold

TONDA HEMISPHERES STEEL SET IVORY
Reference PFC231-0060700-HC2822
Stainless steel Case
Gem setting: No of diamonds 80; Carats 0.8416
Dial Colour: Ivory
Index: Rhodium plated appliqués with luminescent coating
Finishing: Opalin, snailed counters
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Calf leather strap in Blue Storm colour
Folding clasp in stainless steel

TONDA HEMISPHERES STEEL BLUE STEEL
Reference PFC231-0001800-HA1442
Stainless steel case
Dial Colour Blue steel
Index: Rhodium plated appliqués with black lack
Finishing: Openworked dial with circular satin-finished, Opaline center
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Black alligator strap in Blue Storm colour
Folding clasp in stainless steel

TONDA HÉMISPHÈRES SUPER-LUMINOVA
This version owes its aesthetic quality and originality to the use of Super-LumiNova®. Set within the dark dial, two counters leap out, encircled by this luminescent material highlighting the contour of the second time zone at 12 o’clock and of the small second at 6 o’clock. Viewed in complete darkness, the Tonda Hémisphères takes on a completely different appearance. The two counters stand out in the form of a figure 8 – a symbol of infinity and harmony. A very fine layer of Super-LumiNova® highlights each index with elegant discretion. Finally, the main time indicating hands are lit, as is customary for Parmigiani Fleurier watches, ensuring that the time dominates the dial unobscured.

Features
Stainless steel case
Dial material: Brass – Colour: Black
Index: Rhodium plated appliqués with luminescent coating
Finishing: Opaline, counters with luminescent coating
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Bracelet Material: Alligator – Colour: Gold
Brand: Hermès
Buckle type: Folding

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