Saturday, October 14, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Qualité Fleurier

Parmigiani Fleurier has been involved with the prestigious Fleurier Quality Foundation certification label since 2004, and this is not the first of its pieces to meet the rigorous test criteria required of Certified Haute Horlogerie. The new Tonda Qualité Fleurier offers superior chronometric performance to that of its predecessors, and has been entirely reworked in terms of design and aesthetics.

The Tonda Qualité Fleurier is built on the Parmigiani Fleurier calibre 4000 with a power reserve of 55 hours. The unique feature of this movement is its series-mounted double barrel, which helps to stabilise the distribution of energy and ensure its transmission to the regulator at a constant level. Hence, whether the tension is at its maximum, when the movement is fully wound, or its minimum, when the power reserve has run down, the power inside the mechanism is stable and maintained to ensure perfect timekeeping.
In line with the requirements of the Fleurier Quality Foundation, each Tonda bearing its name and stamp has undergone a series of rigorous tests to assess the overall reliability of the movement and the exterior (strict quality criteria for each component, COSC (Contrôle Officiel Suisse des Chronomètres) certification, the Chronofiable reliability test and the Fleuritest wearing simulation). The inscription “Qualité Fleurier” on a watch’s dial guarantees chronometric performance and durability which are higher than the average.
Fleurier Quality certification also requires a very high quality aesthetic finish on the movement. The gold oscillating weight on the Tonda Qualité Fleurier and the crossed Côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges illustrate the attention to detail and fine craftsmanship that have long characterised Parmigiani Fleurier.

The aesthetic qualities of the Tonda Qualité Fleurier are guided by the pursuit of classicism and elegance. The straight line between the horns on the case achieves a beautiful balance between the roundness of the case and the linear extension of the strap. The profile of the horns is unchanged, with the characteristic lug shape remaining faithful to the brand’s codes.
The dial surface is perfectly smooth white lacquer, for a pure, luminous effect. The numerals are painted rather than applied, for a sober touch of authenticity that underlines the classicism of the piece.

A minute track with small, straight painted graduations links the numerals, producing a symbolic representation of the dial’s measuring reliability. At the base of the central second hand sits the brand’s characteristic crescent moon.

The date aperture at 6 o’clock is surrounded by a red gold frame, with the word “Chronomètre” inscribed beneath and following the rounded contour of the date in a powerful yet discreet intimation of the piece’s reliability. Finally, the inscription “Qualité Fleurier” appears at 12 o’clock, fully spelled out rather than symbolised by its logo, and imparting an air of timeless authenticity to the piece.

Technical details
Model: TONDA QUALITÉ FLEURIER

Movement
Calibre: PF331
Winding: Automatic
Power-reserve: 55 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28’800 A/h
Dimensions: 11½’’’– Ø 25.6 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Components: 220
Jewels: 32
Barrel(s): 2 series-coupled barrels
Decoration: “Côtes de Genève”, bevelled bridges

Functions
Hours and minutes
Second
Date indication

Case
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: Ø 39 mm
Thickness: 8.85 mm
Material: 18 ct red gold
Finishing: Polished
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 4.3 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number and “COLLECTION FLEURIER”

Dial
Material: Brass
Colour: White
Index: Transfered
Finishing: Lacqued
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Material: Alligator
Colour: Black
Brand: Hermès
Buckle Type: Ardillon

Other version
Tonda 39 Qualite Fleurier White Gold Silver
Reference PFC222-1200100-HA3141
White gold case
Silver coloured dial in opaline finish
Indigo blue alligator leather strap with white gold pin buckle

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