Dubai, United Arab Emirates, April 28, 2020: To reflect the fact that every woman is unique, Parmigiani Fleurier presents a sumptuous new Tonda line, available in different versions to fulfil every desire. The manufacture's watchmakers have struck a delicate balance between technical accomplishment and the finest jeweller's art, offering exceptional variations enhanced with diamonds, aventurine, lace and mother-of-pearl. This rose gold jewel, available with a diameter of either 33 mm or 36 mm, is the perfect fit for every woman.
Refined yet understated, the new Tonda embodies every aspiration of the modern woman, making each moment of the day unique. Reflecting today's multicultural and multifaceted society, this new line of timepieces, with its variety of dials, functions and diameters, is an ode to diversity and features luxury codes which are undeniably feminine and utterly universal. Faithful to its history, Parmigiani Fleurier appeals to all women, from Asia to the Americas, via Europe and Africa, in all the greatest cities of the world.
From the choice of the most refined materials to the painstaking work required to create the horological elements, the greatest diligence has been applied to every phase of its design. The play of light – showcasing the different diamond cuts, combined with the sidereal reflections of the aventurine or the golden lacework delicately applied over the mother-of-pearl – has been engineered to ensure that each of these unique spectacles is a triumph at every turn. And if this were not enough, a moon phase indicator adds to the poetry on every one of the dials. In addition to its haute horlogerie expertise, Parmigiani Fleurier once again demonstrates its skill in working the most delicate of natural materials.
Spearheading this line are the Tonda Métropolitaine aventurine 36 mm and the Tonda Sélène mother-of-pearl 36 mm; exquisitely refined timepieces which perfectly reflect the everyday elegance of the modern woman, celebrating every moment of her life.
The Tonda Métropolitaine aventurine is equipped with the PF310 proprietary automatic movement with a gold oscillating weight, and features a 36 mm diameter case paired with a bezel set with 46 IF diamonds totalling 1.8 ct. IF stands for 'Internally Flawless' and designates one of the highest grades possible on the clarity scale: that of a pure diamond seen under x10 magnification. The aventurine dial of this timepiece evokes the twinkling of a clear night sky, with each of the copper inclusions illustrating the rich glow of starlight. The skeletonised hour and minute hands are shaped like sage leaves, and the small seconds hand is set at six o'clock. A blue sapphire cabochon adorns the crown. An Indigo Blue Hermès alligator strap completes this luxurious watch.
Shimmering mother-of-pearl takes pride of place on the dial of the Tonda Sélène mother-of-pearl. This rose gold timepiece also adopts a diameter of 36 mm. Set with 46 IF diamonds totalling 1.8 ct, its bezel encircles a white mother-of-pearl dial set with gold indices. Fine gold lacework allows iridescent hints of mother-of-pearl to be glimpsed in its centre. Driven by the manufacture PF 318 automatic calibre with a gold oscillating weight, this timepiece has leaf-shaped luminescent hands, a moon phase indicator at twelve o'clock, and a small seconds hand at six o'clock. A white opal cabochon decorates the crown of this watch, while an Etoupe Hermès calfskin strap echoes the colours adopted by this new timepiece.
The line is completed by 3-hand Tonda Métropolitaine mother-of-pearl and Tonda Sélène aventurine versions, available with a 36 mm case, with all versions available with a 33 mm case and a bezel set with 60 diamonds totalling 0.8 ct.
There have always been close links between the art of the jeweller and watchmaker. Parmigiani Fleurier has been able to draw extensive knowledge from its restoration of numerous pieces made from the most precious of materials. One such example was a hunter case watch dating from 1920 and taken from the Maurice Sandoz Collection. Its case-back with reddish-orange enamel on guilloché, and its ring and crown, both set with diamonds, have been painstakingly studied within the manufacture's workshop. It is this expertise that has contributed to the creation of the new Tonda.
Taking its name from its founder, watchmaker and restorer Michel Parmigiani, the fine watchmaking brand was founded in 1996 in Fleurier, in the Swiss valley of Val-de-Travers. With its own watchmaking centre ensuring its independence, the brand has both full control over the production process and unique creative freedom. For over twenty years, the Parmigiani Fleurier signature has resided within timepieces that command the utmost respect, in harmony with watchmaking traditions. They are the labour of a lifetime – that of Michel Parmigiani, the talented individuals who assist him, and the special relationship between the Manufacture and the masterpieces of the past, enabling it to invent a bold future.