Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

A radiant tourbillon illuminates a shower of diamonds, revealing a double rainbow over a scintillating aventurine night sky.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow
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Following the launch of the Tonda 1950 Rainbow, Parmigiani Fleurier is proud to present its new creation: the Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow. This haute horlogerie timepiece, driven by the in-house ultra-thin PF517 movement, features a double gradient of extraordinary colours and represents a fine example of Parmigiani Fleurier’s skill in marrying the arts of watchmaking and jewellery.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

The dial, set with white diamonds on the Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow, is adorned with a crescent of aventurine within a gradient of coloured stones. This colour progression represents a mirror image of the stones set on the bezel. No rainbow ever stands truly on its own; a second rainbow featuring the colours in reverse generally accompanies it and is caused by a secondary reflection of the light on water droplets. The careful selection and setting of these stones evoke this natural phenomenon and is the result of the most painstaking and meticulous work of our artisans.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

The ultra-thin PF517 movement, comprising a platinum micro-rotor and flying tourbillon, was developed following in-depth studies by the Manufacture’s master watchmakers. To keep the piece as slim as possible, the tourbillon was in fact integrated in the movement’s main plate.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

The position of the tourbillon at 7 o’clock on the dial is a nod to the brand’s founder, Michel Parmigiani, who was born at 7:08 am on December 2nd, 1950. The Tonda 1950 line also pays tribute to this master watchmaker who, in the midst of the Quartz Crisis, maintained a firm belief in the value of the finest traditional mechanical watchmaking.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

The rose gold case and the red Hermès leather strap, or the rose gold bracelet, perfectly complement the spectacular array of colours surrounding by the tourbillon.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

In 1976, Michel Parmigiani opened a restoration workshop, where he studied and brought back to life dozens of historical watchmaking masterpieces. 20 years later, Parmigiani Fleurier was founded. In honour of its origins, its workshop continues to thrive and restore all kinds of horological pieces from the past. It also serves as an inspiration for all of the its creations.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

Ultra-thin movements are one of Parmigiani Fleurier’s areas of expertise. For example, the restoration workshop recently worked on a pocket watch in enamelled gold commissioned by Tsar Nicolas I. This extremely rare watch dates back to around 1840 and was made by Robert Brandt & Cie in La Chaux-de-Fonds. The ultra-thin watch movement that powers it is known as a “Bagnolet”. This is an “inverted” calibre in which the gears rotate in the opposite direction to allow the time to be read in the conventional way.

PARMIGIANI FLEURIER

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.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Flying Tourbillon Double Rainbow Technical Specifications

Ref: PFH279-1064600-HA2121

Movement

  • CALIBRE PF517
  • WINDING Automatic
  • TOTAL DIMENSIONS 14 ¼”’ – Ø 32.0 mm
  • THICKNESS 3.4 mm
  • FREQUENCY 3 Hz – 21’600 A/h
  • POWER-RESERVE 48 hours
  • NB OF COMPONENTS 207
  • NB OF JEWELS 29

Functions

  • Hours, minutes, 60 seconds tourbillon

Dial

  • COLOUR Full set
  • HANDS Skeleton Delta-shaped
  • NB OF DIAMONDS 572
  • CARATS 1.4020
  • NB OF SAPPHIRE 32
  • CARATS 0.3100

Case

  • DIMENSIONS Ø 40.20 mm
  • THICKNESS 9.4 mm
  • MATERIAL 18ct rose gold
  • WATER-RESISTANCE 30 m
  • BACK Sapphire
  • GLASS Anti-reflective sapphire
  • NB OF SAPPHIRE 40
  • CARATS 2.5900

Bracelet

  • BRAND Hermès
  • MATERIAL Alligator
  • COLOUR Red ember

Buckle

  • TYPE Pin buckle
  • MATERIAL 18ct rose gold

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