No polishing, irregular, fragmentation — this is the characteristic of meteorite. However, it is this charming stone that has become the dial of Parmigiani’s new rose gold Tonda 1950 watch. This material was first seen in a limited edition watch with a titanium case released at the 2015 Geneva International Horological Fair (SIHH). The newly launched deep blue meteorite dial is matched with a rose gold case. The beauty of the texture of the meteorite dial is that it is unpredictable; yes, it is mysterious because it is not entirely from the world we are in.
As the meteorite experienced rapid temperature changes as it entered the atmosphere, its surface was imprinted with irreversible crystal structures. Even so, it looks quite natural and harmonious. Meteorites must undergo a series of acid bath treatments to gradually reveal the magnificent lines created by this natural influence.
Each meteorite treatment process is very complicated. Because its hardness is higher than that of ordinary rocks, it is difficult to process; its mineral structure is unpredictable and extremely variable, and traditional processes cannot be used. Therefore, it is necessary for the master of Parmigiani dials to rely on deep experience and tried and tested craftsmanship to be able to apply perfect cuts and present this deep blue. This plating technology is the world’s first and is also an amazing one. achievement. With the perfect contrast of the rose gold case, the blue meteorite becomes more and more charming.
Parmigiani ultra-thin movement
The ultra-thin dimensions of the PF 701 movement are due to the eccentric platinum micro-automatic rotor in the movement. The size of this watchmaking feat is only 2.6 mm, ensuring that this series of watches has a place in ultra-thin timepieces.
The Tonda 1950 movement has the most exquisite haute horology of any Parmigiani model you can imagine. Few brands give the movement such a finishing touch. The German silver main plywood is sandblasted and polished with pearl dots, and then rhodium plated. The bridge is sandblasted, patterned or decorated with Geneva waves, then chamfered by hand, and finally rhodium-plated. At the same time, each gear has been chamfered, grooved, and double-sided pearl dots polished before being cut, and then gold-plated to finally create an eye-catching finish.
The high-level finishing on each part is based on the philosophy shared by the technical centers of Parmigiani. The Tonda 1950 movement is built by Parmigienne from the inside out and meticulously and independently, so as to ensure that each movement demonstrates Parmigiani’s first-class professional skills.
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