News Baselworld 2012

Tonda 1950 Special Edition

“1950” represents the year of Michel Parmigiani's birth

The Watch Quote™ - May 24th, 2012



Its number “1950” represents the year of Michel Parmigiani's birth. The design of its four lugs, round and ergonomic, goes back to the brand's origins. Inspired by the spiral shape, these instantly recognisable features now represent the brand's identity code. This piece was chosen for its clean lines, fine profile and the clarity of its proportions - three fundamental criteria of the Parmigiani style.

The dial reveals the beauty of the mechanics. Its concentric circular "grille" shape, made using the LIGA* technique, reveals glimpses of the gear trains.

Its Calibre PF 701 movement, manufactured entirely in-house in the brand's workshops, is currently one of the thinnest in watchmaking. With its 42-hour power reserve, a 30mm diameter (13 ¼ lignes) and a thickness of just 2.6mm, the movement has an off-centre oscillating micro-weight made from 950 platinum. The Haute Horlogerie finishes make it a prestigious calibre. The nickel silver main plate is sand-blasted, circular-grained and then rhodium-plated. The bridges are sand-blasted, rubbed-down or "Côte de Genève" decorated, and, finally, rhodium-plated.
Made in a limited series of 60 numbered pieces, the Tonda 1950 Edition Spéciale is made from titanium and sports a Hermès alligator strap.

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*Creating a "negative" by UV irradiation and resin polymerisation. The part, immersed into an electroplating bath, is created by electroplating material into the mould cavities.

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Special Edition

Technical description


Model:Tonda 1950 Special Edition 60 pieces
Movement:PF701
Self-winding.
Power reserve:42 hour.
Calibre:13 ¼ ''' – Ø 30 mm, thickness 2.6 mm
Frequency:3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
Jewels:29, 1 barrel.
Decoration:"Côtes de Genève", hand-bevelled bridges.
Micro-weight:Oscillating made from 950 platinum.
Functions:Hour, minute, small second at 6 o'clock.
Exterior:Round 3-part case: Ø 39 mm. Thickness: 7.80 mm.
Material:Gr. 5. titanium Polished finish.
Water resistance:30 m.
Crystal:Anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Crown:Ø 5 mm.
Case-back :with sapphire crystal.
Individual number :and Special Edition 60 Michel Parmigiani engraved on the case-back.
Dials :"Grille" LIGA dial (Lithography, Electroplating, Molding)
Indexes :Diamond-polished applique indexes.
Hands :Delta-shaped with luminescent coating.
Wristlets:Hermès alligator strap with titanium ardillon buckle, polished finish.

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