Sleek and classy—Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Squelette
In a mere 2.6mm the Calibre PF705 is really a special accomplishment, the ‘dial’ is really a obvious sapphire crystal over a grooved peripheral band, and onto which towards the delicately tapering indices happen to be applied, stretching on the sapphire and also over outdoors mechanism beneath, and therefore aside from the luminous covered ‘delta’ hands, anything else displayed is pure movement.
The main plate continues to be machined by hand prior to being beveled and brushed to depart an even grained finish on its gray arterial-like form, which intertwines using the bridge and discloses the significant parts and also the constant play of the escapement and balance. However it’s the weird dial side view of the solid platinum micro rotor which first catches the attention and focuses attention because it spins away merrily in the 11 o’clock position.
Exactly the same focus on every little detail can also be in evidence when it’s surrended like a sapphire case back discloses yet more immaculate metalworking around the bridge components and a much better view of the complex arrangement inside.
Obviously the micro rotor is essential towards the almost wafer thin construction of the PF700 number of ultra-slim self-winding calibres, because it retires the requirement for an area hungry surface mounted oscillating weight and tucks it away, built-into the movement itself. Additionally, it demonstrates the innovation and technical capabilities of the manufacture behind the apparent simple a two hand watch.
You will find two variants of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tondo 1950 Squelette, each with slightly different personas a gents that is cased in whitened or rose gold and also the subject of the description above, in addition to a ladies version that also is available in whitened or rose gold, except set with 84 diamonds around the bezel. Abnormally, both men and women watches share exactly the same 39mm case size, but where they are doing differ most noticeably is within using a gentle frosting around the sapphire dial around the ladies model, by which the movement seems modest in silhouette.
Because of the lower dimensions of the movement, the instances are pretty thin too, the white gold gents piece only 7.8mm and also the ladies at 8.4mm, most probably because of the diamonds which embellish the bezel. Each seriously Hermés alligator straps with ardillon buckle.
For me personally skeletonisation, although interesting, doesn’t necessarily work and it is clearly challenging execute to have it perfect, but Parmigiani Fleurier did exactly that using the Tondo 1950 Squelette. It isn’t too shouty or over done, indeed it’s almost sleek and definitely classy. Calibre PF705 has 144 components and works at 21,600 vph having a power reserve of 42 hours. Costs are €35,300 for that gents and €38,300 for that diamond-set ladies model.