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Presented as a forerunner of the Parmigiani Fleurier 2009 collections, the Tondagraph celebrates two major new features: its grand complication, still unparalleled since the creation of the Fleurier brand, and its new case, with more markedly classic curves.
Let's take its mechanism first. Combining the hypnotic beauty of the Tourbillon with the technical function of the Chronograph, the Tondagraph model (Calibre PF 354) joins the highly exclusive world of Parmigiani Fleurier's Haute Horlogerie collections. Testifying to a level of excellence that must never be lacking in the craftsman's hand, all Haute Horlogerie models are the fruit of tens of trades essential for creating an in-house manufactured piece. While the chamfering of the two Tourbillon bridges alone requires 20 hours' work to achieve the requisite finish quality, the cage as a whole will require nearly 40 hours. As proof, the light glides over the components with an incomparable shine. The entire mechanism is visible via the back of the watch, enabling the connoisseur to admire both its faces fully.
The style of dial, marked by its "Côtes de Genève" design, blends perfectly into Parmigiani's aesthetic line. In the middle of the dial, the double ellipse formed by the outline of the Tourbillon cage and of the 30 minute chronograph counter is now one of the brand's outstanding codes. The two-level graduated tachometer can be used for measuring speeds of 3000 km/h, supplementing the chronograph's indications.
Finally, its case. Its round shape has been redesigned to provide space and openings. Now incorporating a bezel, it still offers a perfectly rounded profile, but this bezel makes for a greater overall character, and above all a broader expression of the dial's time indications. The lugs so characteristic of the Parmigiani style are boldly presented, as a final signature of its elegance.
The Tondagraph, available as a 30-piece limited edition in 18 carat white gold (with individual numbering on the case back) adds to the new contemporary faces that Parmigiani Fleurier wishes to offer Haute Horlogerie.
Model Tondagraph 43 Tourbillon - Chronograph.
Movement PF354, Tourbillon and chronograph.
Functions Hour.Minute. Small seconds at 9 o'clock.
1⁄4 second chronograph (central large seconds, 30 minute counter at 3 o'clock).
Exterior Round 3-part case: Æ 43 mm. Thickness: 13.3 mm.
Material: 150 PD white gold. Polished finish.
Water resistance: 30 m.
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Crown: Ø 7 mm.
Case-back with sapphire crystal.
30-piece special edition.
Individual numbering on the case-back.
Dials Silver: "Côtes de Genève" centre, opaline ring, "Graphite" 30 minute counter, applique indexes, Delta shaped hands with luminous material.
Leather Hermes alligator skin with deployant buckle, polished finish.