Parmigiani “Tonda 1950” Watch — Understated Elegance & Craftsmanship

Parmigiani Tonda 1950

Movement: PF 700
Automatic winding. 42 hour power reserve.
Calibre 13 ¼ ”’ – Ø 30 mm, thickness 2.6 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
29 jewels, 1 barrel.
“Côtes de Genève” decoration, hand bevelled bridges.
Oscillating micro-weight made from 950 platinum.

Functions: Hour, minute, small seconds at 6 o’clock.

Exterior: Round 3-part case: Ø 39 mm. Thickness: 7.8 mm.
Material: 18 ct rose gold, white gold. Polished finish.
Water resistance: 30 m.
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal.
Crowns: Ø 5 mm.
Case-back with sapphire crystal.
Individual number engraved on the case-back.

Dials: 2 variants, “Graphite” and “Grained white”.
Diamond-polished appliques, opaline background. Delta shaped hands with luminescent coating.

Wristlets: Alligator strap with ardillon buckle on rose and white gold, polished finish.

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Parmigiani’s newest movement – the twelfth in-house caliber from the manufacture – is the PF 700, an extra-thin automatic that powers the Tonda 1950. The movement is 30mm or 13 ¼ lignes in diameter and just 2.6 mm thick, with an off-center micro-oscillating weight in platinum 950.

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, then beveled by hand and, finally, rhodium-plated. Also note the attractive finish of each wheel, beveled, sunk, circular-grained on both faces, then gilded before cutting.

The Tonda 1950 case, with sapphire display back, measures a classic 39mm in diameter and 7.8mm thick. Available in rose gold with a grained white dial and white gold with a graphite dial, the Tonda 1950 is a study in stylish simplicity, and it is created entirely in-house, save for the crystals and strap.


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