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The brand new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Tourbillon under the eyes of Les Rhabilleurs

Le 1 September 2015

Parmigiani Fleurier presents the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon with micro-rotor (3.4mm). A feat of technology that required two years of research and development.

We’ve been among the firsts to be able to try this Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon on and shoot it in front of the new Parisian store of the brand. Here it is !

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon Shooting

To economise on space, Parmigiani Fleurier created a “flying” tourbillon whose special feature is a cage mounted on a single support bridge. A highly sophisticated ball bearing replaces the mounting function, without adding to the thickness of the movement.

Flush with the surface and therefore visible in the foreground, the cage appears to float weightlessly in front of the movement. The tourbillon of this ultra-thin model dances before the eyes to produce a captivating, almost hypnotic visual effect.

The tourbillon cage is usually made from steel, a strong metal which is easy to work. By choosing titanium, Parmigiani Fleurier knew that it had opted for a material which is very flammable during machining, and very difficult to produce in such small dimensions. However, it is thanks to titanium that the Manufacture is able to produce the world’s lightest tourbillon cage (0,255g).

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The tourbillon cage is equipped with an inertia balance which offers a very streamlined design. It differs from a traditional balance, on which the screws protrude outwards. This offers a much more streamlined structure, giving the tourbillon more stability throughout its operation.

A perfectly balanced tourbillon cage reinforced by the seconds hand in blued steel which forms an integral part of the tourbillon cage. This hand has been designed to precisely counterbalance the weight of the other components that make up the tourbillon cage.

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The Tonda 1950 family welcomes its first Haute Horlogerie model. It is inspired by the brand’s signature aesthetic codes, which it reinterprets in a contemporary spirit.

The entire aesthetic direction of the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is based on the notion of 07:08, in a nod to the founder of Parmigiani Fleurier, who was born at exactly this time in the Val-de-Travers in Switzerland.

The complication is placed to the left of centre, just after the 7 o’clock index, while the tourbillon’s orientation is determined by an angle corresponding to 07:08, and highlighted by a red applique around the edge of the seconds.

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon Dial

The decoration on the movement bridges also follows an oblique pattern formed of a series of Côtes de Genève. Their design, which follows a circular arc, added an extra degree of difficulty. They take the form of a wave, reflecting the oscillations of the tourbillon which spread through the movement.

The circular arc design required a very complex operation involving a recalibration for each new facet of the Côtes de Genève. There is no room for error.

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon Shooting

The Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is now available with five dial versions: grey mother of pearl, white or black jade, grained white, and blue abyss with Côtes de Genève decoration. The grey mother of pearl version features the same sleek, tapered indices as the original Tonda 1950.

It reflects the pure elegance that has made this such a successful model. The white gold case is set with stones. It complements the play of light produced by the mother of pearl, which reflects off the real ruby cabochon.

The white and black jade dials display all the refinement of this precious stone. Their multi-faceted crystalline surface imparts depth and sophistication to the piece. The indices on these two versions have three facets, for a more technical aesthetic.

A luminescent coating on the upper facet guarantees perfect readability at night.

The final versions – white grained, and blue abyss with Côtes de Genève dials – feature the classic Parmigiani Fleurier treatment with their threefaceted indices; those last timepieces adorn the brand’s most exquisite creations.

Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Tourbillon Shooting