Continuing the skeletonisation trend that’s going to be one of the big take home messages of SIHH 2015, independent manufacture Parmigiani Fleurier have announced that their flagship Tonda 1950 (incidentally our favourite of their line up) will be getting the skeleton treatment, with the new Tonda 1950 Squelette. But in a nice twist on the usual skeleton watch narrative, Parmigiani haven’t gotten rid of the dial in favour of the elaborate movement finishing, rather they’ve opted to expose the completely hand finished open work movement behind a sapphire dial, with only an outer ring of metal and rhodium plated indices to obstruct the view. And the view itself is pretty impressive. The PF705 is one of the thinnest automatic movements on the market at the moment, coming in at 2.6mm thick (only Piaget have a thinner one). Parmigiani have been able to achieve this thinness largely thanks to the platinum micro-rotor which is now nicely visible from the dial side. To remove so much of the bulk and still retain the structural integrity of the movement is an impressive feat, and the final result is an already attractive case that excellently showcases the very attractive movement. But that’s not all!… Read More
Even though Parmigiani Fleurier is a comparatively young brand, they produce watches that rival those of even the most prestigious maisons.
While for most Australians the name Parmigiani would be associated with classic pub meals, it turns out that Parmigiani Fleurier isn’t an exotic schnitzel, but rather a top notch independent watch manufacture. You may not of heard of them because they’re a pretty boutique outfit, and fairly young in the world of multigenerational watch brands (they were founded in 1996 by the Sandoz foundation). But this only makes the watches they make more impressive. We were invited by The Hour Glass (the Australian Parmigiani Fleurier authorized dealer) to get up close and personal with the watches and find out a little more about what makes the brand tick. Broadly speaking the style of Parmigiani watches is an interesting blend of the classic and the contemporary. Many of the watches familiar shapes and styles, such as round dress pieces, large tournau shapes and sporty chronographs, but the case designs and dials are executed with a very distinctive flair, which is a refreshing change in an industry that can be very conservative and averse to taking risks with design. What allows Parmigiani Fleurier to pull this off is that along with their unique (and sometimes downright quirky) watches, the craftsmanship is top… Read More