1950 was the year Michel Parmigiani was born. The name of the Tonda 1950 is a tribute to Parmigiani Fleurier's founder, while its aesthetics are a return to the brand's fundamental visual identity, which it highlights with its pure lines. This ultra-thin steel watch is designed for men looking for everyday elegance.
The new Tonda 1950 is the aesthetic essence of Parmigiani Fleurier as it showcases all the brand's signature codes – and nothing else. The thin, slender profile with the two emblematic lugs; the cut round crown; the delta-shaped hands. Simplicity is key, but each of its proportions has been carefully calculated to create a coherent elegance and harmony that draws in the gaze.
Three years of research and development were needed to successfully create the PF702 calibre, an ultra-thin automatic movement. The main challenge was to incorporate the rotor into the calibre itself without adding to its thickness. The solution was to integrate a micro-rotor made from tungsten, to ensure inertia, into the calibre, which joined the Parmigiani Fleurier range of movements.
The dial of the Tonda 1950 Steel is available in three colours: black or silvered for an understated, elegant touch – or Abyss blue, with deep reflections to capture the eye. These dials feature an external minute track, even present on the seconds counter. This is designed to make the indications easier to read, perfect for a watch intended for frequent use.
At just 2.6 mm thick, the PF701 movement owes its slim profile to an off-centred micro-rotor directly integrated into the main plate. This component winds the movement, which has an autonomy of 42 hours. This calibre was developed to allow for the addition of multiple functions — such as a calendar or moon phase indication — without altering the slender proportions of the Tonda 1950 family. This serves as proof of the excellent design of the PF701 movement and its successive variations.
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