The Tonda 1950 range is expanding to uncover the complexities of its mechanisms. The name of the Tonda 1950 is a tribute to Michel Parmigiani, as he was born in this year; while its aesthetics are a return to the brand's fundamental visual identity. With its skeletonised movement, the watch gives pride of place to technical watchmaking skill in all its beauty
The 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 – openworked to match the rest of the piece. Each of these aesthetic details form Parmigiani Fleurier's DNA and its instantly identifiable visual structure. The Tonda 1950 Squelette reveals them in their simplest form.
Each bridge and main plate of the PF705 calibre movement has been openworked and decorated in the finest detail. No fewer than 127 internal angles adorn the main plate and bridges, requiring 40 hours of work to decorate each piece by hand. The platinum micro-rotor, visible on the dial side, is decorated with a motif formed of the Parmigiani Fleurier's signature iconic lugs.
When designing this watch and its details, Michel Parmigiani studied the simple and harmonious forms found in the natural world which surrounds us. The Tonda 1950 reinterprets these inspirations. It evokes simplicity, yet each of its proportions has been carefully calculated to create a harmonious, elegant and consistent whole that draws in the gaze. The Tonda 1950 Squelette is a timeless watch, outside of the realms of fads and fashion.
Skeleton automatic movement
Skeletonising an ultra-thin movement is a masterful feat as although its slim structure makes it elegant, it also makes it potentially fragile during the cutting process. This task was performed with infinite precision by the hands of master craftsmen, which contributes to the preciousness of the PF705 movement. It owes its thickness of just 2.6 mm to the off-centred micro-rotor, which is incorporated directly into the main plate and provides it with 42 hours of autonomy.