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Tonda
1950 TOURBILLON

Tourbillon automatic movement
Ref: PFH279-1201400-HA1441

PFH279-1201400-HA1441

The quintessential expression of watchmaking expertise, the ultra-thin tourbillon features on Parmigiani Fleurier's iconic model: the Tonda 1950. The name of this piece is a tribute to Michel Parmigiani, with the number representing the year he was born; its design marks a return to Parmigiani Fleurier's fundamental visual identity, which it highlights with its pure lines; and its mechanical complexity demonstrates the brand's Haute Horlogerie expertise.

A flying tourbillon

To save on space, Parmigiani Fleurier created a "flying" tourbillon whose cage is mounted only on a lower 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 ultra-thin movement. The tourbillon dances before the eyes to produce a captivating, almost hypnotic visual effect.

A titanium tourbillon cage – the world's lightest (0.255 grams)

The tourbillon cage is usually made from steel, a strong metal which is easy to work. In using titanium, Parmigiani Fleurier is aware to have chosen a flammable material which is very complex to machine at such small dimensions. However, titanium enables the brand to produce the world's lightest tourbillon cage. Its very low weight and inertia enable rotational movement with no loss of torque.

Design: Parmigiani Fleurier's DNA

The Tonda 1950 Tourbillon is the aesthetic essence of Parmigiani Fleurier as it clearly showcases all the brand's signature codes. The thin, slender profile with the two emblematic lugs; the cut round crown; the delta-shaped hands, the tourbillon at 7:08, which is the time of Michel Parmigiani's birth.

Movement
PF517

Tourbillon automatic movement

The micro-rotor in 950 platinum which winds the calibre is the component that determines the thinness of the PF517 movement. It is directly integrated in the main plate, without adding to the thickness. The watch designers of the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking centre managed to integrate the micro-rotor, the barrel, the tourbillon cage and the time-setting mechanism on the same main plate – all while keeping the time display at the centre. This technical feat is achieved thanks to the independent manufacture

Movement

Calibre
PF517
Winding
Automatic
Total dimensions
14 ¼''' – Ø 32.0 mm
Thickness
3.4 mm
Frequency
3 Hz – 21’600 A/h
Power-reserve
48 hours
Nb of components
207
Nb of jewels
29

Functions

Hours, minutes, 60 seconds tourbillon

Dial

Colour
Black
Index
Rhodium plated appliques with luminescent coating
Finishing
Polished Jade
Hands
Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Case

Dimensions
Ø 40.20 mm
Thickness
8.6 mm
Material
18ct white gold
Water-resistance
30 m
Back
Sapphire
Glass
Anti-reflective sapphire

Bracelet

Brand
Hermès
Material
Alligator
Colour
Black

Buckle

Type
Pin buckle
Material
18ct white gold