The beauty of the unexpected
Rough, irregular and fragmented. A meteorite is no ordinary material. Yet, this captivating rock forms the dial of Parmigiani Fleurier's new rose gold Tonda 1950. It follows on from the limited edition with a titanium middle unveiled at SIHH 2015. Now matched with rose gold, this Abyss blue meteorite dial features a texture whose beauty lies in the very fact that it is unpredictable; mysterious, because it is not entirely of this world.
As it enters the atmosphere, the meteor rock is subjected to a rapid change in temperature which indelibly imprints it with a crystal structure. It requires treatment in a series of acid baths to gradually reveal the magnificent texture and veins born from this natural impact. A meteorite is difficult to machine as it is much harder than normal rock. Its unpredictable mineral structure makes conventional processes unsuitable. The master dial-makers at the Manufacture Parmigiani had to use trial and error to arrive at the perfect cut and hue. A rose gold case perfectly enhances the intense Abyss blue of the dial. A true demonstration of the watchmaker's skill, the extra-thin house calibre PF 701, at just 2.6 mm thick, was designed specifically for the Tonda 1950 Meteorite.