A sky full of stars – that is the promise of the Tonda 1950 Galaxy. In the depths of its midnight-blue dial, copper inclusions in the aventurine glass twinkle and shimmer to evoke the Milky Way. This women's watch is glittering, original and poetic. It draws in every gaze.
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. 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 PF701 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 platinum, to ensure inertia, into the calibre, which joined the Parmigiani Fleurier range of movements.
The dial-making entity of the Parmigiani Fleurier Watchmaking Centre used aventurine glass to create this highly unique watch. The particles of midnight-blue glass are interspersed with golden copper inclusions that enhance this composition, so challenging to create on the minute scale of a dial. A stone-set rose gold bezel continues the play of light to the very edge of the piece to make the watch truly exceptional.
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.