1950 was the year Michel Parmigiani was born. The name of the Tonda 1950 is a tribute to Parmigiani Fleurier's founder, while its design marks a return to the brand's fundamental visual identity, which it highlights with its pure lines. This ultra-thin rose gold watch is designed for men looking for elegance and a touch of distinction.
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. Each of these aesthetic details form Parmigiani Fleurier's DNA and its instantly identifiable visual structure. The Tonda 1950 reveals them in their simplest form.
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.
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 is a timeless watch, outside of the realms of fads and fashion.
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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