Published on July 1st, 2017 | by Daniel Sherman Fernandez0
Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraphe (Edition 2013)
Introduced in 2009 as the part of Parmigiani Fleurier’s Haute Horlogerie collection the Tondagraphe celebrated two major new features: a grand complication combining a chronograph and a tourbillon at six o’clock, housed in an elegant white gold case. In 2013, Parmigiani Fleurier re-issued this model in two editions limited to ten pieces.
Combining the hypnotic beauty of the tourbillon with the technical prowess of the chronograph, this model is brought to life by the manufacture calibre PF 354 which boasts a 72-hour power reserve and comprises 295 components.
The bevelling of the two tourbillon bridges alone requires 20 hours of work to achieve the required quality of finish, and the cage will take almost 40 hours. But the tourbillon is the horological complication that requires the greatest skill; its mechanism is the personification of time itself. Standing out perfectly on the dial at 6 o’clock, the cage that encloses the regulating organ turns on its axis at a rate of one rotation a minute: the heart of the watch seems to beat and breathe life into the assembly.
The main aesthetic developments for this model are seen in the style of the dial, which offers a new balance. While it has retained its organisation and the original combination of materials, it demonstrates a desire for clarity and a return to the essential. The inclusion of new understated and elegant Parmigiani numerals makes it easy to read, while the two second and minute chronometer counters stand opposite each other in the centre of the dial. At 12 o’clock, the power reserve also boasts this same spirit and echoes the decorations on the tourbillon. The wearer can admire the bevelling of its bridge, and the perlage work on the barrel. True to the same style codes and quality of finish, these functions are showcased by a snailed circular dial, which is both fresh and dynamic.
Model: Tondagraphe Tourbillon – Chronograph
Tourbillon movement – hand-wound chronograph
72-hour power reserve
Calibre 13 ¼’’’– Ø 29.90 mm
Thickness: 7.6 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 Vib/h
Number of components: 295
Hand-bevelled main plate and bridges
Power reserve indicator at 12 o’clock
Small seconds at 9 o’clock
¼ second chronograph (large central seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock)
3-part round case: Ø 43 mm. Thickness: 13.3 mm
Material: 18 ct white gold. Polished finish
Water resistance: 30 m
Anti-reflective sapphire crystal
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Case-back with sapphire crystal
10-piece numbered edition
Individual numbering on the case-back
Opaline dial outer and counters, circular snailed inner, applique indexes
Delta-shaped hands with luminescent coating
Hermès alligator leather strap with 18 carat gold ardillon buckle, polished finish