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Parmigiani Toric Ovale

This one’s not new new – information about it has been circulating since late last year.

However, more details did emerge during SIHH, and it’s such an interesting piece – telescopic hands! – that we felt a quick update was in order.

30 pieces will be made in rose gold and 30 in white gold.

Each will be a rather large 52.2mm and house an enamel dial.

As alluded to, and as you see from the picture, the main feature of this watch – inspired by early 19th century British watchmakers Vardon & Stedmann – are telescopic hands that get longer or shorter as they rotate around the oval dial.

Movement is the Swiss automatic PF in-house caliber 111 with 269 components and an 8 day power reserve.

As you’d expect, this is not a ‘cheapie’ watch :-)

MSRP is $95,000.

Parmigiani Toric Minute Repeater

There’s something both alien and retro about this Parmigiani Toric Minute Repeater – I really like it.

This is a 45mm piece in 18kt white gold.

It has an AR-coated sapphire crystal, a sapphire display back and is water resistant to 10 meters.

Each piece is individually numbered and engraved with “A LA VIEILLE RUSSIE – NEW-YORK 2011” on the caseback.

Movement is the hand-wind Parmigiani in-house caliber PF321 with 33 jewels, 18,000 vph and a power reserve of 45 hours.

The main plate and bridges are hand-bevelled and the repeater strikes cathedral chimes (great!).

The time is displayed in a half-moon aperture, comprising 60-minute indexes with each quarter-hour sector in 5-minute subdivisions.

The hour has an Arabic numeral display. The module incorporates a rotary system comprising three planetary gears with four arms, each end of which bears a number. Directly meshed with the hour wheel, the set of discs is driven via a cam system, which brings up the next hour as soon as the previous one has run its course.

The dial is white mother-of-pearl and the leather strap is by Hermes.

Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing “Confederação Brasileira de Futebol” Chronograph

This colourful and lengthily titled piece from Parmigiani has been produced to celebrate a new partnership with the Brazilian Football Confederaton – the governing body of football in Brazil.

The colours of course are representative of the Brazilian national colours.

It’s a 45mm titanium piece with pink or white gold bezel.

The movement is a PF334 automatic mechanical and the back of the case is engraved with the logo of the CBF.

The strap is Hermès alligator “blue abyss” with steel folding clasp.

Ronaldo was the lucky recipient of watch #1 but for an estimated $20K or so, and a bit of luck, you can be samba-ing out of the dealer with one of your own.


Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport

Wow, check out this bad boy!

[Press Release] On the wrist of Bugatti test driver Pierre-Henri Raphanel, travelling at a top speed of 431 km/h, the latest iconic Parmigiani creation – the new Bugatti Super Sport watch – is the perfect model to accompany records to the end of time and become a legend.

An audacious contender boasting superb technical performance, fresh from the Bugatti automobile workshops in Molsheim, the Bugatti Veyron 16.4 Super Sport made history in June by setting a world land speed record for production sports cars.

A representative from the Guinness Book of Records confirmed the result at the Ehra-Lessien track.

This feat was matched by an unprecedented watchmaking achievement. Parmigiani Fleurier, the official partner of Bugatti since 2001, unveiled the second generation of its Bugatti models. A special first edition of 30 pieces.

In 2004, Parmigiani revolutionised the world of watchmaking by placing the entire movement of its Bugatti Type 370 watch on a transverse axis, just like a car engine block. A pillar assembly connected the calibre’s five plates and the train wheels cut in the shape of a car wheel.

In 2010, Parmigiani flips all the mechanical components of the new calibre Bugatti PF 372 onto a vertical axis, retaining the lateral time display so appreciated car drivers. *

In a world premiere, Parmigiani has successfully developed a 90° time setting system – the dial is positioned perpendicular to the display axis (hours/minutes) – by integrating a system of double pinions with bevel gearing. Like the complete movement, this unique and complex mechanical system, which allows the time to be displayed on the side, has been entirely designed and created in the workshops of the Fleurier manufacture (VMF).


Parmigiani Tonda 1950

[Press Release] In both its pure, elegant aesthetic and its exceptionally refined profile, the new Tonda 1950 meets the highest standards in terms of comfort and readability: a return to the basics which define a true classic.

The Tonda 1950 reinterprets the very essence of the Parmigiani style: its profile. Slender, finer, it is the perfect showcase for the brand’s iconic signature – the four lugs, round and ergonomic. In rose gold or white gold, the Tonda 1950 is the new, extra-flat classic model featuring the key markers of time – hours, minutes and small seconds.


Parmigiani Thirty-year Continuous Lunar Calendar Clock

[Press Release] Never before in the history of watchmaking has a Hegirian mechanical continuous calendar been invented by a Swiss Haute Horlogerie company.

The only one of its kind in the world and achieved after many years of research, the Parmigiani thirty-year continuous lunar calendar clock indicates the time over a lunar cycle lasting 30 years, alternating the 19 normal years with 11 leap years.

Based on the ephemerides from the Paris Observatory,  Parmigiani Fleurier’s thirty-year lunar calendar is theoretical as it is based on the observation of the celestial mechanical movement.


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