March 28, 2023

What isn’t entirely traditional is the Ovale XL case, which aBlogtoWatch has reviewed in its different Parmigiani types here. I personally adore this case because of its effective mix of elegant appearances, flattering visuals around the wrist, and distinctiveness from a number of other watch instance styles on the market. What’s better is how comfortable the Ovale feels, and the way that it seems familiar yet not like anything else on the market. Patek Philippe for several years tried to maintain the value of a case similar to the in the Ellipse. Though, Parmigiani is the one that made this elliptical circle contour a good choice for contemporary men’s watches.This brand new for 2017 Parmigiani Ovale XL Tourbillon introduces a “blue abyss” coloured dial that has a blue color applied over a metal base that’s decorated with vertical Côtes de Genève-style stripes. You don’t find those on dials all of the time, however they are not as rare as they used to be anymore. The hour markers are implemented 18k rose gold, to match the situation material and color.Compare the pictured Ovale XL Tourbillon with all the Côtes de Genève dial to the other Parmigiani Ovale XL Tourbillon out of 2014. You can observe how Parmigiani enjoys to play with a lot of dial fashions. The prior version needed a semi-skeletonized dial, slightly different hour markers, and a different power reserve indicator. The upside of that sooner model is having the ability to see more of this hand-decorated movement through the dial, but I like the increased sense of symmetry with this reference PFH750-1000600-HA3141 version.

Each one is unique while belonging to a whole, as astronomers believe that they originated from a single body that probably exploded hundreds of millions of years ago. The history of these meteorites can be read on the dial of the Tonda 1950 Météorite presented by Parmigiani Fleurier. It is a continuation of the previous special meteorite editions, which were presented in abyss blue and black nickel.

Cut using a process developed by the Manufacture’s dial-makers, this extremely hard and variable mineral structure stone was then polished before being chemically treated to bring out the famous “Widmanstätten patterns”. These are formed as the metal slowly cools over a long period; their striations bring an enigmatic message to each dial.

The case and bezel of the new Tonda 1950 are made from titanium and feature a polished finish. This 7.8 mm thick case houses the PF 702 proprietary self-winding calibre. With just 2.6 mm of thickness, it belongs to the realm of ultrathin movements. Its in-house finishes, the sand-blasted, circular-grained and rhodium-plated nickel silver main plate, the hand-bevelled bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève, and the bevelled, sunk wheels circular-grained on both sides and gilded before cutting, show that the watch belongs to the world of fine watchmaking.

The Tonda 1950 Météorite is a numbered special edition and features the words “Edition Spéciale” engraved on the case back. It comes with a shiny black Hermès alligator strap. To accompany the launch, Parmigiani Fleurier is re-releasing two other models that showcase meteorite stone, one with an abyss blue dial, the other with a black dial, both exuding an intense and mysterious character.