Suppose you’re searching for a dress watch. A dress watch as well as it must be an unadulterated, pure breed dress watch and it must be among second to none. So you center your (on the web) search questions on Haute Horlogerie, or top of the line watches, and dress watch and expectation you will discover what you’re searching for. Lamentably Google serves you such a large number of results that just don’t matter. At any rate they don’t apply as per our principles. Today we’re going to show you a model that does qualify, and effectively holds its own with the greatest names in the business. We’re discussing the sublimely rich Parmigiani Tonda 1950.
When talking dress watches, we are not in every case straight in our arrangement, we need to concede that. Some of the time we arrange an exquisite watch that features a moon stage and date as dress watch, while in its most perfect structure a dress watch ought to only indicates time with a few hands (with or without seconds). There’s a great deal of decision, particularly when you see costs beginning around 1,000 Euros, going up to a many thousands. There’s for example the reasonable Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Ultra Slim , what begins around 2k for the steel form, and on the opposite finish of the range there’s the Patek Calatrava, which is viewed by numerous individuals as the mother of every dress watch. It retails for around 20,000 Euros, the Calatrava really sets the dress watch benchmark. So let’s accept that as beginning stage for taking a gander at the Parmigiani Tonda 1950.
The Fleurier-based brand Parmigiani flies somewhat under the radar, anyway once individuals become acquainted with this brand, it is difficult to overlook the immaculate completing of the development, the case, dial and hands. Everything is made in-house, since Parmigiani is completely vertically coordinated. Along with Hermès they own the development fabricate Vaucher (Parmigiani holds a greater part share). They additionally own a case fabricate, dial make and a few different makes that produce more modest parts, for Parmigiani and furthermore for some other renowned watch brands.
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The Tonda assortment comprises of a few round formed watches, with different complcations; there is for example the Tonda 1950 Squelette (completely skeletonized development) and the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon , highlighting the world’s most slender programmed flying tourbillon. The brand that is named after expert watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, who is still in charge of specialized turns of events and the rebuilding division, has a lot more amazing watches in the assortment. We particularly like the Bugatti pieces that all element a development that looks practically like the driving force of a Bugatti Veyron. Enough about the brand, presently let’s center around what we consider to be extraordinary compared to other looking and best completed dress watches on the market.
At first look the Tonda 1950 is a pure blood dress watch, with exemplary looks and measurements, a perfect fresh dial, no date to upset the feel and the equilibrium of the dial, and an excellent created calfskin tie. It retails for approx. € 15,000 Euros and comes in either 18K white or red gold. The wonderful cowhide tie comes from Hermès, who make the ties for all Parmigiani watches, and the quality is just superb.
What stood apart subsequent to wearing the Tonda 1950 for certain weeks is really that there were nothing that truly stood apart adversely. Ordinarily with even the most esteemed brands/watches there’s somewhat of a sharp edge working on this issue, or fasten, or the decipherability is in reality sort of poor. None of that here! The Tonda 1950 is entirely made, completed and includes some exceptionally decent details.
The case and strap
At Parmigiani, watches with a round case are not the norm. Directly from the very beginning, they made watches with various shapes and that is the thing that makes their watches so novel. What’s more, in spite of the Tonda 1950 highlights a round case, Parmigiani figured out how to keep the conspicuous looks. The drags highlight their trademark plan that can be found on pretty much every Parmigiani wrist watch. These molded drags are one of the trademark Parmigiani highlights that give the exemplary round Tonda 1950 that ‘special touch’.
The case estimates 39 mm in measurement and is 7.8 mm thick, and in this manner unquestionably qualify as a dress watch. Because of the short, descending inclining carries, the Tonda wears entirely comfortable. Assume the hauls would be straight rather than descending inclining, it would have a vastly different equilibrium on the wrist. With these ergonomics the Tonda 1950 is a sheer delight to wear. Completing is of the greatest level and everything feels (and looks) smooth.
The lash, as of now referenced, is made in the Hermès ateliers, and is shut with a tang lock that is executed in a similar shading gold as the case.
Dial and hands
Both dial tones have a matte look; the grayish dial has a very fine grained finish, while the dial that could be confused with dark really is profound graphite. This matte look is only one of the unpretentious highlights that truly decide the vibes of the Tonda 1950. The exemplary dial highlights precious stone cleaned applied hour markers, which are rose or white gold plated, and an applied Parmigiani Fleurier logo. At the lower half of the dial is the helter-skelter second sub dial, which is marginally recessed. For the rest the dial is cleaned up, clean and amazingly classy.
The hands are somewhat strange for a classical dress watch. The delta-formed hands highlight a brilliant covering, which make it simple to peruse the time during the hazier hour of the day and even around evening time. Not that the glowing material is as strong as on most jumper watches, yet it is sufficiently able to tell the time. The little second hand is without brilliant material, and is either rose or white gold plated.
Movement Caliber PF701
When the watch is turned more than, a transparent case back shows the mind boggling excellence of type PF701. A sight that will dazzle laymen, yet additionally the prepared watch authority. Also, as it should be, on the grounds that this development includes a miniature rotor that ‘harvests’ the energy of your wrist developments and moves that to winding the heart. Because of their inclination, the twisting mass of a micro-rotor development doesn’t cover the delightful development and everything is still completely noticeable to be respected. Also, there’s a great deal to admire!
The in-house planned, created and made development conveys 42 hours of independence, when completely twisted. The principle plate includes a roundabout graining (likewise called pèrlage), the extensions are decorated with Côte de Genève and their edges are chamfered and cleaned by hand. The miniature rotor has excellent hand-made embellishment also, and the plan of the extensions is delightful and I’d nearly say that it’s regular Fleurier style. The movement’s finishing is exemplary of an undeniable very good quality watch. Add to that the screw balance with balancing loads and you truly realize that this is a top of the line masterpiece.
Parmigiani Tonda 1950 – Conclusion
All together the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 is perhaps the best illustration of a pure breed dress watch that is presently accessible available. The brilliant completing on for all intents and purposes all parts, including case, dial and hands, is only an accomplishment to take a gander at and to feel. The characteristics of this watch effectively hold up to the benchmark, anyway it has a more appealing value point. Surely we can’t reject that it doesn’t have the ‘gleam’ of the Patek name on the dial, anyway it sports a generally obscure name. In any case, that can change! It’s reasonable for say that you can get a standout amongst other dress watches available, valued well underneath the benchmark, with a quality that is at any rate equivalent to the benchmark.
Thanks to Ace Jewelers in Amsterdam for the delightful photos!