Each model designed and engineered by Parmigiai Fleurier is a piece of art. Delicate details takes them to a higher level. This Tonda Metrographe is the next to follow this line of exquisite tradition of craftsmanship. The unique proces of dial-making used by the master dial-maker of Parmigiani makes the watch what it is… extraordinary.
The master dial-maker at the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture holds her breath, as she does each time she creates the brand’s signature Abyss blue. Creating this shade is a real work of art and, despite her many previous successes, she remains cautious as a matter of course. All the basic conditions are in place: a specialist electroplating bath, with a certain current, at a perfectly controlled temperature. With a steady hand, she dips the support into the tank and artfully moves it as only she knows how. Under the effect of electrolysis, the colour is transformed and – although she has seen it so often before – this spectacular sight never ceases to amaze her. The initial bright orange shade turns into an almost rust-coloured brown; next, purplish tones appear, as deep as the striking colour of aubergines; finally, waves of blue materialise with this blue-violet hue which turns blue…and then a moment later…Abyss blue. Stop. She keeps this colour and deftly removes the support. Two or three seconds more in this bath and the piece would have turned to royal blue then grey. With a smile, she muses how this dance of galvanic colours is a delicate art, as she gazes into the perfect Abyss blue she has created. You have to know how to play with the external parameters and wait for the right moment.
“Play with the external parameters and wait for the right moment.” In Chicago, suddenly the solution becomes clear and he knows he has the answer. The glazed structures of the skyscrapers which surround him offer a glimmer of hope, at certain specific times of day, as they reflect the light. He must therefore wait for the exact minute when scene is backlit by the windows to achieve this fine balance of light and shade. He positions himself strategically at the intersections where these contrasts are found and waits for the right moment. As the rays of sunlight filter through at the perfect angle, he clicks the shutter on his camera and captures a moment of eternity.
Power-reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28’800 A/h
Dimensions: 12 ½”’ – Ø 28.0 mm
Thickness: 6.07 mm
Barrel(s): 2 series-coupled barrels
Decoration: “Côtes de Genève”, bevelled bridges
Small second at 3 O’clock
1/4 sec chronograph – large second, 30 min & 12 h counters
Dimensions: Ø 40 mm
Thickness: 11.7 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Back engraving: Individual number
Colour: Blue abyss
Index: Rhodium plated appliques with luminescent coating
Finishing: Snailed exterior, opaline centre, luminescent counter
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Steel: Titanium / Steel polished and satin-finished