Tonda 1950 Moonbow | © Parmigiani Fleurier
© Parmigiani Fleurier

Tonda 1950 Moonbow: the lunar rainbow from Parmigiani Fleurier

As Michel Parmigiani father once taught, “Whoever learns to observe acquires art.” This summarises the philosophy of the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture. Announced at Watches & Wonders, the Tonda 1950 Moonbow draws inspiration from two phenomena and re-imagines a lunar rainbow, or moonbow, on the bezel and a spiral galaxy on the dial.

Its flying tourbillon is reminiscent of a spiral galaxy and dances amid celestial beings on an aventurine sky, carefully placed at seven o’clock, a nod to Michel Parmigiani’s birth on December 2, 1950 at 7:08 am. To develop an ultra-thin tourbillon movement, Parmigiani Fleurier found a solution by integrating a platinum micro-rotor into the plate of the movement. The result is a caliber that is only 3.4 mm thick.

Finally, the bezel of the Tonda 1950 Moonbow is highlighted by a colourful array of precious stones representing a moonbow – a rare nocturnal weather phenomenon. Blue, pink, orange and yellow sapphires, rubies, tsavorites, and amethysts make up the 40 baguette-cut gemstones of the bezel and weighing 2.59 carats.

Technical information:

Calibre: PF517
Winding: Automatic
Total dimensions: 14 1⁄4”’ Ø 32.0 mm
Thickness: 3.4 mm
Frequency: 3 Hz 21600 A/h
Power-reserve: 48 hours
Number of components: 207
Number of jewels: 29

Hours, minutes
60 seconds tourbillon

Dimensions: Ø 40.20 mm
Thickness: 9.4 mm
Material: 18ct rose gold
Water-resistance: 30 m
Back: Sapphire
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Number of sapphire: 40
Carats: 2.5900

Colour: Blue
Index: Non
Finishing: Polished
Hands: Skeleton Delta-shaped

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