Unpolished, irregular and fragmented - such are the characteristics of a meteorite. Yet, it is this captivating rock that forms the dial of Parmigiani Fleurier's new rose gold Tonda 1950. It follows on from the limited edition unveiled at SIHH 2015 with a titanium case. Now matched with rose gold, this Abyss blue meteorite dial features a texture whose beauty lies in the very fact that it is unpredictable; mysterious, because it is not entirely of this world.
The rapid change in temperature to which the meteor rock is subjected as it enters the atmosphere indelibly imprints its crystal structure. The rock appears homogeneous in its natural state, but it must be treated in a series of acid baths to gradually reveal the magnificent texture and veins born from this natural impact.
Every step involved in working with meteor rock is a delicate process. It is difficult to machine as it is harder than normal rock; as its mineral structure is unpredictable and varying, conventional processes cannot be used. Therefore, a subtle empirical process was required to enable the master dial-makers at Parmigiani's watchmaking centre to come up with the perfect cut and this shade of Abyss blue. This feat of galvanoplasty, which is an equally impressive achievement, is a world first. A rose gold case perfectly enhances the intensity of the abyss blue meteor rock.
|Country of Manufacture||Switzerland|
|Case||18k Rose Gold|
|Case Back||Exhibition Caseback|
|Crystal||Anti-reflective Sapphire Crystal|
|Functions||Hours, Minutes, Seconds|
|Hands||Delta Shaped Hands with Luminescent Coating|
|Dial Markers||Rose Gold Plated Indexes|
|Warranty||Full Factory Warranty|
|Water Resistance||30M (100ft)|