20 AND COUNT­ING

PARMIGIANI FLEURIER

Singapore Tatler Jewels & Time - - Reviews -

Parmigiani Fleurier is cel­e­brat­ing its 20th an­niver­sary in 2016. To fete this sig­nif­i­cant mile­stone, the watch­maker has re­leased the Tonda Chronor An­niver­saire, fea­tur­ing the PF361, its first in­te­grated chrono­graph move­ment. De­spite be­ing quite ubiq­ui­tous, the chrono­graph func­tion is a com­plex mech­a­nism that is sub­ject to wear and tear due to the fact that it is re­quired to start and stop on de­mand. Most chrono­graphs you see on the mar­ket are mod­ules that have been fit­ted on ex­ist­ing move­ments; Parmigiani took on the chal­lenge to en­gi­neer a chrono­graph func­tion from scratch. The en­gi­neers were given one caveat: no mod­ules at all. Hence, all the com­po­nents for the chrono­graph, split-sec­onds func­tion and the big date are con­structed within the same pa­ram­e­ters and plate. Two col­umn wheels—re­garded as the su­pe­rior al­ter­na­tive to cams—are used for the chrono­graph and the split sec­onds func­tion.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the move­ment has been crafted in all-gold to com­mem­o­rate the watch­maker’s 20th an­niver­sary. Yes, you read that right: the move­ment is en­tirely con­structed in gold, a ma­te­rial that is eas­ily mal­leable. The man­u­fac­ture had to re­cal­i­brate all its ex­ist­ing ma­chines to process the gold com­po­nents. This Tonda Chronor An­niver­saire with the gold move­ment is avail­able in a limited edi­tion of 25 pieces in white gold or rose gold, and comes with ei­ther a white enamel or blue enamel dial. To sweeten the deal, founder Michel Parmigiani has in­scribed his name on the move­ment.

Parmigiani took on the chal­lenge to en­gi­neer a chrono­graph func­tion from scratch. The en­gi­neers were given one caveat: no mod­ules at all

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