The Tonda family from Parmigiani Fleurier is an incredible range of timepieces that is known for its quality and exceptional design. The Tonda Heigirien uses the Muslim calendar, based on the cycles of the moon and consisting of twelve months of 29 or 30 days depending on the moon phase. This is used to pinpoint the days for Islamic holidays. In contrast to the solar calendar, which is used in the west, the months of the lunar calendar change annually by a difference of -10 to -12 days. As a result, each month always falls on a different season and therefore varies from the Gregorian Calendar.
This Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda shows the hours and minutes, and date in Arabic numerals, the name and length of the months in Arabic calligraphy, as well as the abundant and the common years. It also features a moon phase in an aventurine sky and a power reserve of up to 48 hours. As seen in all Parmigiani timepieces, every single component of the movement, even the hidden parts, are decorated by in-house specialists. No components were made of gold.
Then there is the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor, the holy grail of an accomplished watch manufacture released to mark its 20th anniversary in 2016. With a new integrated chronograph movement, a feat of watchmaking that very few of today's creators are capable of achieving. With its “Anniversaire" Edition, featuring a gold movement, Parmigiani Fleurier pays tribute to the tradition of the chronograph.
The first integrated chronograph from the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture is a hand-wound movement that includes a chronograph, a split-seconds function and a large date, all on a single main plate. The solid gold PF361 movement incorporates several state-of-the-art technological developments that increase its reliability and reveal the true prowess of the watchmaking industry. It oscillates at a frequency of 5 Hertz, or 36,000 vibrations per hour which is rare for such a complication guaranteeing greater chronograph accuracy.
Background of Parmigiani Fleurier Watches
Founded in the Swiss municipality of Fleurier in 2006 by Michael Parmigiani, this luxury watchmaker is famous for handmade, highly exclusive pieces. With an emphasis on quality, each Parmigiani Fleurier timepiece takes at least four hundred hours to make using only the most precious of materials including gold, platinum and diamonds.
Parmigiani Fleurier is a Swiss watchmaker whose reputation precedes it. Known throughout the horological world as a purveyor of the most meticulously designed and crafted handmade watches, Parmigiani, as the brand is often referred to, use exclusively premium materials in the construction of their timepieces.
In 1950 in the Swiss canton of Neuchatel, Michael Parmigiani was born. He would go on to study at the prestigious Val-de-Travers school of watchmaking, excelling in his studies and revelling in the unique blend of creativity and technicality that watchmaking presented. As a result, the young man went on to pursue a path into timepiece restoration, something reserved for only the most gifted and hardworking elites of watchmaking.
During the day Parmigiani worked on restoring old marvels of horology, then by night, he would dedicate himself almost exclusively to the creation of his own personal models. After accruing much success and respect throughout the tight knit yet discerning Swiss watchmaking community, Parmigiani finally acquired the means to create a brand that would bear his own name in 1996.