Parmigiani Fleurier – Tonda Métrographe Abyss Bleu| (PRE-SIHH 2016)13 January 2016
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe Abyss Bleu
THE MÉTRO COLLECTION – TONDA MÉTROGRAPHE AND TONDA MÉTROPOLITAINE
The Métro Collection is the first Parmigiani Fleurier watch whose lines and essence embody the spirit and magic of the world’s great cities, their inhabitants and the frenetic pace that governs their movements. The collection features “Métrographe” watches for men and “Métropolitaine” watches for women.
Both the men’s and women’s versions of this round steel timepiece are characterised by their long proportions, which confer elegance. The watch features a modern, urban design which is more refined than the brand’s other classics, and reminiscent of the Tonda 1950. The calibre 3000 movement and its housing have been designed with extreme precision to produce a slim, refined case middle.
The subtlety of the Métro collection – a slight imbalance which gives it its character – comes from the fact that watch is asymmetrical: it has two different profiles. Its left-hand profile, which is devoid of a crown, is the classic, conventional side, and displays the brand’s iconic teardrop shape. By contrast, its right-hand profile features elongated lugs which extend to the crown, reaching around it to envelop the chronograph push-buttons on the men’s version.
This asymmetry confers on the watch its subtly stylish identity; a touch of modernity that overturns conventions.
MÉTROGRAPHE BLEU ABYSS
The latest born among the Métro collection is the Bleu Abyss, the name comes from the dial color, the brand’s signature Abyss Bleu. For the master dial-maker at the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture, creating this shade is a real work of art: all that she needs is a specialist electroplating bath, with a certain current, at a perfectly controlled temperature. Under the effect of electrolysis, the colour is transformed, 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.
The Métro Abyss Blue will be produced in two different variations, with blue Hermès strap will be CHF 11,900 + TAX and with titanium/steel bracelet will cost CHF 12,500 + TAX.