11 April 2018
Elegance and functionality go hand in hand in Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda 1950 Lune, a model of refined appearance that displays the phases of the moon. The steel case has a diameter of 39.1 mm and reflects the stylistic principles of the company’s bestselling collection: a round shape with highly polished surfaces, slender and ergonomic teardrop lugs and a trim bezel that seems to “open” the dial up even more, emphasizing its fine structure (only 9.6 mm thick: very little for a watch with complications). It contains an ultrathin self-winding mechanical movement, made in-house, in which the off-center micro-rotor and other technical tricks have made it possible to contain the profile to just 4 mm in thickness, and embellished with haute horlogerie finishes. A caliber capable of reproducing the succession of the new, waxing (first quarter), full and waning (last quarter) moon: it has a double-phase display, with two rose gold discs, corresponding to the moon as seen from the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, and indicates its 29-and-a-half-day cycle on a graduated scale. The small seconds subdial with a large date window is located in a symmetrical position, resulting in a perfect formal balance. Finally the delta-shaped hands with a luminescent coating and the long appliques of the index stand out against the opaline dial with a velvety finish. The strap is made of matt black alligator skin.