The Tonda 1950 Squelette by Parmigiani Fleurier is interesting because the same watch is made in two different versions for men and women. The men’s version has a completely transparent dial, revealing the skeletonized movement and even enabling the rotor on the back to be glimpsed, while the women’s version has a frosted dial so that the movement is seen in the form of misty, blurry, rococo shapes, in fact very similar to the spirals and volutes seen in the Pomellato-Parmigiani versions of the Tonda. The milky frosted effect is also a reference to the grained white finish of the original Tonda 1950.
In the men’s watch, the sapphire dial can be seen only at the edge, with applied metal that serves to hide the joint between movement bridges and the case. It also provides a base for the Parmigiani Fleurier logo at the top, and the hour indices. The rotor now has two visible sides, and the side seen from the front has a series of decorative motifs based on the Parmigiani Fleurier lug design, in turn generated by a Golden Section spiral.
The watch is powered by the Calibre PF705 movement, 144 components, providing 42 hours power reserve, and hours and minutes functions. The case is 39 mm in diameter (the typical size for a watch suited to both men and women) and 7.8 mm thick, in other words a very slim timepiece. The watch’s identification number is engraved on the back. The women’s version has a diamond-set bezel, subtle and sophisticated.
See www.parmigiani.ch for boutique information.
Below, the men’s version of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Squelette
Below, the women’s version:
Below, reverse of the women’s watch:
Profle with the characteristic Parmigiani Fleurier lugs:
Below, detail of the skeletonized movement: