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Introducing the Bugatti Coaxial Type 390

Parmigiani Fleurier just debuted their latest Bugatti collaboration timepiece which pays tribute to the lastest Chiron supercar, which boasts a 1500hp quad-turbocharged W16 engine. As with previous models, which you can see in our Parmigiani Fleurier archives, the Bugatti Coaxial Type 390 timepiece features automobile design cues, such as a cylindrical mechanical movement with a flying tourbillon that is reminiscent of an engine. The manually wound movement, caliber PF390 measures 29.20 mm - 37.50 mm x 12.5 mm thick. It beats at 4Hz (28,800 vph), has an 80-hour power reserve, 302 components, and 32 jewels. Notably, the watch has a patent pending for the movement’s triangular coupling system and another for the 12° articulated case. Not to mention, it includes the world’s smallest ever ball bearing. The Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390 case measures 42.5 mm x 53.00 mm x

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Parmigiani Fleurier SIHH 2017 Highlights

Jason Pitsch

As you likely know if you read PROFESSIONAL WATCHES, Parmigiani Fleurier is a relatively new watch company, founded in 1996, that produces haute horology timepieces under their own name, as well as components for many premium top level watch brands. They make some of the dials for A. Lange & Sohne, for example. Needless to say, the quality of their watches, components, and particularly movements, is amongst the best in the business. With that said, earlier this week, we met with Michel Parmigiani in New York City, to photograph all of the SIHH 2017 timepieces, and below are the four new collections we have highlighted. Toric Based on the Toric Memory Time, the first watch designed by company founder, Michel Parmigiani, in 1996, the Toric Chronometre comes is a larger 40.8 mm diameter case, powered by a more modern in-house

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SIHH 2017: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 in stainless steel

Jason Pitsch

The world’s second largest annual watch trade show, SIHH (Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie Genève), took place last week in Geneva following a very tough year for the watch business in 2016. And so, not surprisingly, the watch introductions during the one week show were more conservative compared to recent years. There were more line updates and extensions, as opposed to all-new watches. More watches in stainless steel, as opposed to precious metals, than I can ever recall at this show. This is a good thing, as the two concerns we hear most often in the online community are related to price and case metal. Collectors want stainless steel watches and more reasonable pricing. The watch landscape (the way that watches are marketed from the products being made to how they are being communicated to the consumer), has changed

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraphe Tourbillon Chronograph Hands-On

Jason Pitsch

We recently sat down with Parmigiani Fleurier, for a hands-on look at their incredible Tondagraphe Tourbillon Chronograph. Initially launched in 2009, this updated 2013 model’s dial features some aesthetic upgrades, and the case now has pump pushers instead of the standard pushers from the previous version. Underneath the dial, the hand-wound tourbillon chronograph movement, caliber PF 354, has stayed the same. Beating at 3Hz (21,600 vph), the movement has 295 components, 29 jewels, and a 72-hour power reserve. Every component is hand finished to perfection, from the hand bevelled and polished main plate and bridges, to the blackened screws, the polished tourbillon bridges. Function include hours, minutes, small seconds (at 9 o’clock), a crescent-shaped power reserve indicator (at 12 o’clock), and a 1/4 second chronograph (large central seconds, 30-minute counter at 3 o’clock). The rose gold case measures 43 mm

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PF-Bugatti 390 Concept Watch

To complement the launch of the next generation 1,480 horsepower Bugatti Chiron supercar, which was announced at Geneva earlier this month, Parmigiani Fleurier has released renderings of their new PF-Bugatti 390 Concept Watch. The next generation Bugatti wristwatch will have a unique co-axial movement that combines a rectangle and tube-shaped design, with the majority of the components housed in the tubular area, including a 60-second flying tourbillon on the left end, and the crown on the right end. The hours and minutes are in the middle, connected to the rectangle-shaped section of the movement. Notably, the watch operates at 4hz, thanks in part to a high inertia balance wheel. Photo: Bugatti Chrion by The Drive

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Parmigiani Fleurier Unveils New Integrated Chronograph at SIHH

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To celebrate its 20th Anniversary, Parmigiani Fleurier developed a very special timepiece, powered by the manufacture’s first integrated chronograph – which they debuted at SIHH. First, the movement is made of 18K rose gold, which significantly complicates the production process. Everything from milling the plates to finishing the bridges is more difficult than the typical movement material, which is brass of nickel. The machines have to be recalibrated, thus, everything takes longer. In the end, it is worth it, though, as the results are stunning. Second, as mentioned above, this is the brand’s first integrated chronograph, a feat that cannot be underestimated, especially considering many watch companies will never reach this pinnacle. Adding a module on top of an existing chronograph is the alternative to an integrated chronograph, which adds thickness to the movement, and is far less pure than

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Pre-SIHH: The Tonda Métrographe Abyss Blue

Parmigiani Fleurier presents its PRE-SIHH timepiece, the Tonda Métrographe with Abyss Blue dial. According to the manufacture, “In order to draw a new highlight on the Métro collection, we have worked with a talented photographer who has captured the essence of 4 Tonda Métro executions in different cities across the globe. We start with Chicago representing our pre-SIHH piece. The subsequent 3 cities, watch executions and urban tales will be available after SIHH 2016. Each of them will continue to highlight the urban spirit of the collection and its link with photography.” The Tonda Métrographe is powered by a 4Hz automatic (caliber PF315) which has been developed and produced in-house and has 351 components, 46 jewels, 2 series-coupled barrels, “Côtes de Genève” finishing, bevelled bridges, and a 42-hour power reserve. Functions include hours, minutes, small second at 3 o’clock, date

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Parmigiani Opens Miami Design District Boutique

Yesterday, Swiss Haute Horology brand, Parmigiani Fleurier, officially christened their new US Flagship in Miami’s Design District. According to Parmigiani Fleurier, “Miami was the perfect location for their first US stand-alone store – both because of the Design District serving as the new industry shopping destination and because Miami also serves as a crossroads of continents. The grand opening of the boutique coincided with the launch of the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon collection (pictured). Parmigiani Fleurier Miami Design District 140 N.E. 39th Street Miami, FL 33137

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The world's thinnest automatic flying tourbillon

Parmigiani Fleurier recently announced the Tonda 1950 Tourbillon which is both the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon and has the world’s lightest tourbillon cage. The watch features a micro-rotor, in 950 platinum, which allows the movement to be so thin. In fact, according to the manufacture, the creation of caliber PF517 required integrating not just the micro-rotor – but also the barrel, the tourbillon cage, time setting mechanism and the central display system – into the main plate. Further, Parmigiani Fleurier arranged the movement components with exact precision to keep the time displayed in the center. This flying tourbillon, which is supported by only a single bridge (regular tourbillons are supported by two bridges), required a highly sophisticated ball bearing system for mounting, so as not to add thickness to the movement. Even the tourbillon cage had to be specially

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SIHH 2015: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Squelette

Parmigiani Fleurier has released a preview of their new Tonda 1950 Squelette that will be officially debuted at SIHH 2015, in January. The men’s Tonda 1950 skeleton watch comes in a 39 mm x 7.8 mm white gold case and is powered by automatic manufacture caliber PF 705, which is a skeletonized version of caliber PF 701. The skeleton and non-skeleton versions (which we review here), both measure 7.8 mm thick, thanks to the 2.6 mm movement. Moreover, a platinum micro-rotor provides the convenience of self-winding, without obstructing the view of the main plate, bridges and components – which are, of course, finished to Parmigiani Fleurier’s ultra high standards. In addition to the white gold men’s model, there is also a ladies’ rose gold version with a frosted dial and diamond studded bezel. Both Tonda 1950 Squelette timepieces are paired

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