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Parmigiani Fleurier Bugatti Type 390

At the 2018 Geneva International Motor Show, Parmigiani Fleurier, fittingly, unveiled a new Bugatti Type 390 watch to commemorate the Bugatti Chiron Sport, which also debuted at the show. Like past Bugatti x Parmigiani collaborations, this has a 12° articulated, wedge-shaped case (measuring 42.2 mm x 57.7 mm) that is 18.4 mm at its thickest point. The case is made of white gold and has black carbon fiber inserts on the flanks. Customers will be able to select the materials of the case and buckle, the colors and stitching of the leather strap, their desired color for the sapphire crystals and more. In this regard, Parmigiani Fleurier guarantees each unique combination to be a one of a kind piece. Some interesting technical features include an extractable crown and a magnifying glass to view the tourbillon. The watch is driven by

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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Annual Calendar

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Parmigiani Fleurier announced a new timepiece today that features both a retrograde annual calendar and a precision moon phase. The Tonda Annual Calendar automatically adjusts for months with 30 or 31 days, but needs to be manually adjusted once in February for 3 out of every 4 years that have 28 days, as it is calibrated to 29 days (leap year). You have to move up to a more expensive perpetual calendar in order to have a calendar that sets itself every month of the year. In addition, there is a precision moonphase that only needs to be corrected every 122 years. This requires a compensation for the difference between a classic lunar cycle (29 days and 12 hours) and the actual lunar cycle (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds) It’s worth noting that the Tonda Annual

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SIHH 2018: Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa collection

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This year Parmigiani Fleurier debuted a new, more refined version of their Kalpa. The tonneau-shaped watch collection has been a signature of the company since its introduction in 2001. For SIHH 2018, the Fleurier-based watchmaker launched three models: the Kalpa Chronor, Kalpagraphe Chronomètre, and Kalpa Hebdomadaire. All pieces are highlighted by shaped movements designed just for the proportions of the case. And as you would expect if you know about Parmigiani, each movement features exquisite finishing seen only on the very best timepieces. From the 22K gold oscillating weight (in the automatic models) that is adorned with Parmigiani Fleurier’s signature barley grain motif, to the perfectly chamfered and polished bridges, to the polished jewel sinks, the movements are about as luscious as you can get. The tonneau case with its tear-shaped lugs has been reshaped resulting in better ergonomics and

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Pre-SIHH 2018: Tonda 1950 Galaxy

Aventurine glass, also known as goldstone or sandstone contains tiny crystals of metallic copper that give it a shimmering effect like gold. The dial of the Tonda 1950 Galaxy, is made of the sparkly material, surrounded by a bezel embedded with 84 diamonds (0.6460 carats), and presented in a fully polished 18K rose gold case and bracelet. This is all finished off with a milky white opal on the end of the 4.3 mm crown. The dial has 18K rose gold applied indices and Delta-shaped rose gold hour and minute hands with a luminescent treatment. This feminine watch measures 39 mm x 8.4 mm and is powered by automatic caliber PF702 which runs at 3Hz, has 160 components, 29 jewels, and a 48-hour power reserve. The immaculately finished micro-rotor movement features Geneva stripes and beveled edges, all visible through a

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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

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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

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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

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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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