INTRODUCING: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition
This summer limited edition watch comes in the same hue as the annual calendar model for Sincere Fine Watches.
This month, Sincere Fine Watches has introduced yet another limited-edition watch, this time from Parmigiani Fleurier and just six months after the two brands first collaborated on a special edition Tonda PF model. The Tonda PF Micro-rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition (a super long name but also very self-explanatory) is the perfect example of discreet luxury with a stunningly handsome blue specially reserved for the Singapore-founded retailer.
Last year, Parmigiani and Sincere created their first Pacific Blue dial with the Tonda PF Annual Calendar Steel SHH Limited Edition. This was in part to celebrate the launch of Sincere Haute Horlogerie, the retailer’s boutiques that are dedicated to high-end independent watchmaking. The annual calendar model featured an analogue calendar display using a date hand around the main dial, two counters for the day and month, and a double moonphase display at 6 o’clock.
According to Sincere, one reason why they’ve created the new model is due to customer demand for a slightly smaller and simpler daily-wearing piece, as well as to satisfy others who wanted the annual calendar model but could not get their hands on one.
The new 40mm watch follows the same style as the Tonda PF Micro-rotor with its grain d’orge guilloché pattern, small brand logo at 12 with a date window on the opposite end of the dial, and the two skeletonised hands for hour and minutes sans seconds hand. The light blue that reflects the calm and peaceful ocean combines perfectly with the grain d’orge pattern to remind one of gently lapping waves. Take a deep breath, and you can almost see and hear the crisscrossing of the ocean’s waves just off Hawaiian shores.
Two-hand watches are commonly fitted with quartz movements but rarely come as mechanical time-only or time-and-date models such as the Tonda PF Micro-rotor. For many collectors, observing the smooth running of the seconds hand is how they distinguish a mechanical movement from a quartz-driven one (with the obvious exception of Grand Seiko’s electro-mechanical Spring Drive). That makes this watch an insider’s watch, i.e. only if you recognise the design of the Tonda PF Micro-rotor will you realise the sophisticated movement behind it.
Parmigiani’s Tonda PF Micro-rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition is powered by the PF703, its ultra-thin base movement with a full platinum micro-rotor decorated with the same grain d’orge pattern as the dial. The movement is beautifully finished and visible through the caseback. At just 3mm thick, it has a two-day power reserve; not the most plentiful but ample for the weekend, not that you’ll be taking this watch off your wrist anytime. Incidentally the rotor is not the only part of the watch that’s made in platinum; the two-part bezel is made from platinum as well, with one side mirror-polished and the outer section knurled.
The limited-edition watch is restricted to 50 pieces and priced at S$39,980. It’s available at the SHH boutique at The Shoppes at Marina Bay; head over to check it out today!
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