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Parmigiani Fleurier Refines the Newest Tonda 1950 Lune

With this latest customization of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Lune, we see how the luxury watchmaker continues to broaden its appeal. And especially for the new slate-dial version, much more has changed than simply the dial color and finish.

Parmigiani Fleurier has separated the indicators on this new slate-dialed, rose-gold-cased version of the Tonda 1950 Lune, moving the date display out of the small seconds dial while also moving the lunar calendar to the 10 o’clock position from its previous location at 12 o’clock. The resulting asymmetric layout for the Tonda 1950 Lune offers a choice to those who prefer each function on this elegant moonphase model clearly separate from the others.

The new design also alters the dial text, which focuses now on numerical rather than labeled phase indicators for the northern and southern hemisphere moonphase displays. Furthermore, the Parmigiani-designed delta-shaped hands have been skeletonized, which means the lunar phases will always be fully visible regardless of the location of either hand.

On the Tonda 1950 Lune with diamonds, first seen this past January at SIHH, Parmigiani Fleurier has just slightly broadened the bezel and reduced the dial size to better accommodate larger diamonds set into the bezel. The moon at 10 o'clock is set in the middle of a starry sky, and there’s a nice gold outline around the date window at 4 o'clock.

As is typical of the dress watches from Parmigiani Fleurier, this Tonda 1950 Lune is slim, thanks primarily to its calibre PF708, a fully in-house automatic movement boasting a platinum micro-rotor. Turn the watch over and you’ll find beautiful, hand-applied finishes, beveled bridges and Côtes de Genève decoration.

Both models can be fit with a rose gold bracelet.

The Tonda 1950 Lune with slate dial is priced at $26,900, while the Tonda 1950 Lune with diamonds is priced at $34,400. Both pieces are also available with a rose gold bracelet.

Specifications: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Lune

References: PFC284-1000200 (slate), PFC284-1063300 (with diamonds)

Movement: Automatic PF708 with 48 hours of power reserve, Côtes de Genève decoration and beveled bridges.

Functions: Hours, minutes, small second, date, moon phase.

Case: 39mm by 9.6mm three-part polished rose gold, 30 meters of water resistance. On diamond model, 1.82 carats of diamonds set in bezel. The caseback is clear sapphire.

Dial: Slate or white mother-of-pearl with rose gold indexes, skeleton delta-shaped hands.

Strap: Hermès alligator leather (black for slate model and red, indigo or honey color on the diamond model) or 18-karat rose gold bracelet. Rose gold buckle.

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