Focus: Parmigiani Fleurier

Tonda 1950 Gübelin

CASE : pink gold, bezel set with 84 rubies, waterresistant to 30m, sapphire back

SIZE : 39mm, 8.4mm thickness

MOVEMENT : mechanical self-winding PF702, 48h power reserve, 21,600 vph, Côtes de Genève, red lacquered oscillating weight

FUNCTIONS : hours, minutes

DIAL : rosy mother-of-pearl, 18K pink gold applied hour-markers, 1 ruby, bezel set with diamonds

STRAP : Hermès red alligator leather strap, pink gold pin buckle


Anthem to rubies

Almost a century went by between the 1854 creation of the Gübelin family business reputed for its jewelry and gemology expertise, as well as for its luxury watch assortment, and the birth year of Michel Parmigiani – founder of the eponymous brand – which is celebrated in the Tonda 1950. The two Swiss Maisons chose to work in close cooperation on the new Tonda 1950 Gübelin model, centered around rubies. Inspiration was drawn not only from the deep red shade of what the Ancients regarded as the most precious of all stones, but also from its inner beauty and its origins. Based on a microphotograph revealing the structure of a ruby, formed from a drop of basaltic magma imprisoned in ruby crystal during its growth, the designers of the two Maisons imagined a set of circles on the watch dial. The flamboyant ruby is artistically offset at 4 o’clock and embedded within gold and diamond rings. The cut-out Delta-type hands ensure a clear view of the diamonds, while the Gübelin logo highlights the watch’s kinship with its “Glowing Ember” jewelry collection. The back of the watch provides an equally beautiful view of the ultra-thin Manufacture Parmigiani Fleurier 702 caliber, with its beveled bridges, its Côtes de Genève decorative motif, and its ruby red-lacquered oscillating weight.

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