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New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

To kick off the new year, Parmigiani Fleurier announced two new timepieces utilizing their unique “Galaxy” method of texturizing dials. The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Galaxy Gold Bracelet and the Tonda Métropolitaine Selene are the newest unofficial (maybe official at some point) “his and hers” dress watch offerings from the brand. Interestingly enough, pricing is significantly lower than the previously released Tonda 1950 Galaxy Set.

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

To create these striking and statement-making dials, Parmigiani Fleurier use a technique that requires dropping “Aventurine,” which is a hybrid copper and glass material, into the midnight blue dial creating what looks like stars – hence, “Galaxy.” Personally, I find this decoration interesting with an almost poetic charm, and I’m excited to see these additional models brandishing the unique technique.

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

If the dial looks familiar, that’s because two years ago, Parmigiani Fleurier released the original Tonda 1950 Galaxy Set, which came on a glossy black leather strap with a diamond bezeled rose gold case. While the Tonda 1950 Galaxy Gold Bracelet may bear a new reference number, it’s the same watch as before with the star of the show being the new sleek solid rose gold bracelet with folding clasp. While I don’t necessarily want to spend too much time delving into the technical details of a watch we already covered (you can read all about it in the link above), the addition of the bracelet gives this watch a far more handsome look.

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

Personally, I wasn’t a huge fan of the glossy leather included in the first run and feel that the gold brushed center links with polished edges on the bracelet fit the watch better. The diamond studded polished case measures in at 39mm with a slim 8.4mm thickness, carries a .65 carat weight, and features a sapphire caseback (we will post pictures as they become available) – displaying the Côtes de Genève decorated PF702 in-house movement. Water resistance is pretty standard for a dress watch at 30m.

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

Of the two watches, I feel that the best addition to the Parmigiani Fleurier portfolio is the Tonda Métropolitaine Selene. The Métropolitaine line is expansive, filled mostly with guilloche heavy or mother-of-pearl dials and Parmigiani Fleurier has done a fantastic job of marketing them towards women. Which is why I was surprised when looking back and realizing that there wasn’t a “Galaxy” dial included until now. When the Tonda 1950 Galaxy set was released, a consistent complaint was that it looked feminine.

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

The polished stainless steel case measures in at 33.1mm with an 8.6mm thickness – big enough to appreciate the dial, but small enough to maintain maximum classiness. The bezel features 72 diamonds producing a total carat weight of .496 (triggering many OCD tendencies). Additionally, and like its big brother, the watch features a sapphire caseback showcasing the Côtes de Genève decorated PF310 movement. Featuring a 50-hour power reserve, the PF310 movement utilizes a recessed 60-second sub-dial at 6 o’clock and a date window centered inside of it.

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

Which brings us to the dial, where the sharp white gold applied indices contrast nicely against the midnight blue dial. In fact, the entire watch utilizes a simple white gold color scheme that makes what could be a busy dial superbly legible. In lieu of the solid lume-filled hour and minute hands of the original, Parmigiani Fleurier opted for skeletonized hands so as not to detract from the dial – something I wish the Tonda 1950 Galaxy Set did. My only complaint is the date window that spans a 3 day date-span – something I think should have been a smaller, single-day window to keep away from the “tennis-y” feel that it gives it. The watch will come with a blue alligator leather strap or a blue fabric strap.

New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 & Métropolitaine Galaxy Dial Watches For 2018 Watch Releases

Parmigiani Fleurier is less than 25 years old, and they’ve accomplished an impressive amount of watchmaking in that short period of time. Overall, these are two solid offerings from Parmigiani Fleurier. The solid rose gold bracelet gives a bit more heft to the Tonda 1950 model, and the addition of a ladies’ version of the “Galaxy” dial provides an option that I feel was overdue for the Métropolitaine collection. The new Tonda 1950 Galaxy Gold Bracelet model is $39,900 while the Tonda Métropolitaine Galaxy Selene is $12,000parmigiani.com

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  • Yan Fin

    Which one is lady’s model again?

    • Good Gene 42K18

      Yes. That ones.

    • WINKS

      Both.

  • WINKS

    Stainless steel is more expensive than the full gold model?

    • Good Gene 42K18

      Pricing the stainless higher than the full gold? Now that’s what I call aventurous.

    • Spangles

      They made an error with the prices in the article.

      • Travis Cannata

        You are absolutely right, and it’s been fixed to reflect.

      • WINKS

        Shloppy…

  • Raymond Wilkie

    This is NOT a mans watch unless you’re a little light on your loafers.

    • Good Gene 42K18

      Put in your order already, have you?

      • Raymond Wilkie

        I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for an R W Smith, I can tell you I don’t have one. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills; skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you stop making silly remarks, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and you will feel the weight of my rod.

  • Good Gene 42K18

    Interesting that their promo photos have the watches set to 7:08 – 7:09.
    10:10 can suck eggs!

    • Travis Cannata

      I noticed that too and found it interesting.

      I imagine it’s because at first glance it’s easy to gloss over the different textured sub-dial on the ladies model and the skeleton hands over the different textures make it more obvious. Then the men’s was set for consistency in promotion.

      I could be entirely wrong, but that’s what made sense to me.

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Your explanation sounds good to me, but I looked at some other Parm articles on abtw and a good chunk of the non-hands-on ones had the hands around 7:08. I wonder if there’s a story behind that placement.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      I don’t see any significance of the times on the watch. Normally it’s the smiley faced 13:50

      • Good Gene 42K18

        Why are hands on Roger Smith watches set to 5:30? Is that when he normally meets you at the No-Tell Motel? It’s his little secret way of saying he still wants you…

        • Raymond Wilkie

          You have a very vivid imagination Gene.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    That’s a bit of a stretch Terance 🙂

  • Raymond Wilkie

    None taken.

  • Tea Hound

    I keep waiting for Parmigiani Fleurier to prove why they should still exist. I will remain patient.

    • Spangles

      Sandoz tax scheme / money laundering.

      • Tea Hound

        There must be easier ways, surely?

        • Sheez Gagoo

          1. Make a huge amount of money through some “deals”
          2. Take the cash to your local jeweler and buy a Rolex/Patek/Lange, no
          crappy Parmesani/Atelier de Monaco/Manure Royale, pay cash,
          nobody asks questions at least here.
          3. Keep the bill, wear watch, fly to Luxembourg/Delaware/Singapur/Hong
          Kong, avoid Switzerland (things have changed!) or try to connect with
          Julius Bär, they don`t give a fuck.
          4. Sell watch, lose 1/4 or 1/3, keep the quittance.
          5. Bring Money to bank of your choice, show quittance smile, rent
          hooker,buy charlie, enjoy life.
          6.Grow old, stay rich, then Switzerland is your place.

        • Sheez Gagoo

          2.Proposal:
          Open a restaurant (best with take-away), insert dirty money, cook books. Dont exagerate, don`t drive Lambos. Buy/open other restaurants when too much money.

          3.Proposal:
          Play online poker, your “friend* loses all the time, keep money, open account. Open anonymous enterprise in tax haven (mentioned in first proposal), hide money there.

          • Lincolnshire Poacher

            I always wondered why we had a high street of less than busy nail bars. I always assumed it was somewhere for the local East European mafia to keep enslaved, sorry cross that out. I meant to say, to keep in employment all the girls who had grown too old to work in the “restaurants”, and “bars” that they had been “invited” to come to England for.
            But no, I should imagine if for some reason you have large piles of unexplained cash, its a wonderful way being able to take it to the bank.

          • Sheez Gagoo

            Indeed. Here, in the last years we had to learn unknown words like “tax fraud” and “money laundering”. Taught by foreign authorities.

        • Sheez Gagoo
      • Sheez Gagoo

        Parmesani is quite the opposite of a money laundry/tax scheme enterprise. It`s more a kind of a money burning machine, comparable to a wool shop of a rich doctors wife that must be occupied for several hours while doctor bangs assistant.

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Where the hell are you ? . The north pole ?

  • Raymond Wilkie

    Sadly, that kind of wisdom only comes with age. I only recently realise it’s not what you have in life, but who. You’re right carpe diem, you’re dead along time. Happy new year.

  • Travis Cannata

    Hey guys, pricing has been fixed. I apologize!

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Not an ugly watch for a women. Unisex is a joke. Brand still ridiculous.

  • Sheez Gagoo

    Sometimes I wonder why I spend,
    The lonely nights, thinking of a watch,
    Mediocrity haunts my reverie,
    And I am once again with me,
    When the brand was new, and every watch an inspiration,
    But that was long ago, now my consolation, is in a stardust of a dial…

    In memoriam Bernd Norten

    • Raymond Wilkie

      What a lovely thought. He would be moved.

      • Sheez Gagoo

        He resurected as John Shade.

        • Good Gene 42K18

          I heard he died in a grease fire after falling asleep while frying a turducken.

        • Raymond Wilkie

          How bizarre.

          • Good Gene 42K18

            It’s making me crazy. Every time I look around it’s in my face!

    • Good Gene 42K18

      Good morning, Starshine
      Dead Berndt says hello

    • IG

      What happened? Fatal overdose?

      • Sheez Gagoo

        Kravitzitis

  • Bozzor

    The flowing case/bracelet styling integration reminds me of one of my favourite older Seikos…

    https://i.ebayimg.com/images/g/cNwAAOSwa39UsWp7/s-l1600.jpg

  • SuperStrapper

    These are purely women’s watches. The unisex aspect does not exist here.

  • spiceballs

    Pretty face and hands (could be longer) the rest (incl. the ugly date) not so much – pity.