May 5, 2016
by Ariel Adams
The Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette watches for women with the frosted dials emphasize a slick combination of horological fascination with an elegantly feminine and celebratory feel, with a diamond-decorated bezel. I actually do think that this is one of the most impressive skeletonized watches for women currently available. At the same time, if there is a female interested in the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette who wants the full skeletonized experience, there is a model with the much more transparent dial like the men’s models – but with the diamond bezel and a more feminine strap.
The movement that we are talking about is the in-house-made Parmigiani caliber PF705 with 42 hours of power reserve operating at 3Hz (21,600 bph). Produced from 144 parts with an automatic micro-rotor, the movement has been richly and artistically skeletonized with a lot of lovely hand-beveling and other polishes as well as some light engraving in the automatic rotor. Everything has been minimized so the movement indicates just the time with hours and minutes.
Don’t forget that the PF705 also happens to be a very thin movement, at just 2.6mm thick. Inside the watch, the entire Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette is just 7.97mm thick. That might not be record breaking, but it does qualify as an impressively low profile timepiece which is good for both comfort and sleeves. Just don’t take the watch swimming, with its 30 meters of water resistance.
For men, the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette is offered in both 18k white (ref. PFC280-1200100) or 18k rose gold (ref. PFC280-1000100). The former is matched to a black Hermes alligator strap, while the latter comes on a brown one. On the wrist, these really look smashing – combining an high-taste elegance with a distinct appeal for horological aficionados that is not at all “watch nerdy.”
Women also get 18k white gold (ref. PFC280-1260100) and 18k rose gold (ref. PFC280-1060100) versions of the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette with the frosted dial and diamond-set bezel (with 84 stones; 0.65 carats). It isn’t a huge amount of diamonds, which helps the watch look a lot more “tasteful.” As I mentioned, there is also a non-frosted dial version of the ladies’ Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette in 18k rose gold only (ref. PFC280-1060101). The rose gold watches for women come on “cord” colored brown Hermes alligator straps, while the white gold model comes on a red alligator strap.
Comfortable, easy on the eyes, and with a beautiful yet not over-the-top style of decoration, these Parmigiani Tonda 1950 Squelette watches are not cheap, priced at $39,500 for the men’s and $46,000 for the ladies’ versions, but easy to lust for and should make enough watch lovers (both male and female) quite happy. parmigiani.ch