THE NEW TONDA HÉMISPHÈRES WITH SUPER-LUMINOVA® DIAL
Parmigiani Fleurier presents a new version of the Tonda Hémisphères which uses contrasts to create a futuristic elegance.
The piece owes its aesthetic quality and originality to the use of Super-LumiNova®. Set within the dark dial, two counters leap out, encircled by this luminescent material highlighting the contour of the second time zone at 12 o'clock and of the small second at 6 o'clock.
Viewed in complete darkness, the Tonda Hémisphères takes on a completely different appearance. The two counters stand out in the form of a figure 8 - a symbol of infinity and harmony. A very fine layer of Super-LumiNova® highlights each index with elegant discretion. Finally, the main time indicating hands are lit, as is customary for Parmigiani Fleurier watches, ensuring that the time dominates the dial unobscured.
THE TONDA HEMISPHERES COLLECTION
The Tonda Hémisphères is the ultimate traveller's timepiece. With its two time zones, it allows any two locations to be paired, and correct to the nearest minute. It even allows those locations with a half-hour or quarter-hour difference(*) to be paired with full hour times set from the Greenwich meridian.
The Tonda Hémisphères achieves perfect synchronisation with the local time thanks to its ingenious mechanism which incorporates two independent movements, a motor and a follower. This allows the second time zone to be synchronised with the main time, i.e. linked to the full hour time with the desired interval, or indexed to it, with an additional interval of minutes as well as hours, as is necessary.
Parmigiani Fleurier has taken technical sophistication a step further than conventional GMT watches, whose second time zones only display full hour intervals from the main time. On this model, the calibre PF377 of the Tonda Hémisphères is controlled by two independent crowns: one to wind the movement and adjust the date and the main time; the other, positioned above, to adjust the minutes of the small time zone.
The Tonda Hémisphères also features a day and night indication for each time zone. When the wearer of the Tonda Hémisphères checks the time in the desired part of the world, he gets an immediate impression of what his acquaintance might be doing. The small spherical indication informs him of the time of day or night in the location in question, allowing a mental picture to form immediately.
The Tonda Hémisphères is a watch that combines functionality and poetry. It measures the time in relation to experience and offers extreme precision while leaving plenty of space for the imagination.
(*) 1/2 hour difference: India, Iran, Afghanistan, Burma, Australia (central time zone), Marquesas Islands, Newfoundland. 3/4 hour difference: Nepal
(*) Super-LumiNova® is a registered trademark by RC Tritec AG