Mysterious and enchanting-The moon element occupies an important position in the Métro series.
Parmigiani’s Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène watch features the moon phase as the theme, and Parmigioni has added a new movement entirely manufactured by its watchmaker.
Overcast on the dial
Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène is a typical moon phase watch. Two engraved bronze moons appear and disappear in the clouds. It looks similar to the classic moon phase watch. Upon closer inspection, you will find that this watch is rich in delicate details, which makes it extraordinary and different.
For example, the moon is not golden, but russet, which is a halo that appears only on special nights. Another example is the craters on the surface of the moon. These craters are called Moon Sea, and they are painted by continuous layering. They contain extremely complicated handicrafts. This watch not only simply represents the moon phases, but also gives the moon phases a lifelike image, which makes the wearer’s favorite.
The source of exquisite originality of this watch lies in the floral decorative pattern on the dial, which makes this precision timepiece exude charming feminine beauty from the inside out. The center of the dial is painted with a lotus flower. The so-called lotus, when night falls, the moon rises, and the lotus will bloom with it. In some cultures, lotus is used to describe the graceful gait of women, and is called ‘step by step lotus’.
The lotus flower dotted in the center of the dial is made of two layers of mother-of-pearl lace, only 0.2 mm wide. The bottom lace is varnished and then satinized to contrast with the polished upper lace. The satin and polished surfaces are intertwined, creating an extremely fascinating reflection effect, further enhancing the deep three-dimensional effect inherent in the two layers of mother-of-pearl.
Parmigiani launched two Métropolitaine Sélène dials in 2016. The first model is entirely made of white mother-of-pearl and forms the base of the dial together with the lotus flower. The second dial is Parmigiani’s classic deep blue, embellished with the same color lotus pattern, creating an associated light and dark effect.
Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène is astonishing in terms of technical characteristics and precision, and has a unique beauty of handicraft. Exquisite decoration and diligent pursuit have made the watch rare. These operations are all done by hand, and their unique value is self-evident and irreplaceable.
The complexity of the moon phases
The moon phase module is independently created by Parmigiani. Its operation principle is based on the gear connected to the time wheel. Because it has double gear teeth, it also doubles the speed of rotation. The gear rotates once every 24 hours, and the moon phase disk is driven forward by the flexible blades integrated with the hour wheel every day.
The wearer can use the button at 9 o’clock to adjust the moon phase individually according to the date and time, so as to match the geographical location of the referenced moon. Due to the use of flexible blades, the moon phase adjustment device has a safety system to prevent gear damage in the event of incorrect operation.
The movement is completely polished with pearl dots and decorated according to the highest standards of fine watchmaking, as this is the consistent manufacturing principle of Parmigiani.