In the Val-de-Travers, home of Parmigiani Fleurier, there is virtually no light polluting the night sky, and nothing obstructing the millions of stars it contains. This feeling of vertigo was the inspiration behind the creation of the Tonda 1950 Galaxy, a piece that is now available with a rose gold bracelet.

Parmigiani Fleurier is lucky enough to have some truly inspired master dial-makers working in its Manufacture. At their benches filled with secret potions, they are continuously experimenting, testing and inventing, ensuring that every dial that passes through their hands is a masterpiece of depth and intensity.

Once again, they have worked their magic on the Tonda 1950 Galaxy, imbuing its dial with a colour that seems to have been cut straight from the night sky. This sombre midnight blue is one of the most complicated shades to reproduce. It needed a material created by a chance encounter to bring it to life: aventurine glass. In 18th-century Murano, a glass blower made a fortuitous discovery when he dropped a sliver of copper into melted glass. This new material which contains copper inclusions that give it an unmistakable sparkle was named "aventurine" (per aventura meaning by chance in Italian).


 

Tonda Metropolitaine Galaxy

The Tonda 1950 Galaxy is driven by the PF702 proprietary movement, decorated with Côtes de Genève and bevelled bridges which can be admired through the watch's sapphire case-back. This self-winding mechanical movement beats at the frequency of 21’600 vph and offers a 50-hour power reserve. This 18 ct rose gold special edition is now available with a solid gold bracelet.

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