Parmigiani Fleurier continues to showcase its dedication to métiers d’art and high watchmaking with the launch of the Tonda Reine de Mai collection. Inspired by the bucolic landscape in Switzerland surrounding its manufactures and the ﬂowers found there, it combines Parmigiani Fleurier’s commitment to in-house manufacturing, ﬁne ﬁnishing, and artistry. Nature and the beauty of the golden ratio are enduring sources of inspiration, and the Manufacture uses a wide array of artistic techniques to bring them to life in this release, including hand-chiseling, hand-diamond-setting, hand-polishing, hand-sandblasting, and marquetry.
The Tonda Reine de Mai features a beautiful bouquet of mother-of-pearl, rose gold, and diamond-set ﬂowers, akin to the snow-white Daisy May buds often seen into late Summer. Machined to achieve their perfect shape, they are ﬁnished by hand before being placed atop a white mother-of-pearl dial comprised of 23 diﬀerent marquetry elements.
The dial features an additional six Daisy May ﬂowers, three in rose gold with alternating polished and engraved petals, and three in white gold and handset with 117 diamonds. This brilliance and texture give subtle depth to the unique dial making it seems as if the ﬂowers overlapped like they would in nature. Each dial takes 24 hours to craft and requires the work of many artisans skilled in diﬀerent métiers d’art. This version is limited to ﬁve pieces, and each dial is slightly diﬀerent as the bouquet is placed at diﬀerent angles on each one.
The Tonda Reine de Mai is powered by the PF310 automatic movement, which Parmigiani Fleurier created in 2014 in its vertically integrated manufacture. It adheres to the strict codes of craftsmanship and ﬁnishing that the atelier is revered for, as well as Michel Parmigiani’s penchant for creating a secret for the wearer.
The 36mm rose gold case features a crown with a white opal cabochon; it is polished and set with 70 diamonds totaling 2.09 carats, while the bracelet is meticulously set with 906 diamonds totaling 9.22 carats. The bracelet is beautifully integrated to the case thanks to its teardrop- shaped lugs, a Parmigiani Fleurier trademark, and was carefully designed to ensure great comfort.