The first Parmigiani Fleurier x Giorgio Armani collection will be available from November 2021.
Giorgio Armani follows into the footsteps of Louis Vuitton, Chanel, and Hermes Haute Horlogerie watch divisions. The luxury Italian powerhouse announced a collaboration with Swiss luxury watch manufacture Parmigiani Fleurier.
The two entities will create a Fine Watch collection which will be on sale from November 2011. The two luxury brands – one Italian and the other Swiss – come together for the first time to give life to a series of sophisticated timepieces crafted entirely by hand and offered in numbered editions.
“We are honoured and delighted to collaborate with the Armani Group. Michel Parmigiani’s future-oriented vision for preserving the excellence of watchmaking is enhanced by this venture with one of the most brilliant companies in the world. Giorgio Armani‘s idea of style is unique and iconic. We’re honoured that our artisans will be able to express this vision through a product with the quality and finishes that we are known for”, commented Davide Traxler, CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Reine de Mai
Parmigiani Fleurier continues to showcase its dedication to métiers d’art and high watchmaking with the poetry of the Tonda luxury watch 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 finishings, and artistry.
The six mother-of-pearl flowers on the dials of the (€ 109’000) Tonda Reine de Mai watch are particularly challenging to decorate, as the material is quite delicate and fragile. The base of each flower is sandblasted by hand; then, each petal is polished and engraved by expert artisan hands resulting in varied matte and polished finishing that give more depth and dimension.
The Parmigiani Tonda Reine de Mai is powered by the PF310 automatic movement. The movement is impeccably ﬁnished, and features signatures like Côtes de Genève stripes, perlage and beveled bridges. For the ﬁrst time, it features a 22K gold rotor that is as highly decorated as the dial and, with 20 hours of work required for each one, it takes nearly as long to create. It is hand-chiseled in a delicate motif that accentuates four mother- of-pearl Daisy May ﬂowers, a precise, time-consuming technique that is rarely seen on a rotor.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Reine de Mai in 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.