With its two bronze-coloured lunar pastilles, which appear and disappear behind the wisps of a cloud, the Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène corresponds to the typical moon phase model. Although seemingly classic, on closer observation it reveals a series of refined features, giving this piece touches of distinction which make it unique.
In this timepiece, the moon is not golden, but actually russet, possessing that glow specific to exceptional nights. Or the fact that its surface is made up of craters – known as lunar seas – obtained by successively layering transfers and involving great artisanal complexity. Further, the floral pattern decorating the dial increases the intrinsic femininity of this complication.
The lotus flower, depicted at the heart of the piece, is a plant that blooms at night when the moon rises. Adorning the centre of the dial, this lotus flower is formed of mother-of-pearl lace designs measuring barely 0.2 mm thick, placed in two layers, one on top of the other. The first, underlying sheet is varnished then satin-finished, therefore contrasting with the upper layer, which presents a polished finish. The alternating satin-finished and polished surfaces produce a particularly captivating reflection, which is further enhanced by the inherent depth effects of the two mother of-pearl layers.
In 2016, two versions of the Métropolitaine Sélène dial were launched. The first is completely made up of white mother-of pearl, which forms the base of the dial as well as the lotus. The second features the Parmigiani Fleurier signature abyss blue dial, which is joined by a lotus of the same colour, matching the exact same shade.
The Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène is impressive in terms of its technical features and accuracy, but also possesses a unique artisanal beauty, resulting from the continuous decorative care responsible for its preciousness. These operations are carried out by hand, never substituted, giving it a perceptible and unique value.
The moon phase module was entirely produced in the Parmigiani Fleurier workshops. Its operating principle is based on a gear connected to the hour wheel, which has twice as many teeth and therefore turns twice as slowly. This gear performs one rotation every 24 hours and drives the moon disc forward every day using a flexible blade integrated into its wheel.
A push-piece at 9 o‘clock enables the wearer to independently index the moon in relation to the day and time in order to match its phases to the geographic location of reference. This moon correction device features a safety system thanks to the flexible blade, which prevents the gear from being destroyed in the event of incorrect operation. The movement is entirely circular-grained and decorated according to the highest standards of fine watchmaking.
Power-reserve: 50 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28‘800 A/h
Dimensions: 11 ½‘‘‘ – Ø 26.0 mm
Thickness: 4.7 mm
Barrel(s): 2 series-coupled barrels
Decoration: “Côtes de Genève”, bevelled bridges
Small second at 6 o‘clock
Date under openworked dial
Shape: 3-part round case
Dimensions: Ø 33.20 mm
Thickness: 9.6 mm
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 5.5 mm
Back engraving: Individual number
Also available in diamond set version (Diamonds: 72, Carats: 0.5100)
Colour: Blue abyss or White Mother-of-Pearl
Index: Rose gold plated appliques
Finishing: Snailed counter, Mother-of-Pearl lace centre
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating
Strap: Pearly white calf
Bracelet: Polished steel
Buckle Type: Ardillon or Folding