Hands-On: The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métropolitane Sélène
The Tonda Métropolitane Sélène simply didn’t do it for me. Permit me to explain.
The Sélène begins with a 33mm treated steel case, with or without precious stones, and with or without an arm band. There are two dial styles as well, silver and naval force blue. The watch we have here has the blue dial, has jewels on the bezel, and is worn on a naval force blue lash. The humble case has an uncommon shape with downturned, semi-tear-drop hauls applied to the side of the case.
The Sélène is fueled by the programmed (yippee!) type PF318 with a punctured rotor and the watch has a sapphire precious stone caseback to show everything off. As far as I might be concerned, the back is the most intriguing piece of this watch – Parmigiani understands what it’s doing with regards to completing and this development is a great one to look at.
I appreciate that Parmigiani decided on a pleasantly completed programmed development here as opposed to taking the path of least resistance and going with a quartz caliber.
It’s the opposite side that provides me opportunity to stop and think. How about we start with the matte naval force dial with mother-of-pearl trim. Generally I love a decent naval force dial, however I think the specific shade of blue, combined with the matte surface, makes this one fall somewhat level. There’s simply no wow factor. The mother-of-pearl trim possesses the focal point of the dial in a balanced ribbon design. Since ladies like frilly things like trim, isn’t that so? The dial additionally includes applied yellow gold blade records and striking gold hands with huge segments of white lume.
The moon plate is presumably my main thing from this present watch’s dial – it’s exquisite and has the perfect measure of detail.
The dial has a huge auxiliary seconds dial at six o’clock with a somewhat inconvenient cut-out at the base. As polarizing as I probably am aware this explanation is around HODINKEE HQ, I for one like a date work on my watches. It is, all things considered, the second most significant piece of data on a watch. In any case, I discover the date window on the Selene somewhat unrefined – it doesn’t appear to fit the extents and styling of the remainder of the dial by any means. At 12 o’clock is the moonphase gap, with a rose gold moon looking through. It shows a portion of the surface of the lunar surface and is very much done and refined. It’s my #1 element on the dial side of the watch.
The date opening at six o’clock learns about a tad bit of extent here.
Let me simply say now that I regard Parmigiani as a watchmaker. The men’s pieces, while surely not as everybody would prefer, are innovatively strong and here and there genuinely intriguing, similar to the Pantograph and the Centum Perpetual Calendar , for instance. Parmigiani additionally makes some straight-up excellent watches, similar to the Tonda 1950 with shooting star dial , so it is obvious to me that the brand makes alluring watches with amazing capacities. That is not being referred to here at all.
Even with this watch, I give Parmigiani kudos for utilizing a programmed development with an open sapphire back, and for giving this watch a sensible $14,800 sticker price. This is (tragically) genuinely humble for a ladies’ watch nowadays, particularly one with diamonds.
The 33mm Tonda case fits pleasantly on the wrist.
But the Sélène, as most a ton of women’s watches, feels like a bit of hindsight, a simple agenda of what the creator thinks makes up a women’s watch. Precious stones? Check. Moonphase? Check. Mother-of-pearl? Check. 33mm? Check. It’s more paint-by-numbers than Mona Lisa, which would clarify why it leaves me so flat.
To be reasonable, Parmigiani Fleurier isn’t the solitary production to fall into this snare. I desire to see a move in this pattern and a move towards more insightful ladies’ pieces later on. Fortunately SIHH is close to the corner, so I shouldn’t need to stand by too long.
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