There is always something enthralling about the moon; the way it mysteriously glows in the night sky, beaming brightly as a cascade of clouds pass through. It induces artistic melancholia and tugs the romantic, sentimental strings of the heart. No wonder why it is considered as a muse by many, including the fine Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani, in its Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène collection.

A ladies' watch, the Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène showcases the beauty of the moon in a luxuriously crafted dial. At a glance, one can only be captivated by the deep blue colour of the background, shining with bright gold indexes and accents. There's a stunning piece of lacework in the middle—artistically cut from a mother-of-pearl. It shines demurely, with textures and reflections gracefully radiating through the reflected light. The decoration "blooms" at a specific moment, representing a lotus plant–a symbol of femininity. Two different layers measuring less than 0.2 mm thick, are placed atop the other, creating a flourishing illusion.

But the real show is the moon phase setting, just below the 12 o'clock position. It features the cratered moon gilding the starlit sky, along with the mark of Parmigiani Fleurier. This complication is produced in-house, exclusively drafted by the brand's best artisans.

The principle is simple: a gear is connected to the hour wheel which possess more teeth than the usual, and turns rather slowly. This gear rotates every 24 hours and drives the moon disc forward each day, using a flexible blade attached to the wheel. There's a pusher at 9 o'clock, enabling the wearer to manually index the moon phase in order to match their location.

The movement that powers both functions is another interesting concept. Tonda Métropolitaine Sélène is equipped with a double barrel organ that produces accuracy in movement, as well as its time keeping features. 205 components beat within the solid-coloured dial, each brushed and polished to perfection.

Specifications:

  • Calibre PF318 automatic winding
  • 50-hour Power Reserve
  • 30-metre Water Resistance
  • 4Hz Frequency
  • Double barrel
  • 205 components, 28 jewels
  • Côtes de Genève bevelled bridges
  • Moon phase function
  • Anti-reflective sapphire glass
  • Blue abyss dial with rose gold plated applique
  • Mother-of-pearl lace centre
  • Steel or blue leather bracelet 

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