Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice special edition


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Parmigiani Fleurier has recently joined forces with acclaimed Italian artist Marcello Lo Giudice. Born in 1957, Lo Giudice is widely recognized for his “Eden” paintings which feature thick layers of paint, pigment and oil. In these paintings, the abrasions, cracks, sedimentations and cascades of colors offer to the viewer abstract landscapes untouched like on the first day of creation. Captivated by the artist’s latest works, Michel Parmigiani found the inspiration for a new watch – the Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice (ref. PFS288-1002503-HA3141). With this model, the Swiss watchmaker is blending two unique worlds of craftsmanship. Both Parmigiani Fleurier and Marcello Lo Giudice are driven by the same passion for design and innovation. The timepiece is issued as a limited edition of 12 individually numbered one-of-a-kind pieces pieces. Each of these unique models features an identically reproduced portion of Lo Giudice’s artwork.

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Marcello Lo Giudice’s paintings are characterized by thick layers of paint and pigment

 

The new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice was officially unveiled during the exclusive opening of the artist’s “Eden Universe, Eden Ocean” exhibit (May 10 – June 9 2018) at Opera Gallery in New York City. The event saw the attendance of numerous high-profile guests including Prince Albert of Monaco, a close friend of the artist. The guests had a unique opportunity to not just look at Lo Giudice’s paintings and the watch, but also to ask the artist about his work and the new collaboration. The first Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice timepiece which “opens” the 12-piece collection was gifted to Prince Albert of Monaco while the model Nº 12, which brings the series full circle, was presented to Lo Giudice. The rest of the watches retail for $36,000 each.

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One of the models was presented to the artist himself

 

The most striking feature of the new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice is, obviously, the dial. To create the twelve dials, the watchmaker used a highly-precise laser technique. The first step was to take the raw plate of the dial and then laser engraved it in order to mark the material’s structure and build volume where there was a flat surface. After that, the miniaturist painter applied the color pigments, identically reproducing a selected portion of Marcello Lo Giudice’s “Eden Universe, Eden Ocean” artwork. Parmigiani Fleurier insisted that the entire process is true to the artist’s work, who begins by building texture and volume on a canvas before covering it with paint. Besides the blue-green miniature paintings, the dials also feature rose gold “sage leaf shaped” hour and minutes hands.

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To further emphasize the beauty of the dial, the watchmaker used thinner “sage leaf shaped” hands

 

The Tonda 1950 Marcello Lo Giudice is housed in a 39mm rose gold case that is water resistant to 30 meters. On the back of the watch we have a sapphire case back engraved with an individual number, the “Unique Piece” inscription, and two names, “Marcello” and “Michel”. Powering the latest Parmigiani Fleurier watch is the caliber PF702. Featuring 29 jewels, the self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of 48 hours. Completing the timepiece is a stylish dark blue alligator leather Hermès strap.

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The case back ring is engraved with the names “Marcello” and “Michel” – a nod to the friendship born from this collaboration

 

 

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