As the SIHH 2013 debrief continues our focus shifts today to one of the three new pieces on offer this year from high-end watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier, the distinctive looking Pershing Tourbillon Abyss.
Into The Abyss
Fundamentally the Abyss has been designed as a dive watch, albeit a rather impractical one. The polished titanium case is oversized at 45mm and features an 18k satin finished rose gold unidirectional rotational bezel, whilst the striking dial features a wave pattern in a ‘deep-sea’ blue.
As distinctive as the dial is however the defining feature for me is the 30-second tourbillon at 6 o’clock. Powered by the Parmigiani Fleurier PF510 Caliber, the hand-wound movement boasts a one-week power reserve at full capacity, which is shown via an indicator on the dial side at 12 o’clock.
Turning our attention back to the rear side of the watch we find a sapphire exhibition case-back that reveals the movement’s Côtes de Genève decoration and hand-bevelled bridges. Completing the look is an alligator strap in indigo blue with a folding buckle. Water resistance is 100m but let’s face, like most high-end mechanical watches this piece is not likely to see much ‘ocean time’.
Pricing and availability to be confirmed.
The Final Word
This is a solid offering from Parmigiani, it’s easy to read with a well-balanced dial and attractive tourbillon and will suit those looking for a high quality timepiece that stands out from the crowd. Just don’t try to go swimming with it.