But things have evolved over the years. With a renewed interest in well thought out timepieces from ladies around the world, watchmakers are racing to introduce watches that not just look beautiful, but represent a high level of mechanical robustness in their own rights. The shifting of design focus from look, to look PLUS engineering prowess in a high-end ladies watch is evident, and from the perspective of a watch blog, we Lengbeau fully embrace this industry trend, simply because it means we can finally do our female readers justice by saying a thing or two about ladies watches that intrigue us too.
And this week, we give you exactly that: a review on the newly released, Parmigiani Tonda Metropolitaine Selene series for ladies. We got our hands on two excellent references from the collection last week when we sat down with the brand (where we also handled the outstanding Tonda 1950 Meteorite Rose Gold). And if you're a male reader and have read this article up to this point, do stay around to read whole thing, you know, in case you need to buy your Juliet something special.
Let's check them out!
Tonda Metropolitaine Selene - Tasteful, and Complicated (just like its future owner)
First and foremost, the stainless steel case is thoroughly polished, as seen from the sheen reflected off its lugs. While the case is not made of more precious materials such as rose gold or white gold, Parmigiani has more than made up for it with the adornment of the bevel with - wait for it - 72 pieces of diamond each with an unit mass of 0.51 carats. We are no gemology expert but man, THAT, is one exquisite watch case. And let us not forget while huge amount of manual effort is injected into the creating of a watch movement, bejewelling has also become an absolute key skill any watch brand must possess, which commands no less man hours to be poured in. So kudos to Parmigiani for doing so in a very tasteful way here, without making the whole matter too gaudy or loud.
The moonphase indicator is perhaps the most romantic complication of all, serving the purpose of displaying the evolving shape of the moon across lunation. While not super practical (I can't think of anyone who needs to know whether we have a full moon or a first quarter moon on any given day), this is a truly beautiful complication to behold. The telling of the lunation stage is achieved with a rotating disc sprinkled with golden stars and 2 golden moons, against the white/dark blue background representing the sky through an aperture.
Movement wise, the Tonda Metropolitaine Selene is powered by Parmigiani's in-house automatic Calibre PF318 with a respectable power reserve of 50 hours. While many ladies have opted to wear a quartz watch over a mechanical because of the sheer fact that a quartz watch wouldn't stop running even if not worn for an extended period of time, you should rest assured that you can rest your Tonda Metropolitaine Selene for the weekend without having to worry about having to shake your watch like crazy to bring to back to operation when Monday arrives.
For full specs of the watches, visit here.