Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Abyss
The Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Abyss probably harnesses more oceanic symbols than any model produced previously. Angus Davies dives in and explores its many details.
This detailed review of the Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Abyss includes live images and specification details.
Swiss brand Parmigiani Fleurier has enjoyed a partnership with, Italian open yacht manufacturer, Pershing, since 2007. Both brands embrace exceptional craftsmanship, creating objects which brim with design prowess.
Parmigiani Fleurier has created several Pershing timepieces since the two luxury brands joined forces. The latest Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Abyss probably harnesses more oceanic symbolism than any model produced previously.
Presented in titanium and 18-carat rose gold, the generously proportioned case looks capable of withstanding the cruelest of seas. With a diameter of 45mm and case height of 14.2mm, this watch has an overtly masculine character.
The haute horlogerie company, based in Fleurier, has captured the dynamism of surging waves with a stunning blue dial. Spanning the blue dial, curving lines meander from left to right, shimmering in light, courtesy of the satin “wave” pattern.
The shade of blue is deep, implying a deep-sunk world resides below. The nomen, hue and face of the watch, once again, suggest that there is a world beneath the dial which requires exploration. The applied gold indices guide the eyes to the heart of the tourbillon cage, inviting the wearer to dive into the abyss.
Exacting mechanical standards
Within the Pershing Tourbillon AbyssParmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Abyss, exacting mechanical standards are clearly evident. The polished tourbillon bridge is the product of many hours of deft skill, with all angles beautifully rounded in seamless splendour. A similar bridge spans the tourbillon to the rear of the watch, located on the movement, repeating the skillful feat.
The movement, visible via the sapphire caseback, reminds the wearer of the towering ability of the maison. The bridges feature Côtes de Genève motif, with each stripe perfectly defined and distilled to perfection. Sat adjacent the Genevan stripes are satin brushed bridges, providing comely contrast. The bevels are expertly applied, by hand, at 45° with the interior angles revealing no evidence of their challenging execution. Near the centre of the movement, beneath a circular grained wheel, perlage is visible providing an additional finish to indulge the desires of a discerning purist.
Beyond the finishing of the movement there are many other attributes which distinguish this hand-wound PF510 calibre. It features twin barrels providing a power reserve of one week. The manufacture movement features 237 components, including 30 jewels.
The tourbillon makes two revolutions each minute. The complement of functions includes hours, minutes, central seconds and a power-reserve indication.
There are many design details which link this model to other members of the Parmigiani Fleurier family. The curving articulated lugs, with their tear-like profile, affix the strap to the case. The strap, presented in Indigo blue, is from the luxurious house of Hermès. The hour and minute hands are delta shaped, a form I always associate with Parmigiani and a type of hand which conveys time with brevity and style in equal measure.
The watch is infused with modernity, typical of a high-performance Pershing yacht. Its size and styling may not be to everyone’s taste, but I liked the appearance of the Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Abyss. Moreover, once placed upon my wrist, its courtship ritual got into full swing and I was seduced by its contemporary appearance and comfortable fit.
Whilst the watch is intended for use within the water, it would somehow feel disrespectful to dive into the sea wearing the Pershing Tourbillon Abyss, subjecting it to the harshness of salt water. Albeit, I have no doubt the timepiece would tolerate life in an aquatic setting, courtesy of its robust creation. However, it seems sacrilege to place this watch, the outcome of many hours of relentless toil, in the rugged waters of an angry sea. It is simply too precious for that.
Most notably, the watch invites enquiring eyes to examine each constituent part and ponder its creation. I spent much time, immersed in the various aspects of the watch, exploring each characteristic of its form. Ultimately, the Abyss leaves you feeling that despite its numerous qualities, you have failed to notice many other attributes, still undiscovered within its many depths.
- Model: Parmigiani Fleurier Pershing Tourbillon Abyss
- Ref: PFH551-3100600-HA3142
- Case: Titanium and 18-carat rose gold; diameter 45.00mm; height 14.20mm; water resistant to 10 bar (100 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
- Functions: Hours; minutes; central seconds; power-reserve indication; tourbillon.
- Movement: PF510, hand-wound movement; frequency 21,600 vph (3Hz), 30 jewels; power reserve 7 days; 237 parts
- Strap: Indigo blue strap Hermès alligator leather strap presented on deployant