HANDS-ON : PARMIGIANI’S Pershing Tourbillon Abyss

In this, part two of a series of Parmigiani posts covering some of their models that were being showcased at the Sydney Boat Show (see here for part one), it’s the turn of a nautically themed watch, the Pershing Tourbillon Abyss.

This limited edition, available only in thirty numbered pieces, is part of a collection first released in 2007 in partnership with the eponymous Italian yacht manufacturer.

Yachting influences are courtesy of the dial, a deep azure that Parmigiani call, naturally, ‘abyss’, with its satin wave pattern in a lighter shade of blue achieved by the creation of multiple fine layers through electroplating.

The 45mm watch case (14.2mm thick) is made of grade 5 titanium and rose gold with a dynamometric screw-down crown and a rose-gold unidirectional bezel.

The 30-second tourbillon for which the watch is name is located at 6 o’clock. Visible through the sapphire case back is the automatic Parmigiani Calibre PF 510 movement with a one week power reserve that is shown via an indicator at 12 o’clock. Each watch’s individual number xx/30 is also indicated via an engraving on the back.

The delta-shaped hands are luminescent and the applied indices in yellow gold. The watch comes on a marine blue Hermès leather alligator strap to match the dial, with a buckle in polished titanium.

I’m not sure that I’d take this watch yachting, unless the yachting was in the let’s-have-a-BBQ-and-then-retire-inside-to-the-leather-lounge-and-bar-area type of nautical adventure that was being sold at the Sydney International Boat Show, but if you have the capacity to pay for this watch, you probably have a boat to go with it.

Categories: Limited Editions, Parmigiani, watches

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