SIHH 2015 brought not one but two meteorite models from participating brands. If you had wanted to make a bet with me before the fair about the chances of this happening, I’m pretty sure I’d have lost it.
Parmigiani’s ersion is available in two colours – black and ‘Abyss blue’, the latter possibly a nod to previous blue ‘Abyss’ models such as the Pershing Tourbillon Abyss.
As already mentioned, meteorite is a difficult substance with which to work for watches. Parmigiani had to use a number of acid baths before carefully machining it. Due to the obviously different meteorite source to that used by Jaeger-LeCoultre, it looks quite different texturally as well as pattern-wise.
This new model comes in a 39mm titanium case that is 7.8mm thick and inside is the Calibre PF 701 movement with a platinum micro oscillating weight and measuring 2.6mm. The mainplate is sand-blasted, circular-grained and rhodium-plated, the bridges, sandblasted. Power reserve is forty-two hours.
If you’re in the market for a meteorite dialled watch then whether you select this one or the Jaeger-LeCoultre models will, in the end, be a very personal decision, and the form in which the meteorite has been realised, the aesthetics of the piece, may end up being the determining factor. They are very different looking meteorite watches.