The Tecnica Ombre Noire is an exceptional timepiece in more ways than one. This unique, poetically named piece by Parmigiani Fleurier celebrates a variety of complications from the great tradition of Haute Horlogerie, such as the perpetual calendar, minute repeater and tourbillon, whilst offering a very contemporary finish.
As the name suggests, the Tecnica Ombre Noire puts the emphasis on darkness. The °rice-grain” guilloché slate-colored dial contrasts with the rose gold indices. An aperture at 6 o’clock allows you to admire the tourbillon, while the month, date, day and leap year indications, as well as the power reserve, occupy the upper part of the dial. The skeletonized delta-shaped hour and minute hands complete the ensemble and allow you to read the different measurements made possible by this highly complex timepiece.
The Tecnica Ombre Noire features a rose gold case designed to optimize the resonance of the minute repeater chime. The case houses “cathedral” chimes. The piece also features Parmigiani Fleurier’s iconic teardrop-shaped lugs. These were inspired by Fibonacci and his golden ratio, both so important to Parmigiani in all of his creations.
The minute repeater activator is integrated in the bezel. The traditional side bolt, which makes this horological complication so beloved of connoisseurs, is therefore absent. Nevertheless, the water resistance of the timepiece has been maintained, which, however, is only 10 meters. So this masterpiece better stays dry.
The case measures 45 mm in diameter and 13 mm in height.
The manual movement of the Tecnica Ombre Noire combines three grand complications: The minute repeater with “cathedral” chimes, a tourbillon and a perpetual calendar. They place this watch in the category of the most complex timepieces in Haute Horlogerie. All the components of the movement have been carefully decorated.
The movement operates at a frequency of 3 Hz and offers a power reserve of 42 hours.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tecnica Ombre Noire is completed by a black strap made from alligator leather by Hermès.