Visually appetizing is also the rest of the dial. Since Parmigiani opted for a large, 45mm case, there is actually room to display all twelve Arabic numerals around the edge of the dial, which amplifies the visual impact, and seem to act as an halo surrounding the perpetual calendar and tourbillon. For those of you who think this is all there is to this watch, think again. The dial is actually made from Grand Feu enamel and keen observers would have noticed the second hand in the date subdial of the perpetual calendar. This is the power reserve indicator. Hidden in plain sight it is actual a valuable addition to the complications. Since the watch is a manual wind and a perpetual calendar, it is recommended to keep it running in order to avoid having to reset its functions.
As said, with a diameter of 45mm the Tecnica Ombre Blanche is not a small watch, but Parmigiani has succeeded in making it a relatively slim watch. The movement only has a height of 7.7mm, which is quite thin for a watch that houses a perpetual calendar, tourbillon and minute repeater. This also allowed Parmigiani to make the overall height of the watch 13mm, with the movement safely enclosed in its rose gold case, which is actually waterproof. This sounds as something that comes natural in a world where most watches are waterproof, yet when it comes to Grande Complications this is not the standard. Of course it doesn’t turn the Tecnica Ombre Blanche into a bonafide divers watch, but it will add some degree of protection against moisture and dust, which given the tremendous effort that went into crafting this exquisite watch is a comforting feeling.
source: revo-online.com by MARTIN GREEN