Swiss published magazine Montres Passion gives out two awards each year to watches. Being that Switzerland is the mecca for watchmaking, it’s common for the Swiss people to be interested in and knowledgeable about luxury watches. So, each year there is an award given to a certain watch that the public votes on. This year’s winner is a sporty women’s watch by Parmigiana called the Pershing Asteria.
This is a totally different watch in all ways compared to the one that the actual magazine voted for, which was the Historiques 1921 by Vacheron Constantin.
The pershing Asteria is a large watch, with a case that measures 42mm wide by 13mm in thickness and is made from 18K white gold or stainless steel. This watch is elegant and sporty; reflective of the partnership between a high-end Italian yacht manufacturer and the Parmigiani brand. This collection of Pershing watches was produced in 2008 and comes in both men’s watches and women’s models.
The mother of pearl dial has all the features seen in a diving watch, like a unidirectional bezel and tells the story of the magic of the oceanic underworld. For example, on the dial are two little sea creatures that sit next to the chronograph subdials: a small octopus as the counterweight (not able to be seen in the angle of this image), while a starfish is the seconds hand/ dial for the time.
The functionality of this watch is more than initially meets the eye. There are hours, minutes and small seconds, located at the 3 o’clock position; the date display window, 1/4 second chronograph, a 30-minute counter and a 12- hour counter. The watch runs on a self-winding PF334 movement, created entirely by Parmigiani.
The band seen in this image is a white Epsom calf leather strap made by Hermes, with blue stitching; finished with a folding buckle and safety clasp. Another choice is a steel bracelet mounted on a natural rubber strap with satin-finished central links and comes with an adjustable safety deployment clasp. This particular watch also comes in a variety of levels of precious jewels.