Discover the new Tonda PF Xiali Calendar
The Tonda PF is an entirely new collection of timepieces within the Tonda family, featuring Parmigiani Fleurier’s most distinctive complications from the outset.
The Chinese Calendar is complex, as it combines elements of both a solar and a lunar calendar, which are calculated separately and then synchronized. This is accomplished by the addition of an extra lunar or intercalary month. This 13th month, which allows the two cycles to coincide, occurs approximately every three years. Finally, the Chinese calendar divides the solar year into 24 solar terms, or breaths, which symbolize the agricultural calendar
The calendar functions are among the most fascinating, mirroring civilizations and societies, receptacles of belief, and indefinable phenomena such as the movement of shadows, alternation of seasons, and the mysteries of the lunar cycle. Together, such phenomena play a vital role in human activity.
Displays the 24 characters indicating solar terms
Subdial at 12:00
Outer Ring: Name of the year
Middle Ring: Animal
Inner Ring : Element + yin/yang (colour different)
Subdial at 03:00
The day number is displayed along the outer ring
The character window indicates a long or short day
Subdial at 06:00
Dual hemisphere moonphase indicator
Subdial at 09:00
Month number (1 to 12) indicates month. A plus sign will appear in the window if applicable
The animals of the Chinese zodiac
Some people believe that the 12 Chinese zodiac animals are simplified from the 28 animals which represent 28 constellations in ancient Chinese astronomy, while some insist the zodiac’s relationship with Jupiter’s revolution period just about 12 years. The most popular is the totem saying of the origin related to animal worship.