Designing Perfection at Parmigiani Fleurier

Designing Perfection at Parmigiani Fleurier

Parmigiani has found such success with its Tonda PF introduced last September that this model is anchoring the design language of the company’s 2022 novelties. Its objective is to distill the very essence of the spirit of independent, authentic watchmaking that translates into timepieces characterized by “unostentatious high horology”. The respect for the golden ratio in dial design, knurled bezel, optimal volume and the way the lugs sweep almost imperceptibly from case to bracelet, are some hallmarks of Parmigiani’s aesthetics penned into the following novelties.

Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante

Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante in 40mm steel case with platinum bezel
Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante in 40mm steel case with platinum bezel

Not to be confused with spilt seconds chronographs, the two hands that spilt and “catch up” in this case are the duo of hour hands, stacked one above the other in an innovative and intuitive execution of the dual time zone complication. When the pusher at eight o’clock is pressed, the upper rhodium-plated gold hour hand advances by one hour to accordingly reflect local time, while the rose gold hour hand below remains stationary, to reflect home time. Once the GMT function is no longer required, pressing the rose gold button integrated into the crown serves to merge the two hands again.

A clever way to keep the dial uncluttered, this is executed in “Milano Blue” with exquisite barleycorn guilloché and housed in a polished and satin-finished stainless steel case with knurled platinum bezel. Turning the watch over reveals a beautifully decorated automatic movement wound by a micro-rotor, with a power reserve of 48 hours.

Activating the pusher at 8 o'clock advances the top hour hand by one hour
Activating the pusher at 8 o'clock advances the top hour hand by one hour
Rhodium-plated and gold hour hands showing local and home time, respectively
Rhodium-plated and gold hour hands showing local and home time, respectively
Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante with micro-rotor movement
Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante with micro-rotor movement

Tonda PF Skeleton

Tonda PF Skeleton in 40mm rose gold case
Tonda PF Skeleton in 40mm rose gold case

Two references are offered for this, in rose gold case, or steel/platinum case. Here the PF777 has been skeletonized to reveal the workings of the movement to optimal effect. Much of the dial has been excised, leaving the chapter ring to bear the hour markers, against a backdrop of the mechanics largely in graphite tone.

Tonda PF Skeleton in 40mm steel case with platinum bezel
Tonda PF Skeleton in 40mm steel case with platinum bezel
Skeletonised self-winding caliber PF777 with 60 hours of power reserve
Skeletonised self-winding caliber PF777 with 60 hours of power reserve

Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon

Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon in 42mm platinum case
Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon in 42mm platinum case

There is some play at irony here, with Parmigiani building an aesthetically simple and monochromatic watch around that most eye-catching of mechanical complications, the flying tourbillon. While discreet, the Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon is nevertheless luxurious, clad in sandblasted platinum case and dial, with platinum bracelet, and it is also wound by a platinum micro-rotor.

A most impressive statement of minimalist refinement, the Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon is built to go where few tourbillons think to venture, to a water resistance of 100 meters. Accordingly, it comes in a very respectful limited edition of just 25 pieces.

Self-winding caliber PF517
Self-winding caliber PF517

Tonda GT Chronograph

Tonda GT Chronograph in rose gold with large date
Tonda GT Chronograph in rose gold with large date

Two versions are offered for the sports star of this lineup: the Tonda GT Chronograph in rose gold case is mated with large date display, while the steel version has the annual calendar function. Both are very practical and easy on the eye, which means that picking one or the other will not be the easiest thing to do.

Rose gold version with large date features a 5Hz chronometer movement
Rose gold version with large date features a 5Hz chronometer movement

The rose gold version with large date features an integrated self-winding chronograph blazing away at 5Hz, allowing it to track elapsed time to an accuracy of a 10th of a second. It is also a COSC-certified chronometer with column wheel and a power reserve of 65 hours, and comes paired with red or gray rubber strap to match the color of the subdials.

The steel version with annual calendar is fitted with a self-winding chronograph running at a slower 4Hz rate. But the convenience of an annual calendar is a powerful draw; the watch will automatically account for the alternating 30/31 duration of the months, requiring manual adjustment only for February.

Steel version of the Tonda GT Chronograph with annual calendar
Steel version of the Tonda GT Chronograph with annual calendar

Both versions feature triangular hobnail guilloché dials and are water resistant to 100 meters.

Tech Specs

Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante

Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante

Movement: Self-winding caliber PF051; 48 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, GMT
Case: 40mm x 10.7mm; stainless steel with platinum bezel; water resistant to 60m
Strap: Stainless steel bracelet
Price: CHF 26,000


Tonda PF Skeleton

Tonda PF Skeleton
Tonda PF Skeleton

Movement: Self-winding caliber PF777; 60 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes
Case: 40mm x 8.5mm; rose gold, or steel case with platinum bezel; water resistant to 100m
Strap: Rose gold or stainless steel bracelet
Price: CHF 88,000 (rose gold); CHF 59,000 (steel)


Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon

Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon

Movement: Self-winding caliber PF517; 48 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, tourbillon
Case: 42mm x 8.6mm; platinum; water resistant to 100m
Strap: Platinum bracelet with white gold folding clasp
Price: CHF 140,000
Availability: Limited to 25 pieces


Tonda GT Chronograph (Rose Gold, Big Date)

Tonda GT Chronograph Rose Gold
Tonda GT Chronograph Rose Gold

Movement: Self-winding caliber PF071; 65 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, big date, chronograph
Case: 42mm x 14.3mm; rose gold; water resistant to 100m
Strap: Vulcanized rubber strap with rose gold clasp
Price: CHF 43,100


Tonda GT Chronograph (Steel, Annual Calendar)

Tonda GT Chronograph Steel
Tonda GT Chronograph Steel

Movement: Self-winding caliber PF043; 45 hours of power reserve
Functions: Hours, minutes, small seconds, annual calendar, chronograph
Case: 42mm x 13.7mm; stainless steel; water resistant to 100m
Strap: Vulcanized rubber strap with stainless steel clasp
Price: CHF 19,400

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