Anticipation of novelties of the Italian luxury brand
Parmigiani Fleurier’s new “Tonda PF” collection was designed around the brand’s finest movements
Parmigiani Fleurier celebrates its 25th anniversary with the launch of a new line that celebrates Swiss understatement while simultaneously featuring exquisite manufacture calibers and exceptional craftsmanship in the brand’s characteristic style.
Designed around the label’s finest movements, the Tonda PF features popular complications such as a chronograph, annual calendar and – as the technical flagship – a strictly limited edition of 25 rattrapante chronographs in 950 platinum cases housing a skeletonized, speedily oscillating, hand-wound movement. All models feature the brand’s new oval-shaped logo.
The sleekly simple emblem stands out against the two-dimensional dial with filigree barleycorn guilloche and applied indexes. The slender, elongated, skeletonized hands that circle above the dial are made of solid gold. The partially fluted bezel was borrowed from the “Tonda” collection and is made of solid 950 platinum on the steel models. The watches in this new lineup are worn on integrated metal bracelets, which elegantly continue the emphatically circular and rounded design of the cases.
The entry-level model is the “Tonda PF Micro-Rotor,” a two-handed watch with a date display. Its namesake – the microrotor – enabled the designers to create a 40-mm case with a low height of 7.8 millimeters. A new version of basic Caliber PF703 with an all-platinum microrotor ticks inside the case.
The “Tonda PF Annual Calendar” is the finest proof that minimalist design and complex functions need not be mutually contradictory. The 42-mm case, which is also available in rose gold and stainless steel, encloses the automatic manufacture caliber that powers the annual calendar. The date is retrograde, i.e., it is shown by a hand that hurries back to its starting position at the end of each month. The moon-phase display is exquisite in two respects: it shows the position of the Earth’s satellite as seen from both hemispheres of our planet, and it does so with such extreme precision that the indicator deviates from the actual course of the Earth’s pale companion by one full only day after 122 years have come and gone.