The New Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Collection
A celebration of the brand's 25th anniversary.
Already an accomplished watchmaker, in 1996, Michel Parmigiani decided to launch his own brand, which is now recognised as one of the most revered high-end watchmaking companies, Parmigiani Fleurier. To celebrate a quarter-century of handsome and complex watches, the brand is introducing a new identity and, most importantly, a new collection of refined, complex, thin and elegant sporty watches, the new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Collection. Integrated bracelets, classic PF design codes and in-house movements… Here’s an overview of the four models launched.
First of all, the Tonda PF Collection inaugurates a new brand signature. The PF logo appears at 12 o’clock, nestled in a vertical, oval, double-framed appliqué. The indexes of each timepiece are set across two levels of the dial, while the grain d’orge guilloché dial pattern has been refined to the max for a delicate look. The Tonda PF is an entirely new collection of timepieces within the Tonda family, featuring Parmigiani Fleurier’s most emblematic manufacture movements. From the classic micro-rotor to the impressive split-seconds chronograph, the movements define each model.
The overall look of the watches within the Tonda PF Collection is a mix of classic PF features – like the teardrop-shaped lugs and fluted bezel – mixed with modern elements such as the integrated metallic bracelets. This collection shouldn’t be confused with the Tonda GT, which looks rather similar at first but is a far sportier take on the concept of the luxury watch. The Tonda PF Collection is thinner, slightly more elegant and even more refined in its execution. For instance, all watches feature hand-guilloché dials, solid gold openworked hands, and gold applied indexes. Each watch, except for the top-of-the-range split seconds, will be available in steel or 18k rose gold, but even the steel model features a solid platinum bezel for a better, shinier interaction with light.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor
First in line in this collection is a classic take on the luxury sports watch, a time-and-date watch with a compact-ish case and ultra-thin movement. The Tonda PF Micro-Rotor is housed in a steel or rose gold case measuring 40mm in diameter and a lean height of 7.8mm. Whatever material is chosen, all models feature a warm grey, matte guilloché dial. It inaugurates a new version of Parmigiani Fleurier’s emblematic movement, the PF703. This ultra-slim, 3mm-thick engine is self-winding thanks to a full platinum micro-rotor.
A rather surprising move, the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor is a two-hand watch – hours and minutes – with a date positioned at 6 o’clock in a rectangular window. It is both the simplest and most elegant watch in this collection and can easily compete against heavyweights in the category. The back reveals the movement with its refined decoration (expected from PF). With its 3Hz frequency, the movement stores 48 hours of power reserve. A good point, the watch is WR to 100m.
Quick facts: 40mm x 7.8mm – steel with platinum bezel or rose gold case – matching integrated bracelet – 100m water-resistant – calibre PF703, automatic micro-rotor, 3Hz, 48h power reserve – guilloché dial – USD 22,900 in steel, USD 53,900 in rose gold
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Chronograph
The second watch in the Tonda PF Collection is a slightly sportier take on the concept and is equipped with a chronograph movement. This edition, once again available in steel or rose gold, measures 42mm in diameter and 12.4mm in height. Still offering 100m water-resistance, it retains the same guilloché pattern on the dial but changes colour, with a deep blue tone for both the steel version and the gold model. The display is classic, with 3 sub-counters and date at 4.30.
The most noticeable element in the Tonda PF Chronograph is its in-house automatic movement, an integrated chronograph calibre with column wheel and a high frequency of 5Hz. This calibre PF070 is nicely decorated and stores 62 hours of power reserve. It comes with a new openworked oscillating weight in 22k rose gold with a central PF logo medallion. The pushers are also well integrated into the design with the hallmark PF teardrop shape.
Quick facts: 42mm x 12.4mm – steel with platinum bezel or rose gold case – matching integrated bracelet – 100m water-resistant – calibre PF070, automatic integrated chronograph with column wheel, 5Hz, 65h power reserve – guilloché dial – USD 31,000 in steel, USD 69,700 in rose gold
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Annual Calendar
A slightly more complex vision of the concept, again with a classic movement from the brand, this annual calendar edition is housed in a 42mm case with a height of 11.1mm. Also available in steel or rose gold, its guilloché dial is warm grey and features a double moon phase and retrograde date hand. In addition, sub-counters display the weekday and the month. Inside is the automatic calibre PF339 with modular construction. Otherwise, specifications and design are identical to the versions mentioned above.
Quick facts: 42mm x 11.1mm – steel with platinum bezel or rose gold case – matching integrated bracelet – 100m water-resistant – calibre PF339, automatic modular annual calendar, 4Hz, 50h power reserve – guilloché dial – USD 38,700 in steel, USD 77,500 in rose gold
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Split Seconds Chronograph
The star of the show in this new Tonda PF Collection is an impressively luxurious and complex model, limited to just 25 units, representing the best of the manufacture. The case and bracelet of this Tonda PF Split Seconds Chronograph are crafted in platinum, and so is the dial, with a sandblasted finish. Also measuring 42mm and still 100m water-resistant, it has a combination of white and yellow gold hands to separate the indications. It also features a tachymeter scale on the periphery.
The movement is equally impressive. This calibre PF361 is a new version of the manufacture’s most high-end engine, the GPHG-awarded ChronOr. Three characteristics make this movement exceptional. One, its mainplate and bridges are made of solid 18k rose gold. Two, they’re extensively openworked, satin-finished and bevelled, even though the dial is closed. Three, it is an integrated, high-frequency split-seconds chronograph. It allows optimal timekeeping of two events starting simultaneously, down to a 10th of a second.
Quick facts: 42mm x 15mm – 950 platinum case, bezel, dial and bracelet – 100m water-resistant – calibre PF361, in-house hand-wound rattrapante chronograph with gold bridges, 5Hz, 65h power reserve – limited to 25 pieces – USD 171,600
For more details, please visit www.parmigiani.com.
The TONDA PF collection is styled for the sophisticated, and all aspects of the cases and movements exude a superior quality.
A very ‘fresh looking’ addition.
The skeletonised hands with lume tip are a superb standard and look much better than full lume. Why the date window on the chronograph, though? It would look lovely without it, as does the rattrapante.
All in all, it still keeps a certain ‘DNA’ while improving the finer aspects of appearance. The new CEO has done a decent job in overseeing these.
Von wenigen Ausnahmen abgesehen finde ich PF als altbacken. Die Firma schreibt tiefrote Zahlen und zu dieser ebenso altbackenen Stiftung im Rücken habe ich kein Vertrauen. Bald wird diese Firma verkauft…