2021 marks the 25th anniversary of Parmigiani Fleurier. Besides this jubilee, celebrated with an impressively complex pocket watch, it was also an important year for the brand with the presentation of a new visual identity and the first collection developed under the guidance of its new CEO, Guido Terreni. The Tonda PF is the latest collection to join the line-up, revealing a rather personal take on the luxury sports watch with integrated bracelet. Following our hands-on reviews of the spectacular split-second chronograph and sleek micro-rotor model, we are now taking a look at the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Annual Calendar in a warm, luxurious pink gold version.
The luxury sports watch category is, without a doubt, the hottest style of watch these days. Numerous brands have responded to this trend, but the Tonda PF is definitely not a copy of the standard luxury sports watch we are accustomed to. It stands out with a distinct personality, deriving its originality from a mix of hallmark Parmigiani Fleurier codes, such as the tear-drop lugs or the knurled bezel, and modern traits like its integrated bracelet seamlessly flowing from the case. The annual calendar version comes in a 42mm case with a relatively svelte profile at 11.1mm. As you come to expect from Parmigiani Fleurier, the finishing is impeccable throughout, and the watch truly radiates subtle craftsmanship.
Its warm grey dial is adorned with an extremely fine grain d’orge guilloché pattern, and the brand’s new oval PF logo is applied at 12 o’clock. Its layout is balanced, clear and legible. The retrograde date is displayed by a crescent moon-tipped hand at the periphery of the dial, freeing space for the other indications. The day of the week, the month and the phases of the moon are shown respectively at 9, 3 and 6 o’clock. The sub-dial markings are printed in slightly recessed areas, which is a nice touch that further helps legibility.
Aventurine is used to create a starry night backdrop for the moon phase, and the cut-outs in the dial allow you to read the lunar phase for both hemispheres. Last but not least, the small faceted indexes are paired with openwork delta-shaped hands.
Flip the watch over and the exhibition caseback offers a nice view of the in-house automatic calibre PF339. Based on the PF331 with an additional module for the Retrograde Annual Calendar and its precision moon phase, this 27.1mm movement runs at a 4Hz frequency and stores up to 50 hours of power reserve on two series-mounted barrels. The moon phase mechanism only requires correcting once every 122 years, assuming it’s kept running that entire time, of course. The decoration is finely executed, and the style is traditional with Geneva Stripes, bevelled angles, perlage and a 22-carat openwork rotor emblazoned with the brand’s PF logo.
The annual calendar is a useful complication. It automatically keeps track of the correct calendar indication for months of 30 or 31 days, leaving the owner to manually adjust the date once a year instead of five times. Plus, the Parmigiani annual calendar is calibrated for 29 days in February, which means that every leap year, you don’t have to worry about adjusting it at all. It perfectly befits the Parmigiani Fleurier’s understated elegance, something noble and sophisticated but not too loud or necessarily apparent to others at first sight. This is especially true for the steel version of the Tonda PF Annual Calendar … but even the model we had for review felt relatively discreet for a full-gold watch on a gold bracelet!
On the wrist, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Annual Calendar wears pleasantly thanks to its comfortable integrated bracelet and ergonomic lugs. It is secured to the wrist by a folding buckle.
Availability & Price
The price of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Annual Calendar is set at CHF 35,000 for the stainless steel version (which features a platinum bezel) and CHF 70,000 for the pink gold we had for review. Both are part of the permanent collection and are not limited. For more information, please visit www.parmigianifleurier.com.