Released last year, the Tonda PF collection of Parmigiani Fleurier made quite a sensation with its rather unusual take on the luxury sports watch concept. Sleek, extremely refined and entirely dedicated to the details, but not to being demonstrative, the flagship model is, without a doubt, the compact, elegant and ultra-thin Micro-Rotor version. Deliberately minimalistic, up to guilloché pattern that is only perceptible when looked at closely, it quickly became a hit. Now, under the guidance of our friend Wei Koh of Revolution and The Rake, the watch comes back in a sharp-looking limited edition, with a salmon dial. Meet the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Serenissima.
When Guido Terreni at Parmigiani Fleurier for its new CEO position, and knowing a strong experience in the field of the sleek luxury sports watch with integrated design, he quickly started his mission to implement such a design within the brand’s highly recognizable and slightly baroque language. Not an easy task on paper, but the result took shape and became the Tonda PF Collection. And it did convince. Available in multiple editions, such as a chronograph, an annual calendar, a split-seconds chronograph, and this year with skeleton movement or GMT rattrapante, the flagship remains the simplest of the lot, the Micro-Rotor… Simply because it summarizes everything Terreni wanted to express.
The watch in question is sleek and slim, refined yet characterful, and managed to blend classic PF codes with the necessary elements you expect from an integrated, ultra-thin sporty-chic watch. As such, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor is a compact 40mm watch with a slim 7.8mm height. There are notable elements on the case, and even if it looks delicate, still manages to be resistant enough for daily use, with sapphire crystals both sides, a screw-in crown and a 100m water-resistance. The design is characterized thanks to the use of drop-shaped lugs, a complex play of polished and satin-finished textures, including internal angles on the lugs, and a finely fluted bezel that is made of platinum for more lustre. Nothing new, however, on this side when it comes to the Revolution/The Rake Serenissima edition.
What changes is the dial. The finely hand-guilloche grain d’orge pattern, so fine that it becomes almost like a matte texture from a certain distance, has been kept, as well as the short applied markers and 18k gold skeletonized delta-shaped hands. The main novelty concerns the dial colour, a matte, subtle salmon tone that exudes, according to Wei, a sheer serenity… Hence the name of the watch, Serenissima. To keep things elegant, the date wheel matches the dial colour.
Inside the case is a thin and nicely decorated movement, well-known from the brand, the in-house calibre PF703. Measuring only 3mm in height, it is equipped with a platinum oscillating weight for better winding inertia. Beating at 3Hz, it boasts 48 hours of power reserve. Decoration consists nicely curved bridges, guilloché on the rotor, thin Geneva stripes and polished bevels all around, and specifically for this edition, Revolution’s logo on the rotor.
Worn an integrated stainless steel bracelet with concealed folding clasp, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Serenissima for Revolution and The Rake will be produced in 25 pieces only, available through revolutionwatch.com at the price of CHF 21,450.