Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda Métrograph is ready for the busy lives of today’s modern professionals. The black dial is the sportier Métrograph version with green sub-dial chapter rings by day and luminescent circles by night, giving the city dweller a seamless transition between work and play. It is this quiet metamorphosis that matches the professionalism of a day’s demands and the unplugged fulfillment of a city’s nightlife. SIHH 2014 introduces us to the bad boy member of the Métro collection.
The black dial Métrograph offers more personality than the white dial version, but either watch excels. Normally, a black dial denotes a metropolitan dress watch, but the mischievous green around the sub-dials signals there is more than meets the eye. The green outlined sub-dials make a sideways figure 8, which is a familiar asymmetrical layout for the brand. The Bombay portion of the dial, with rhodium plated batons for hours, angles slightly to the dial’s flat center with its three overlapping sub-dials: small seconds, lumed 30 minute counter and lumed 12 hour counter. The elongated, open-worked date window inside the twelve hour chapter ring at 6 o’clock displays odd numbered dates as numerals and even numbered dates as dots. The white background highlights the rotating date.
The 40mm stainless steel case on the steel bracelet offers a more sporting profile, but the watch also is available with a black Hermès leather strap. With the steel bracelet, both the lugs and the links exhibit the company’s iconic teardrop shape. A subtle distinction of the case is the different lugs on the left-hand side and the right-hand side of the watch. On the left, sans crown, the lugs appear normal, but on the right, they form an elaborate wave that envelopes the case; just another asymmetrical detail of this dual-purpose Gemini.
When the lights go out, this watch lets loose. Lumed delta hands, lumed chronograph seconds hand, lumed batons and the devilish green lume of the sub-dials shine brightly. In the dark, the figure eight commands attention. Though the hands on the chronograph sub-dials are without illumination, the luminescent chapter rings reveal the dark hands in relief. Need to time how long it takes for the martinis to arrive in the club’s low light – no problem.
Parmigiani Fleurier is a name associated with not only phenomenal watches, but also with high-end movements provided to the watch industry. Many talented independent watchmakers once worked at this company. Think talent. That kind of reputation stands behind the in-house automatic PF315 calibre, which uses two series-coupled barrels to eke out 42 hours of power reserve. Vaucher Manufacture, located in Fleurier, produces the 351 components of the PF315. The transparent caseback reveals the movement’s meticulous decoration of Côtes de Genève patterns and beveled bridges.
Every twenty-four hours has light and dark. The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrograph suits them both.
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