Parmigiani Fleurier revamped its sport-luxury chronograph watch, the Tonda Metrographe, in 2017, adding a motorsports-inspired tachymeter scale around the dial and redesigning the subdial arrangement for greater symmetry and legibility. This year, the brand has presented a new version sporting one of today’s most popular watch-world combinations, a deep blue dial and an 18k rose gold case.
The watch features powdered rose-gold details and rose-gold hands for the subdials and central chronograph seconds counter. The snailed decoration underneath the hour track and inside the subdials — achieved by a chasing tool that removes tiny amounts of material — adds depth to the dial with its concentric circular motif.
The borders of the figure eight formed by the 9 o’clock and 6 o’clock — a design hallmark of the original Tonda Metrographe — are in the modern version slightly raised rather than defined by a flat layer of luminescent coating, and the red numeral “1” in the curved date window at 12 o’clock hearkens back to earlier versions of the model. The manufacture’s skeletonized Delta-shaped hour and minute hands are domed and coated with luminous material. The running seconds are tallied on a double-sided hand on a subdial at 3 o’clock, a type of display first used on the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire model that debuted in commemoration of Parmigiani’s 20th anniversary in 2016. Elapsed times are tallied on the 12-hour counter at 9 o’clock and the 30-minute counter at 6 o’clock.
Inside the watch, and visible through a sapphire caseback, is Parmigiani’s self-winding PF315 caliber, with 46 jewels, a 28,800-vph frequency, and a 42-hour power reserve. It includes a module for the 1/4-second chronograph and boasts côtes de Genève decoration on the bridges. The rose-gold-cased version of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe is mounted on a leather strap, made by Hermès, in the brand’s “Abyss blue,” which closes with a rose-gold pin buckle. The price is 29,500 Swiss francs.
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