Among the new timepieces introduced by Parmigiani Fleurier at SIHH 2017 was the Toric Chronomètre, a contemporary version of the very first wristwatch designed by brand founder and namesake Michel Parmigiani, which boasts a redesigned case and a COSC-certified chronometer movement.
The Toric Chronomètre, the brand says, will be the base of an entirely new collection within the Parmigiani Fleurier line. Like the original Toric watch, its case, which is available in either white gold or rose gold, is inspired by Ancient Greek columns; knurling and gadroons embellish the curved contours. At 40.8 mm in diameter and 9.5 mm thick, the case features a large, fluted crown, a nonreflective sapphire crystal, and curved lugs that have been redesigned for greater ergonomic comfort and a more streamlined look.
The dial, offered in both black opaline and white grained versions, bears an understated, textured finish created by brushing its surface with a mixture of salt and silver powder. The long, luminous-coated “Javelin” hands make this model distinctive from other Parmigiani watches, many of which tend to use the brand’s hallmark Delta-shaped hands. The Arabic hour numerals are in an elegant, vintage-inspired font and the minute track around the dial’s circumference is subtly rendered. The date appears in a curved aperture at 6 o’clock.
The chronometer-certified movement, Parmigiani’s proprietary Caliber PF331, features a new variable-inertia balance and an array of haute horlogerie finishes typical of the brand, including côtes de Genève on the bridges and plates and a decorative, engraved motif on the gold winding rotor. Comprised of 220 components in all, it features 32 jewels, a frequency of 28,800 vph, and a power reserve of 55 hours. The black alligator strap — made by Hermès, as are all of Parmigiani’s leather watch straps — has a gold ardillon buckle. Both the rose gold and white gold models are priced at $18,500.
Nice watch. Art Deco revival dial; very fine movement. The man on the street would never get the price; but a collector could be in the ball park.