Tondagraph GT Rose Gold Silver Black
Power reserve: 65 h, 36000 variations / hours
The Tonda GT and its more complicated sibling, the Tondagraph GT, derive their case shape and other design cues from 2016’s Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, which not only featured Parmigiani Fleurier’s first-ever in-house integrated chronograph caliber but also famously took home the award for best Chronograph Watch at the 2017 Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève (GPHG). Guided by the same Golden Ratio principles applied to that milestone timepiece, and in fact to all timepieces from the fertile mind of Michel Parmigiani, Tonda GT models feature updated teardrop-shaped lugs for increased ergonomics, an integrated bracelet in the same materials and finishes as the case, and fluted bezels that trace their architectural ancestry to the brand’s very first watch design, the iconic Toric series. The dials host a decorative yet understated clou triangulaire guilloché motif, along with the open worked Delta-shaped hands that have become a hallmark of the Parmigiani Fleurier portfolio.
The two newest additions to the growing Tonda GT collection both hail from the Tondagraph GT sub-family, though each reference offers a subtly different series of useful functions, technical capabilities, and aesthetic charms. What unites them visually and ensures their appeal to today’s connoisseur of sophisticated sporty luxury, are their dials, in the classical and crowd-pleasing bicolor style of a silvered main dial and a trio of black subdials. The juxtaposition of these two colors brings the series a further purity of design and a fresh, stylish execution that evolves naturally from the first generation of Tonda GT models.
Following up on last year’s Tondagraph GT Rose Gold Blue, Parmigiani Fleurier adds the Tondagraph GT Rose Gold Silver Black. Like the new steel model, it is offered in two executions, mounted on either an integrated, ergonomically crafted bracelet or a textured black rubber strap. At 42 mm in diameter, its 18k rose gold case boasts a meticulous array of polished and brushed finishing and its fluted bezel frames the striking, high-contrast dial. Inside the Tondagraph GT Rose Gold Silver Black, and visible through a sapphire caseback, is the in-house Caliber PF071, a COSC chronometer-certified movement based on Parmigiani’s ground-breaking and GPHG award-winning Caliber PF361 and storing a 65-hour power reserve.
The movement incorporates a cross-bridge instead of a single attachment to better stabilize the balance, whose high frequency of 36,000 vph (5 Hz) means the stopwatch can measure intervals up to 1/10 second. Few modern chronograph calibers can boast this level of accuracy. While this version of the Tondagraph does not include annual calendar functionality, it features the big date as an additional integrated feature, rather than a modular addition, which makes for better technical reliability. Like all Parmigiani Fleurier movements, Caliber PF071 is enhanced with chamfering and polishing done by hand, sandblasted surfaces, a sunray pattern on the 22k gold oscillating weight, and beautifully hand-finished bridges. Every component is made within the walls of Parmigiani Fleurier’s watchmaking hub, making it a true manufacture caliber. The watch joins Parmigiani Fleurier’s regular collection and is not a limited edition.