Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda GT Line Expands with New Bicolour Dials

Parmigiani Tandograph GT
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Parmigiani Fleurier brought the elegance and fine craftsmanship of its timepieces into a new and sportier echelon of luxury with the launch of the Tonda GT collection in 2020. The collection garnered immediate success and widespread acclaim from the aficionado community for its timeless design, which brought the Tonda’s luxuriously refined look into a more mainstream, daily-wear arena.

The Parmigiani 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 calibre 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.

Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black

The two newest additions to the growing Parmigiani 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 colours brings the series a further purity of design and a fresh, stylish execution that evolves naturally from the first generation of Tonda GT models.

Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black

Parmigiani Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black

The Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black features a 42-mm case, forged in polished and satin-brushed stainless steel and boasting a water resistance of 100 meters. Its silver-and-black dial adorned with clou triangulaire texture has rhodium-plated indexes treated with black luminescent coating. Like its predecessor with a black dial, the watch houses the automatic Caliber PF043. Though the watch’s name indicates that it is a chronograph, it is actually something much more special, as Caliber PF043 enables the rare horological pairing of a chronograph with an annual calendar. The familiar Delta-shaped hands with black luminescent coating display the time while the date appears prominently in a large double aperture at 12 o’clock. Subdials at 9 and 6 o’clock host the chronograph readouts and the 3 o’clock subdial serves the dual functions of a running seconds indicator and a display of the month. As in all annual calendars, this indicator requires adjustment only once per year, from February to March.

Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black

The automatic movement that drives all these functions is on display behind a sapphire case back that beautifully displays the 22k gold rotor, providing a power reserve of 45 hours and showcasing a host of decorative finishes, including the circular côtes de Genève pattern on the bridges.

 

A subtle but significant evolution in the service of legibility has long been a watchword at Parmigiani Fleurier and the Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black edition features another example: the orange numerals and details that appeared on its black-dialed predecessor have been replaced with higher-contrast elements in white. “With this new model we wanted to exalt the contrast between the counters and the silver dial,” says Parmigiani Fleurier CEO Guido Terreni. “Taking out the orange indicators of the first edition helped us obtain a pure and long-lasting aesthetic.”

Tondagraph GT Rose Gold Silver Black

Parmigiani Tondagraph GT Rose Gold Silver Black

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 groundbreaking and GPHG-award-winning Caliber PF361 and storing a 65-hour power reserve. Parmigiani Fleurier takes pardonable pride in the technical refinements that maximize this elite calibre’s efficiency, as well as its top-level haute horlogerie decorations. The integrated chronograph function uses a column wheel rather than a cam, for smoother operation, and a vertical clutch rather than a horizontal one, which increases accuracy by enabling the chronograph to start without an initial jolt. 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 calibres 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 calibre. The watch joins Parmigiani Fleurier’s regular collection and is not a limited edition.

Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black

Both new Tondagraph GT editions speak to the growth of the sport-luxury series within the larger and inarguably elegant Parmigiani Fleurier universe of timepieces. Envisioned as a value proposition relative to the larger Parmigiani Fleurier collection, Tonda GT offers the brand’s impeccable mechanical watchmaking at a price point that attracts a new set of consumers.

Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black

The arrival of the Tonda GT has expanded our audience and rejuvenated the existing collection for more modern tastes,” Terreni states. “Its launch created momentum for the brand in a very difficult year and offers an opportunity for many new potential customers to enjoy Parmigiani Fleurier. Now the classical aesthetics of a silver-and-black dial, a monochromatic case in steel or in gold, and an integrated bracelet, bring a new level of freshness to the collection, and the subtle enhancements on these new models demonstrate how we can take their sophistication even higher.

Parmigiani Tandograph GT Technical Specifications

Tondagraph GT Steel Silver Black

Movement

  • Calibre PF043 – AUTOMATIC WINDING MANUFACTURE MOVEMENT
  • Power reserve: 45 hours
  • Frequency: 28,800 Vph (4 Hz)
  • Jewels: 56
  • No. of components: 443
  • Diameter: 30.0 mm
  • Thickness: 7.4 mm
  • Decoration: côtes de Genève and perlage
  • Oscillating weight: skeletonized, 22ct rose gold, sand-blasted and satin-finished

Case

  • Polished and satin-finished stainless steel with knurled bezel
  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Thickness: 13.7 mm
  • Crown: Ø 7.2 mm, screwed-in
  • Glass: ARunic anti-reflective sapphire
  • Case back: sapphire glass
  • Engraving on case back: individual number
  • Water resistance: 100 m

Dial

  • Colour: silver with black ceramic subdials
  • Finishing: guilloché clou triangulaire
  • Indices: hand-applied rhodium-plated appliques with black luminescent coating

Hands

  • Skeletonized delta-shaped with black luminescent coating

Strap & Bracelet

Tondagraph GT Rose Gold Silver Black

Movement

  • Calibre PF071 – COSC-CERTIFIED MANUFACTURE AUTOMATIC MOVEMENT WITH INTEGRATED CHRONOGRAPH AND BIG DATE DISPLAY
  • Power reserve: 65 hours
  • Frequency: 36,000 Vph (5 Hz)
  • Jewels: 42
  • No. of components: 331
  • Diameter: 30.6 mm
  • Thickness: 8 mm
  • Decoration: satin-finished open-worked bridges, hand-bevelled edges
  • Oscillating weight: skeletonized, 22ct rose gold, sand-blasted and satin-finished

Case

  • Polished and satin-finished 18ct rose gold with knurled bezel
  • Diameter: 42 mm
  • Thickness: 14.3 mm
  • Crown: Ø 7.2 mm, screwed-in
  • Glass: ARunic anti-reflective sapphire
  • Case back: sapphire glass
  • Engraving on case back: individual number
  • Water resistance: 100 m

Dial

  • Colour: silver with black ceramic subdials
  • Finishing: guilloché clou triangulaire
  • Indices: hand-applied 18ct rose gold appliques with black luminescent coating

Hands

  • Skeletonized delta-shaped with black luminescent coating

Strap/Bracelet

Parmigiani Fleurier

Taking its name from its founder, watchmaker and restorer Michel Parmigiani, the fine watchmaking brand was founded in 1996 in Fleurier, in the Swiss valley of Val-de-Travers. With its own watchmaking centre ensuring its independence, the brand has both full control over the production process and unique creative freedom. For over twenty years, the Parmigiani Fleurier signature has resided within timepieces that command the utmost respect, in harmony with watchmaking traditions. They are the labour of a lifetime – that of Michel Parmigiani, the talented individuals who assist him, and the special relationship between the Manufacture and the masterpieces of the past, enabling it to invent a bold future.

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