Parmigiani Fleurier presents the world premiere of its Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante at the Watches and Wonders 2022 exhibition. In the lineup are several Tonda timepieces, like the Tonda GT Chronograph, the Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon, and the Tonda PF Skeleton. The Tonda PF collection was launched in September 2021 and since then, some technically brilliant timepieces have gotten the attention of the community. Let's explore the manufacture's high-end watchmaking expertise.
Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante is a complication which features two superimposed hour hands - one in rhodium-plated gold and the other in rose gold. When the wearer presses the pusher at 8 o'clock, it causes the upper rhodium-plated gold hand -- dedicated to local time -- to jump one hour forward. This reveals the rose gold hand, which displays the time in the wearer's place of residence, known as 'home time'. When the wearer does not want the second timezone information, all they need to do is, press the crown-integrated rose gold push button. This action repositions the rhodium-plated hand on top of the rose gold hand in the same manner as a split-seconds chronograph hand. It's that easy for world travellers with the Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante.
The fine barleycorn guilloché pattern of the dial, featuring a subtle 'Milano Blue' shade is something that certainly catches your attention. The Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante Ref. PFC905-1020001-100182 is driven by the Manufacture automatic movement PF051, which achieves a power reserve of around 48 hours. It sits inside a 40mm polished and satin-finished stainless steel case with a platinum 950 knurled bezel, which has been paired with a stainless steel bracelet.
Tonda PF Skeleton
The two new Tonda PF Skeleton watches are offered in 18K rose gold and steel and platinum versions. The oscillating weight is visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback, crafted in 22K rose gold. This smoothly blends in with the overall structure comprised of 187 components. The oscillations generated by the wearer's movements help wind the barrel, which is also openworked and reveals the steady contracting and relaxing of the mainspring driving its balance at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour.
The tasteful openworking of the Tonda PF Skeleton reveals the Manufacture automatic movement PF777, which delivers a power reserve of around 60 hours. The Ref. PFC912-2020001-200182 comes housed in a 40mm rose gold case, while the Ref. PFC912-1020001-100182 finds its home inside a 40mm stainless steel case with platinum 950 knurled bezel. The rose gold model has been paired with a rose gold bracelet and the steel version has been completed with a stainless steel bracelet.
Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon
The Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon Ref. PFH921-2020001-200182 is an all-platinum interpretation with a sandblasted full platinum 950 case and dial. Its 42mm platinum body is fitted with a screwed-in crown and offers a water resistance of 100 metres. The watch has been paired with a minimalist platinum bracelet. Its sapphire crystal caseback reveals some of the 207 parts composing its mechanical self-winding calibre.
Sleek at just 8.6mm thick, the 25-piece limited edition Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon finds its power in the automatic movement PF517, which achieves a power reserve of around 48 hours, operating at 21,600 Vph (3Hz). Circular Côtes de Genève is one of the decorations the movement features. The 18K gold rhodium-plated skeletonised delta-shaped hands add to the minalism of the timepiece, which has been paired with a polished and satin-finished platinum 950 bracelet.
Tonda GT Chronograph
The sporty Tonda GT Chronograph is offered in two versions - 18K rose gold with chronograph and big date functions; and steel with chronograph and annual calendar functions. The Tonda GT Chronograph with its 42mm diameter case in 18K rose gold houses an integrated self-winding chronograph calibre -- the PF071 -- operating at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5Hz), beneath the silver-toned guilloché dial with its 'triangular hobnail' motif. The wearer can read short-time measurements on the Quantum Grey or Granata subdials. The big date display appears in a twin aperture at 12 o'clock.
Visible through the transparent sapphire crystal caseback, the engine delivers a power reserve of around 65 hours and houses 331 components, including a sandblasted 22K gold oscillating weight and a column wheel. Courtesy the high frequency of its regulating organ, short-time measurements of up to 12 hours with 1/10th of a second precision are possible here. The watch with finely knurled and polished bezel is fitted with a deep red or grey rubber strap matching the colour of the subdials and secured by an 18K rose gold folding clasp. It is water resistant upto 100 metres.
The same Quantum Grey and Granata colour scheme between the counters and the rubber strap are also evident in the the Tonda GT Chronograph in stainless steel, featuring an annual calendar with a knurled bezel framing the silver-toned guilloché dial in a 'triangular hobnail' pattern. This 42mm chronograph is water-resistant to 100 metres.
It features subdials arranged along the 3 o'clock to 9 o'clock axis, topped by the double date window at 12 o'clock. It is equipped with the in-house self-winding chronograph calibre PF043, operating at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour (4Hz) and delivering a power reserve of around 45 hours. The movement features an annual calendar and it comprises 443 components, including a 22K rose gold oscillating weight. The Silver and Quantum Grey dial iteration has been paired with a grey vulcanised rubber strap and the Silver and Granata dial reference has been fitted with a Granata vulcanised rubber strap.