The year was 1996 when Michel Parmigiani first created the case for the founding model of the Toric family. Featuring the same knurled bezel, the new Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde, today,also features an added GMT complication. This particular inspiration seeped from when the Parmigiani Fleurier restoratin workshops were entrusted with a pocket watch containing two movements inside the same case, each responsible for its own time zone. Michel Parmigiani incorporated the same accuracy of display in the reduced space of a watch case by constructing a single calibre that controls two time zones – each accurate to the nearest minute. This led to the launch of the Tonda Hémisphères in 2010.
Fast forward to 2019 and the brand is extending this very movement to the Toric collection with the Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde. Featuring two timezones, each accurate to the nearest minute, the Calibre PF317 features an instant retrograde calendar which is indicated by the third central hand. The ultra-fast 240° movement activating the spring to drive the hand back to the number one position is invisible to the naked eye.
Equipped with a power reserve of 50 hours, the new Toric comes in a rose gold encasing a grained white dial. The hands of the main time zone, plated in 4N gold, are coated with Super-LumiNova® to make them luminous and more prominent. Meanwhile, the hands of the second time zone are rhodium-plated to present a more discreet shade. Finally, the date indication stands out thanks to fine numerals that are large enough to ensure good legibility. They are indicated by a hand ending in a red crescent moon.
The caseback of the watch features the movement decorated with the Côtes de Genève. The Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde comes on an alligator black leather Hermès strap.