ABOUT THE WATCH
The Tonda PF Micro-Rotor is the cornerstone of the modern Parmigiani Fleurier catalog. The case of the new Tonda PF measures 40mm, with a diminutive 7.8mm thickness. On the wrist, the steel version of the Tonda PF seems to vanish, feeling nearly weightless in steel. The case profile is distinctive and unmistakable thanks to its teardrop lugs which have been present in the Tonda range since its inception.
The curvature of the case compliments the wrist's natural shape and drapes like a well-made suit in a very ergonomic fashion. The bezel is a direct heritage to the Toric, while the teardrop lugs and case architecture borrows from the Tonda GT, released in 2019. This creation takes those same values and design codes and expresses them in a pure and minimal manner.
The dial bears the Grain d'Orge guilloché dial, an important finishing for the brand as it was used in the first Parmigiani Fleurier watch, the Toric Memory Time, a detail that allows for a homogeneous retelling of the first Michel Parmigiani creation.
The PF703 movement at the heart of the Tonda PF is the same ultra-thin micro rotor caliber found in former Tonda 1950 models, now with the addition of a date displaying at 6 o’clock. Though the watch is largely comprised of steel, the micro-rotor that powers the Tonda PF is made from the same 950 platinum as the bezel and wears the Grain d'Orge guilloché found on the dial. This rotor winds bi-directionally, allowing for an impressive 48 hours of running autonomy. The PF703 alleviates the fragility concern through INCABLOC shock absorption technology.
The PF703 is an impressive technical exercise but also boasts classical decoration in a way that compliments the understated nature of the watch as a whole. Perlage can be appreciated underneath the rotor and balance, while the bridges and main plate are layered with pelts of côtes de Genève. The bridges and jewel countersinks are all adorned with chamfered edges throughout. Although none of the elements that make up the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor are inherently new, it's worth highlighting the effort and respect for design codes that have been ever present in the Parmigiani Fleurier catalog.
Its specific hands are made of solid gold. Slim and long, they’re almost entirely open-worked and of a completely new design. The bezel, a direct heritage from the Tonda collection, features a sleek, polished part and another that’s been knurled by hand and is crafted out of solid platinum 950 for the steel models. Rather than using the same steel as the rest of the case and bracelet, Parmigiani Fleurier has elected to work with this highly precious metal. Not for the sake of exclusivity but because it provides a better, shinier play with light and a more artisanal feeling once polished by hand.