The “Parmigiani Fleurier” brand is on its way to celebrating 20 years since opening for business. And we anticipate that 2017 will see many interesting and unique innovations in this brands offerings. Today we focus on their new “Tonda Quator” model.
This larger sized Tonda collection has been one of the best-sellers for the Parmigiani Fleurier brand. What began as a romantic fancy for the wealthy Sandoz family and Mr. Michel Parmigiani, has flourished in to one of the most innovative horology manufactures operating in today’s marketplace.
The 40mm case is made of 18k rose gold with a transparent caseback. From behind it’s possible to view the inner workings of the mechanical movement, with its Côtes de Genève, beveled bridges and other refined craftsmanship finishes. It has a fixed bezel, a screw-down crown and the characteristic Parmigiani teardrop-styled lug design, which is truly appreciated when we glimpse at the side of the case.
Time is exhibited on a black dial with rose gold plated appliques and an opaline outer “grain barley” center. It features three sub-dials: a 12-month cycle counter at the 3 o’clock position; a dial for the day of the week at the 9 o’clock position; and a double moon phase indicator above the 6 o’clock position. The Moonphase relies on a visual trick, but it manages to reference the moon phase as we’d see it from either the Northern or Southern Hemispheres. Its delta-shaped hands have undergone a luminescent coating for an enhanced legibility.
A retrograde date indicator is visible between the 8 and 4 o’clock index markers. That’s about two thirds of the dial, instead of circling all around. Its current date is always pointed out by a “pointer-style” hand, with a red colored crescent moon shaped tip.
Another idiosyncrasy of this retrograde annual calendar, is that while the date is automatically adjusted according to the number of days in the month; the “Tonda Quator” always attributes 29 days to the month of February, whether it’s a leap year or not. So, unfortunately three out of every four years, the wearer has to manually readjust the date at the end of February. Adjustments to the annual calendar are not set via the crown, instead it relies on four distinct inset pushers that circle the case, with two on each side.
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Quator
This “Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Quator” (Ref#:PFC272-1000200-HA1441) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber PF339, with 32 jewels, 359 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours, when fully wound; while water-resistance can reach up to 30 meters (98 feet).
Mounted on the watch is a black Hermès alligator strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k rose gold ardillon style buckle.
MSRP: $32,800.00 USD
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