The unique Parmigiani Fleurier brand is back with a new addition to their “Toric” collection. This model has been known as a more conservative piece and now returns in 2017 with a dual time zone.
Unlike traditional GMT watches that only measure full-hour increments, this timepiece allows to set a second time-zone to the exact minute. A very convenient feature if you’re tracking time-zones that are offset by a half-hour or quarter-hour difference. This distinct GMT ability was made possible thanks to the caliber PF317 housed inside this watch and developed by Jean-Marc Wiederrecht.
“AgenHor” is what Jean-Marc has named his company, which has been behind some of the most innovative work being done with: movement and module design in the horology market. The video posted below highlights some of their accomplishments up to this date.
Video courtesy of: AgenHor
The 42.8mm case is made of 18k rose gold with a transparent caseback that allows to view the inner workings of the movement and its 22k rose gold rotor and Côtes de Genève decoration. As for the case design we see here it was one of the first made by Michel Parmigiani, back in the 1990’s. Mounted to the case is the brands signature knurled 18k rose gold fluted bezel.
Equipped with two crowns on the right-side of the case: one for setting the second time-zone which is positioned at 2 o’clock; while the second crown serves to set both time-zones simultaneous and is located slightly under the 3 o’clock position. Features small carefully crafted lugs with a polished finish that contrast well with the bezels refined texture. Topped off by a scratch resistant sapphire crystal with an anti-reflective coating. Water-resistance on this timepiece can reach up to 30 meters (100 feet)
Time is exhibited on an Ivory colored dial with 18k rose gold applied hour index markers, in the midst of a ring of thinner black minute index markers. The primary time-zone has javelin-shaped hands made from 18k rose gold and filled with Super-LumiNova, to enhance legibility on this busy dial.
A hand with a red crescent moon at the tip serves to indicate the current day on the retrograde date. A weird detail on this complication is how the first three and last three numbers for the date track are upside-down. We’re not sure if this was necessary or at all convenient, but this had some Parmigiani fans scratching their heads.
There are three off-set sub-dials on this piece: a second time-time zone is on an off-set dial under the 12 o’clock position, highlighted with a gold ring, plus rhodium-plated hands and a smaller sub-dial morphed to its right-side serving as a day/night indicator;
while a smaller off-set dial over the 6 o’clock position encapsulates a sub-seconds and another day/night indicator.
Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde
This “Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde” (Ref#: PFC493-1002400-HA1442) is powered by a self-winding mechanical movement, caliber PF317 with 28 jewels, 316 components and 28,800 vph. Power reserve on this timepiece can last up to 50 hours, when fully wound.
Mounted to the watch is a black Hermès alligator leather strap, secured to the wrist by an 18k rose gold deployment buckle. For more up to date information visit the official Parmigiani website here.
MSRP: $29,500.00 USD
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