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INTRODUCING: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36mm (Ref. PFC804)

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36MM with “White Citrine" dial, diamond-set bezel and pink gold case and bracelet.

This year’s Tonda PF Automatic 36mm models skew towards the ladies, but the unisex size is sure to attract all collectors.

Parmigiani Fleurier is having a great year so far. At Watches and Wonders, it released a couple of outstanding Toric watches, a new time-only Tonda PF Micro-Rotor, and followed that up with a new Arabic calendar in the same line.

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36MM with “Sand Gold” dial in pink gold case and bracelet.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36mm with Sand Gold dial in pink gold case and bracelet. The bracelet’s gem-setting design is new for the Tonda. 

For the summer, the sporty Tonda PF Automatic once again gets all the attention from the brand’s design team. Although the 36mm model has been primarily pitched towards ladies, this case size is seen as a unisex sizing today. These new Tonda PF Automatic 36mm models stick closely to the iconic features used in the original Classic Ladies collection, with brilliant-cut diamonds on bezels and baguette-cut diamonds on the dial as hour markers.

The three new watches are in 18K pink gold or two-toned pink gold and steel. The most glamorous version is the full pink gold watch with mirror polishing on the case middle, bezel, crown, and the outer links of the bracelet. The middle links of the bracelet have a contrasting vertical brushing, and diamonds are set on the bezel and along the entire bracelet.

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36MM “Sand Gold” dial in pink gold case and bracelet.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36mm Sand Gold dial in pink gold case and bracelet.

The Sand Gold dial model has a unique bezel design, with fluting on the outer edges and a row of brilliant-cut diamonds on the inner half. The splitting of the bezel in this style is clever; the fluted section looks like a human neck, and the row of diamonds is like a whole string of pearls worn by the neck. The bracelet is the first time Parmigiani is setting a watch in this style, and admittedly, it does look rather feminine thanks to the sparkle that runs along the two sides.

The watch maintains its purist, minimalist design with a textured Sand Gold dial that’s engraved with a rose engine. The hour markers are baguette-cut diamonds, which complement the sparkling bezel.

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36MM “Warm Grey” dial in pink gold case and bracelet.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36mm Warm Grey dial in pink gold case and bracelet.

A second full gold watch has a Warm Grey dial with a gem-set bezel in the same style as the Sand Gold watch. The diamonds along the bracelet are gone, which makes it quite a unisex watch in today’s collecting context. The rest of the details are pretty much the same, from the PF770 self-winding movement with a skeletonised oscillating rotor that can be seen through the exhibition caseback.

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36MM “White Citrine” dial in pink gold case and bracelet.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36mm White Citrine dial in pink gold case and bracelet.

Finally, the White Citrine dial release comes in a steel-and-pink-gold case and bracelet. The name of the watch references the colour of white citrine that it is based on, instead of a semi-precious stone dial. The fully fluted bezel, crown, and links between the polished outer and brushed middle links are in rose gold.

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36MM houses the PF770 self-winding movement.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Automatic 36mm houses the PF770 self-winding movement.

This watch is highly unisex, with baguette-cut diamonds just for the hour markers. The warmth of the White Citrine dial enhances the two-toned model, softening the contrast between the steel and pink gold. Unadorned with diamonds, this is a great EDC watch; in fact, it’s so great that you can easily share it with your partner as well.

The design team has done outstanding work on the steel-and-gold watch. The brushed and polished steel bracelet links look almost like two different metals, linked by the warm rose gold components. The absence of a date window also removes clutter from the dial.

The Tonda PF Automatic 36mm watches of 2024 are really enriching the brand’s most successful series. We’re looking forward to seeing what will drop towards autumn, but meanwhile, which is your favourite?


Editor

Darren has been writing about, and admiring the craft of watchmaking for over a dozen years. He considers himself lucky to live in a golden age of horology, and firmly believes that the most difficult watches to design are the simplest and the most intriguing to discover.