INTRODUCING: Parmigiani Fleurier Two-Toned Tonda PF Automatic 36mm
Parmigiani Fleurier finally releases the two-toned Tonda PF we’ve all been waiting for, and we are here for it.
If Brunello Cucinelli is this decade’s quiet luxury fashion brand, Parmigiani Fleurier is its horological equivalent. After several tumultuous leadership changes, the brand finally found its perfect fit in Guido Terreni. Playing to its strengths, Terreni has really brought Michel Parmigiani’s vision to life. He’s slimmed down product numbers, shed a lot of excess weight on the brand, and allowed its refined and urbane aesthetics to shine through. There are careful details, but none that disrupt or overwhelm the harmony of the watch.
More importantly, Terreni has more or less unified the men’s or women’s collections, distinguishing between masculinity or femininity through materials or details but essentially allowing buyers to express themselves freely through the Parmigiani watches they choose to wear. Take the Tonda Automatic that’s fully gem-set in white gold – it’s a watch that anyone could wear at any time – it’s just loud enough to draw attention and subtle enough that it might not be noticed.
Which brings us to the latest Tonda PF Automatic watches Parmigiani has introduced this season. The Tonda PF is the brand’s luxury sports watch, and the three-hand models come in 36 and 40mm sizes. Until now, they have been housed in monochromatic metals, a warm rose gold, platinum, or steel and platinum. Now, it’s finally released its first two-toned model, a steel and rose gold edition in the small case size, and it is, in a word, sublime.
On the dial, the brand’s iconic grain d’orge guilloché pattern is engraved on what it terms a ‘sanded grey’ dial – the grey-brown hue is a celebration of neutrals and complements the rose gold details perfectly, from the brand’s logo to the faceted short indexes and skeleton hands. The dateless display is encircled by a slim fluted bezel in gold, with a matching crown. But it is really in the bracelet where this watch’s fine balance is demonstrated.
The five-link bracelet joins the end lugs with a sharp edge, with steel and gold elements that alternate. The steel middle link is the widest and curved, with slim gold links that are joined in between, therefore creating a three-dimensional difference between the tapered bracelet that’s beautiful to look at. It’s important to note that this isn’t a new bracelet, but somehow, the use of a different metal adds new dimensionality to it. The addition of varying finishes on the bracelet further emphasises this beauty.
There’s also a new full rose gold model with a ruby dial and diamond indexes, which is a fresh take on last year’s release. But the steel and rose gold Tonda PF Automatic steals the show. This is the luxury sports watch everyone should own or, at the very least, try on and appreciate.
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