The Tondagraphe was first introduced in Parmigiani Fleurier’s Haute Horlogerie collection in 2009, and at the time came with two major new features- a grand complication combining a chronograph and a tourbillon at six o’clock, housed in an elegant white gold case, in the Swiss brand’s trademark style. After its tremendous success, Parmigiani Fleurier is reissuing this model in two editions that are limited to ten pieces and is offering a new 2013 version of the Tondagraphe.
The hypnotic beauty of the tourbillon and the technical prowess of the chronograph are combined and the new model has a manufacture calibre which boasts a 72-hour power reserve. The PF 354 comprises 295 components and reflects the superior craftsmanship of the artisans at Parmigiani Fleurier. The aesthetic highlight of this model is the style of the dial which offers a new balance. The bevelling of the two tourbillon bridges alone requires 20 hours of work to achieve the required quality of finish, and the cage takes another 40 hours.
The inclusion of new understated and elegant Parmigiani numerals makes it easy to read, while the two second and minute chronometer counters stand opposite each other in the centre of the dial. At 12 o’clock, the power reserve also boasts this same spirit and echoes the decorations on the tourbillon. The wearer can admire the bevelling of its bridge, and the perlage work on the barrel. True to the same style codes and quality of finish, these functions are showcased by a snailed circular dial, which is both fresh and dynamic.
The Tondagraphe is available in two versions, one with a black dial and the other with a white dial. This model complements the new contemporary faces that Parmigiani Fleurier wishes to bring to Haute Horlogerie.
Parmigiani Fleurier was started in 1996 in the heart of Val-de-Travers. Founder Michel Parmigiani had conceived the brand’s spirit as far back as 1976 through his work restoring watchmaking artefacts and his unrivalled knowledge of the mechanical marvels of the past. In 2006, Parmigiani produced the Bugatti 370, a driving watch based on the Bugatti Veyron supercar, which won the 2006 ‘Watch of the Year Award’ from the Japanese press. Parmigiani carries a men’s line of watches, and a line that caters specifically to women. All Parmigiani Fleurier watches are hand-crafted, taking at least four hundred hours to create; they are created with only precious metals and precious or semi-precious stones. In order to create exclusivity, only a few thousand pieces are produced every year.