Parmigiani Fleurier’s Toric collection forms part of its ‘Haute Horlogerie’ line of men’s watches. The Toric models are powered by a hand-wound movement that is developed in-house, and contained within a 46mm case. The Toric Quaestor men’s watch is available in a small number of versions of which this is one.
The Toric Quaestor Pegase a minute repeater – that is, at the depressing of a button it will chime the hours and minutes of the time through the use of small bells.
‘Pegase’, of course, refers to the noble steed Pegasus, who is both the main feature and part of, the beautifully hand-engraved openwork black dial. I like that the Pegasus is not overly fussy, but relying on clean lines. It gives the dial a sleek look, which to my mind is more in keeping with his winged mythological status than some sort of overly romanticised depiction. The watch’s hands are javelin-shaped with luminescent coating.
The minute repeater movement is the manually wound Calibre PF349 with a power reserve of 72 hours. The movement itself is 29.30mm with a thickness of 6.55mm, at 21,600 VPH and containing 392 components, with hand-bevelled mainplate and bridges.
The case is polished platinum with anti-reflective sapphire used on the front, and a cased case back with the individual number of the piece, engraved. The Pegase’s strap is black Hermès alligator with an ardillon buckle.
Although 46mm in size, the design of the double levelled bezel, which gives it not only visual interest but also some height differentiation and a less bulky impact, meaning that it feels more like a 44mm sized watch. It’s a modern elegant Pegasus and, of course, there’s the joy of it being a minute repeater.
The Bugatti and Pershing collections also form part of Parmigiani’s ‘Haute Horlogerie’ line, and you can read about two watches from these collections, the Pershing Tourbillon Abyss and The Hour Glass Bugatti Super Sport ADLC.