HANDS-ON: Parmigiani Tonda PF Skeleton

As the person responsible for Bvlgari Horlogerie’s technical and commercial success, the move of Guido Terreni to the position of CEO at Parmigiani Fleurier in January 2021 was of particular interest. The watch industry was (and remains) curious about what he might do at a vastly different brand; one that is known for quality, but whose collection direction has been a little difficult for the watch-buying public to get a clear handle on in recent years.

At my meeting with the brand in Geneva, I was told that the mission is to re-frame the band and give it a more clear identity, and that the Tonda launched last year was a (successful) part of the plan.

Among the new pieces for the Tonda PF collection revealed at this year’s Watches & Wonders was the Tonda PF Skeleton.

With a size of 40mm (8.5mm thickness) and water resistance of 100m, the Tonda PF Skeleton comes in either 18 carat pink gold or stainless steel version with the knurled and polished bezel in platinum.

The open worked dial with the skeletonised hands shows off the in-house automatic Calibre PF777 in satin-finished graphite; the finishing is a combination of satin-finished and sand-blasted. It beats at 28,800 VPH and has a 60 hour power reserve. Visible through the open case back, the oscillating weight is 22k rose gold.

The most striking thing about this new model is the bracelet, which really needs to be tried. It is not just about its quality, which is evident. It is exceptionally supple, smooth, and comfortable, even for those who aren’t accustomed to bracelets or simply don’t prefer them. It is the most comfortable bracelet I have put on my wrist so far this year.

The RRP of the Tonda PF Skeleton in steel is CHF 59,000 and for the solid rose gold model, CHF 88,000.



Categories: Hands-on, Parmigiani, Watch Profile, watches, Watches & Wonders Geneva 2022

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