If you read Monochrome consistently, you should realize that the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 is a top choice of our own . Reasons are basic: it is a brilliant watch, with an extraordinary plan, both exquisite and marginally unique (it separates from the majority of dress watches, without being excessively unique) and it includes an incredible, specialized and hand-completed development. For this 2017 version of the SIHH, the brand comes with an incredible blessing: the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950, presently in steel (useful for the wallet), still with a similar miniature rotor development and its excellent improvement (useful for novices) and with a couple of updates. Overview.
As said, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 is an extraordinary watch. It combines the class of a dress watch, with its 39mm case, a 7.97mm profile (adequately thin to be worn with a suit, not very thin either to keep a decent wrist presence), a plan that can be amazingly unpretentious from the outset yet with incredible subtleties that makes it extraordinary (see the water-drop carries) and smooth dials, with many shading alternatives. Add to that the type PF701, a miniature rotor, super slim development created in-house by sister company Vaucher, with a totally wonderful hand-finish and you’ll have one of the best dress watches accessible available. We love that watch, basic as that. In any case, there’s one issue. To the special case of a couple of restricted releases with shooting star dial and titanium case, the Tonda 1950 was just accessible in gold (white or pink) at a cost beginning at 15,000 Euro. It flies under the radar when worn, yet not under your banker’s radar when you need to pay for it. Parmigiani realizes that the market is not the best nowadays and will offer the Tonda 1950 now in steel, with two dial alternatives – and for a significantly more open price.
Well, essentially, what you could take a gander at is a steel adaptation of a current watch. Indeed, it imparts 90% of its DNA to the current gold models. The general shape is the equivalent (smooth focal case with signature water-drop carries), the presentation is the equivalent (two hands + little second) and the dial looks exceptionally close. Besides, and that is the most awesome aspect all news, the development is by and large equivalent to the gold models, and not just as far as determinations (it’s even improved…), yet in addition as far as wrapping up. In this manner, you’ll have a genuine haute horlogerie motor in an open steel case. Incredible arrangement. Yet, Parmigiani needed to marginally separate the steel adaptation from the gold versions, with a couple updates.
First of all, the case is 1mm bigger, with now a 40mm measurement, and marginally thicker (8.2mm versus 7.97mm – so to say, nothing). Being created in steel, it will be very impervious to an every day wear and furthermore lighter – some favor the heaviness of gold, some the softness of steel… Compared to the Tonda 39mm, the carries appear to be somewhat changed. They actually utilize the mark drop shape however show up marginally curved and more limited, to compensate the expansion of breadth. On the wrist, the watch hold an extremely limited look – for our pleasure.
The dial is additionally extraordinary, again to make the distinction with the gold models. The Tonda 1950 Steel is accessible with a dark or silver-hued dial, which includes an outer moment track, with a comparable track on the seconds counter – something that was missing of the clean, practically bare gold versions. It adds a touch of easygoing quality to the very dressy and unbending dial of the Tonda. Likewise, while the gold releases have a grained/paper-feel finish for the dials, this steel renditions are more prone to have a traditional opaline completion – once more, not a problem and it permits to offer a more available watch. The hands are a similar Alpha-molded as the gold versions of the Tonda, made in cleaned steel with white glowing material.
Finally, the development. These new steel renditions of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 come with the type PF702. The Gold releases have the type PF701. With my journalist’s eyes, I can’t detect any distinction. The state of the scaffolds, the etching on the miniature rotor, the situation of the specialized components, the variable-inactivity balance wheel or the completing of the parts appear to be the equivalent to me. All things considered, Parmigiani reports that the PF702 development of the steel adaptations have 48h of force save (versus 42h for the gold renditions). It implies an update of the heart or less energy utilization. What’s more, that is again extraordinary information. For the rest, the development is a delight for the eyes, with hand-finishings all around – cleaned chamfers, roundabout graining on the principle plate, Geneva stripes, cleaned sinks and screws… Undoubtedly pleasant.
Now comes the last sledge stroke… The cost of these Steel Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950. All things considered, you will actually want to get them (white or dark) for 8,950 Euros (retail cost). With a development of this family, it’s a deal, accept us. parmigiani.com .
Specifications of the Steel Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950
- Case: 40mm width x 8.2mm tallness – tempered steel, cleaned – sapphire precious stone on the two sides – 30m water resistance
- Movement: Caliber PF702, in-house – programmed by means of miniature rotor – 2.6mm thick – 3Hz recurrence – 48 hours power save – hours, minutes, little second
- Strap: gator calfskin with steel collapsing buckle