Parmigiani Fluerier first unveiled the Toric Chronomètre, a contemporary version of the very first wristwatch designed by brand founder and namesake Michel Parmigiani, with a redesigned case and a COSC-certified chronometer movement at SIHH 2017. In time for SIHH 2019, Parmigiani has introduced a new version with red gold case and a guilloché dial.
The Toric Chronomètre is now an entirely new collection within the Parmigiani Fleurier line. Like the original Toric watch, its case, which is available in either white gold, rose or red gold (now), is inspired by Ancient Greek columns; knurling and gadroons embellish the curved contours. At 40.8 mm in diameter and 9.5 mm thick, the case features a large, fluted crown, a non-reflective sapphire crystal, and curved lugs that have been redesigned for greater ergonomic comfort and a more streamlined look.
According to the brand, the decoration of the dial is based on the Golden Ratio. “Within it, you see Fibonacci's spirals, reproducing a harmony that is everywhere in nature,” says Michel Parmigiani of the hand-guilloché dial of the new Toric Chronomètre. The concentric pattern evokes the arrangement of the scales on a pine cone – one of the innumerable examples of the Golden Ratio seen in the natural world.
Hand guilloché is an artisanal technique, of which few manufactures have such a fine mastery, in which the material is engraved to produce a repeating decorative pattern. At 12 o'clock and 6 o'clock respectively, the elliptical Parmigiani Fleurier logo and the word "Chronomètre" used by COSC (Swiss Chronometer Testing Institute) stand out from the dial's decoration. The javelin-shaped hands are semi-openworked, making them even more discreet to complement the subtle minute track around the circumference and the finely proportioned Arabic numerals.
The watch is powered by the COSC-certified PF441 calibre, an in-house movement with an escapement that oscillates at 4 Hz and a power reserve of 55 hours. All of the components have been meticulously decorated to Haute Horlogerie standards. The watch is paired with Hermès alligator leather strap with a red gold buckle. While the pricing of this new watch hasn’t been announced yet, the original from last year was retailed at $18,500.