With this newest member of the Tonda collection, Parmigiani Fleurier expands its previously all-steel Tonda Metrographe line. Still a sporty round-cased chronograph, the new model means that the Metrographe collection now includes a dressier rose-gold option, the first precious metal Tonda Metrographe.
Matched with a rich blue dial, this latest model retains the collection’s revamped Metrographe dial layout, which we first saw about two years ago. With that redesign, Parmigiani Fleurier essentially made the three-subdial chronograph a bit more mainstream, though with a few caveats.
The newer design tones down the original model’s prominent figure-eight pattern connecting the two chronograph subdials. This Tonda Metrographe also shows its curved, multi-date window at 12 o’clock rather than within the chronograph hour subdial at 6 o’clock, and now features smaller hour markers and a tachymeter scale.
The newer design also notably replaced a more traditional seconds counter (at 3 o’clock) with two 30-second counters concentrically placed at the right of the dial with seconds indicated by an interesting two-sided seconds hand.
Parmigiani Fleurier maintains the Tonda Metrographe’s 40mm diameter case, curved lugs and oval-shaped pushers, though here for the first time in rose gold. In a design flourish not unexpected at this detail-oriented watchmaking company, the oval pusher shape echoes the shape of the Parmigiani Fleurier logo just below the date window.
Price: $29,500. A steel case Tonda Metrographe with the same blue dial will also be available for $11,900 with black calfskin strap or $12,500 with a steel/titanium bracelet.
Specifications: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe, rose gold
Movement: PF315 automatic movement with chronograph module by Dubois-Dépraz, 42-hour power reserve. Chronograph, time, date functions with 22-karat guilloché gold rotor
Dial: Blue rhodium-plated appliques with luminescent coating, opalin, snailed counters Delta-shaped with luminescent coating, tachymeter scale
Case: 40mm by 11.8mm rose gold with clear sapphire caseback
Bracelet: Hermes blue alligator strap with 18-karat gold pin buckle.