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Tondagraph Slate

ON THE NEW TORIC TOURBILLON SLATE , PARMIGIANI FLEURIER INTEGRATES its extra-thin flying tourbillon into the movement ’ s main plate , which helps to maintain the watch ’ s thinness . Parmigiani Fleurier places the tourbillon here at the 7 o ’ clock position as a nod to the brand ’ s founder , Michel Parmigiani , who was born at 7:08 am on December 2nd , 1950 .
That tourbillon , the focus of the brand ’ s ultra-thin PF517 movement , is powered by a platinum micro-rotor . Its bridges have been decorated with côtes de Genève . And while the tourbillon itself is a focus , so is the handcrafted barley grain guilloché pattern on the slate-colored dial .
The Toric collection is possibly Parmigiani Fleurier ’ s most classically styled collection , and this model underscores that history with its rose gold case inspired by Greek Doric columns .
You might recall that the Toric was Michel Parmigiani ’ s first case , which debuted in 1996 when the master watchmaker launched his watch brand following many years restoring watches and clocks .
Parmigiani Fleurier will make the watch , which comes with a Hermès Havana leather strap , as a limited edition of twenty-five pieces . Price : $ 130,000 .
TONDAGRAPH TOURBILLON Parmigiani Fleurier also debuted this Tondagraph Rose Gold Slate as part of its Watches & Wonders 2020 collection . The Tondagraph represents a more contemporary styling within the brand ’ s multi-complication collections , though this model is a bit more classical ( with its rich guilloché dial ) than earlier examples within the collection .
The Tondagraph ’ s teardrop lugs , round case and prominent displays are slightly muted when compared to earlier examples thanks to the addition this year of the rich guilloché dial , which here echoes the watchmaker ’ s now-characteristic slate hue .
The 43mm watch shows its thin tourbillon and prominent bridge at the bottom of the dial while the counter at 3 o ’ clock shows chronograph minutes . Nicely balancing those displays you ’ ll see the small seconds at 9 o ’ clock and the power reserve at the top of the dial .
This display also differs from previous incarnations with its fully skeletonized delta-shaped hour and minute hands and its switch from large Arabic hour markers to more subtle minutes track with two gold appliques at 3 and 9 .
Inside Parmigiani Fleurier ’ s beautifully designed PF354 manually wound mechanical caliber is a treat to view through the clear sapphire caseback . It offers a power reserve of 65 hours . Price : $ 199,000 , with limited production .