AUTOMATIC TONDA PF SERENE REFINEMENT
The quest for aesthetic purity is pivotal in the creative process at Parmigiani Fleurier. Given the collection’s subtle and refined spirit, the brand’s first Tonda PF Automatic in two-tone rose gold and steel posed a stylistic challenge. How do you incorporate a contemporary two-tone look without jeopardising the innate discretion of this collection? The solution was to use the precious metal to magnify certain architectural traits of the case and bracelet. For example, the finely knurled bezel of the Tonda PF is recreated in 18ct rose gold, and the supple integrated bracelet features rose gold links that accentuate its tapering profile.
The signature teardrop lugs mark the departure point of the fluid, tapering bracelet. In contrast to the polished stainless steel links at either end of the bracelet, the gold vertical links flanking the horizontal central link display a satin-finished surface. The beauty of these golden links is how they taper in size as they reach the folding clasp. Like gold ribbons streaming from the knurled bezel, the flowing rose gold links accentuate the streamlined silhouette of the bracelet.
The Tonda PF Automatic 36mm mirrors the aesthetics and technical prowess of the larger 40mm in a more compact and versatile case size. Unveiled in 2022, this new unisex diameter catering to more slender wrist sizes received a warm welcome. As the ultimate recognition, the rose gold model with diamond indices was awarded the Women’s Watch Prize at the 2022 edition of the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève.
In a departure from the larger 40mm Tonda PF Micro-Rotor, these more compact 36mm models are not equipped with a date window. With nothing superfluous to hamper the view, the exquisite Grain d’Orge hand-guilloché decoration on the dial and the scintillating baguette-cut diamond hour markers command attention. The dial’s rich, deep ruby colour follows through to the ruby-coloured alligator strap. The two timepieces reveal the versatile nature of the Tonda PF Automatic 36mm that can don a dapper, contemporary two-tone suit or seduce with its warm and luxurious 18ct rose gold case and entrancing deep ruby dial.