What defines the modern man’s day? Rhythmical and ordered, it revolves around efficiency and seemingly countless exchanges. Ready for any eventuality, he must be able to count on his timepiece, in terms of both function and design.
Based on this premise, Parmigiani Fleurier has revisited one of the most iconic watches from the Tonda line. The new Métrographe now offers a more dynamic design fuelled by watchmaking references. The signature urban and expressive character has been retained, but new indications such as the tachometer and revisited counter proportions ensure its place amongst traditional chronographs, exuding all the hallmarks of fine craftsmanship so desired by men in their quest for meaning.
The fully polished steel case of 40 mm houses two different colours of dial: a shiny white silver shade and a black oxidised tone, obtained using procedures developed by the Manufacture’s dial-makers. The black dial features a powdered rose gold decal that echoes the hands of the two counters crafted from the same metal, chosen for its warm reflection of light. Meanwhile the white dial is paired with blued hands. The snailed decoration beneath the appliques and inside the counters is achieved using a chasing tool that removes an infinitesimal amount of material. This technique creates a concentric pattern with astriped effect that lends the dial depth.
The dial still features the striking presence of the hour and minute counters, but their proportions have been recalculated to allow the time to be read more directly and effectively. The outer area of the figure of 8 is now formed by a slightly raised section of material, rather than a flat luminescent coating. Volume work and attention to almost imperceptible detail add to the dial’s personality. One such example is the red number “1” on the date, a subtle yet effective touch which Parmigiani Fleurier has reinstated on the Tonda Métrographe. Combined with the chronograph, the tachometer scale calls for high-speed action and adds another dynamic to the design.
Still focusing on the dial, the domed hands add a touch of brilliance. The double hand at 3 o’clock could already be admired on the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire unveiled to mark the 20th anniversary of the watch brand. Whilst still subtle, the addition of blue on some of the hands serves as a reference to traditional watchmaking, while the reworked indices give the piece a resolutely contemporary air.
The Tonda Métrographe is powered by the PF315 self-winding movement with an additional chronograph module. Produced in the Manufacture’s multi-discipline watchmaking centre, the movement features bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève. The piece is available with a choice of two different straps: an elegant and lightweight leather option made by Hermès and a steel version that exudes sport chic.
Given a new injection of style and added vigour, the Tonda Métrographe manages to retain its spirit whilst staying in step with the times.
Total dimensions (mm): 12 ½”’ – Ø 28.0 mm
Thickness (mm): 6.07 mm
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28,800 Vib/h
Power reserve (hours): 42 hours
No. of components: 351
No. of jewels: 46
Small seconds at 3 o’clock
1/4 sec chronograph, large seconds, 30 min and 12 hour counters
Dimensions (mm): Ø 40 mm
Thickness (mm): 11.7 mm
Water resistance (m): 30 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Indices: Rhodium-plated appliques with luminescent coating
Finish: Opaline, snailed counters
Hands: Delta shaped with luminescent coating