Parmigiani Fleurier’s renaissance coincided with the rise of the posh sports activities watch with an built-in bracelet. The model is now introducing its particular imaginative and prescient of this sort of timekeeper: the Tonda PF Sport. An evolution of the Tonda PF, which itself was a direct descendent of the Tonda GT, the Tonda PF Sport is purpose-built for aesthetes slightly than athletes. Certainly, with the brand new assortment, Parmigiani Fleurier might need come proper out and made mild of the concept of correctly purposeful watches from conventional watchmakers.
To start with, there are two watches in play: an automated chronograph (Tonda PF Sport Chronograph) and automated (Tonda PF Sport Computerized). We’ll take a look at the Chronograph first, as what’s new right here is critical, however different components which might be modified (the bezel, for instance) and are frequent to each fashions will probably be highlighted too. The thought behind the Tonda PF Sport Chronograph, specifically, is a problem to the ‘stress of time’ normal that one most steadily encounters in relation to this complication. Take a look at the watch and contemplate absolutely the absence of textual content on the dial; the ‘panda’ model actually pops in consequence, and even the date at 4:30 feels inoffensive.
Chronographs, on the whole, generally tend in the direction of being busy, design-wise, All method of fonts, colors and kinds of arms come collectively in a cacophonic symphony celebrating legibility. Whereas that final sentence was a little bit of a flourish, it too is indicative of what usually goes flawed on this planet of the chronograph. We may have extra to say on this topic within the Autumn difficulty of WOW, the place we dive deep into the enterprise of recording elapsed time, however for now we return to the Tonda PF Sports activities Chronograph.
Parmigiani Fleurier has issued this chronograph in two variants to start with: metal and rose gold, each with textured rubber straps. The 42mm watch is waterproof to 100m, although the thickness of 12.9mm is (theoretically) nonetheless within the realm of informal, relaxed class; the PF070 automated calibre is new and is COSC-certified. For many who assume the guilloche on the dial and the knurled bezel are acquainted to the Tonda PF, you might be appropriate but in addition not. The clous triangular is nearer in spirit to the outgoing Tonda GT (sure, the Tonda Sport marks the curtain name for the Tonda GT), whereas the knurled bezel has extra distinguished ridges than the PF. Within the metal model, the bezel isn’t executed in platinum. Parmigiani Fleurier says there are 160 incisions for the Tonda PF Sports activities slightly than 225 of the Tonda PF. We have now but to the touch and really feel this watch so we’ve got to depart it there, however a future difficulty of WOW (not Autumn this time) will certainly get into particulars like this.
Returning to that motion, the PF070 is new, which you’ll be able to inform from that date window. It does protect many components of earlier Parmigiani Fleurier chronographs, equivalent to a high-beat escapement (5 Hz), column wheel and vertical clutch. Free of the annual calendar within the Tonda GT variant, it’s price noting that the chronograph right here is an built-in affair, not modular. It appears the 315-component calibre is each hand and machine-finished, though a bodily examination will inform us rapidly how elegantly all of it comes collectively. The clous triangular and the knurled bezel ought to likewise be hand-executed, if different traits of the Tonda PF are something to go by.
It ought to go with out saying that Parmigiani Fleurier is making the Tonda PF Sport part of the common assortment, and so it’s restricted solely be manufacturing. The outgoing Tonda GT will seemingly stay obtainable alongside the PF Sport and we look ahead to evaluating the 2 designs. One factor of the Tonda GT that may stay with the Tonda PF Sport is using black SuperLuminova on the ideas of the delta-shaped arms and the appliqués.
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