Parmigiani Fleurier is famous for sounding like a delicious cheese and for producing some really, really nice watches. Their latest, the Tondagraph and Tonda GT, offer what amounts to a steel dress watch from a manufacturer more associated with tourbillons. That’s a good thing.
From the release:
Three distinct sporty, yet elegant designs will kick off the release of the Tonda GT in polished and satin-finished stainless steel or 18-ct rose gold, embodying Parmigiani’s years of expertise and design ethos following golden ratio parameters. The 42 mm case shape is inspired by the Tonda Chronor watch, which was awarded the Chronograph Watch Prize from the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève in 2017. Parmigiani Fleurier worked with watch designer, Dino Modolo, to reinterpret its design codes, resulting in a reimagined case with updated lugs and an integrated bracelet ergonomically designed for ultimate comfort. Its fluted bezel recalls another Parmigiani Fleurier icon- the Toric collection- and the dials are finished with traditional “clou triangulaire” guilloché. All watches are available on a polished and satin-finished bracelet or on a rubber strap with a motif that recalls the finishing on the dial.
The pricing is pretty scary if you’re not expecting it. The steel on rubber model is $13,500 while the rose gold on a bracelet is a mere $49,500.
Each watch features a big date complication at noon and a thin profile. The chronograph, for example, clocks in at 13.7 mm thick, impressive for a more complex watch. The best part? Shave a little of this watch on your Ceasar salad and you’ve got a nice lunch.