Every once in a blue moon, a watch comes along that’s so exquisite, it makes the heart of every watch collector across the land skip a beat. The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate is just such a piece. With its combination of superb functionally and dazzling aesthetics, it’s set to be one of the most coveted pieces of 2020. The makers, Parmigiani Fleurier, have been pitching themselves as a rival to the Big Three (Patek, Vacheron, and Audemars Piguet) for years; finally, with this new addition to their collection, they may just have succeeded. Find out more about Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate with these ten little facts.
1. The Brand
If you live outside of Switzerland, Parmigiani Fleurier is probably a name you’re vaguely aware of, without really knowing why. Which is understandable. Unlike a lot of other high-end brands, Parmigiani Fleurier does very little to widen its appeal to the broader market. They don’t engage in celebrity endorsements, they don’t budge an inch on the classical elegance and refinement of their products (even when the market’s swung in a different direction entirely), and, as Hodinkee notes, their pieces are, to put it mildly, expensive. Like, really, really expensive. If you manage to find a Parmigiani Fleurier watch with anything less than a 6-figure price tag, it’s probably not real. In Switzerland, however, it’s another story entirely. Over the last thirty years, these Haute Horlogerie watchmakers have become the crème de la crème of the watch world, and are widely considered the last word in desirability for anyone with an ounce of good taste and a considerable salary.
2. The Collection
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate is part of the Tondagraphe collection, a series of exceptional, high-end pieces that first hit the market in 2009. Since the collection’s launch, Parmigiani Fleurier has released various editions of the piece, centered on both the one-minute tourbillon and the chronograph. The Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate is the latest and most exclusive to date.
3. The Power
If you’re used to watches with an average power reserve of 40-42 hours (which is pretty much the gold standard these days), prepare to be amazed by the Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate. The PF354 movement, which is produced entirely in-house and contains a whopping 295 components, offers the frankly staggering power reserve of 72 hours.
4. The Price
If you want to get your hands on the Tonda Tondagraphe, you’d better start saving. As you’d expect of one of the world’s most respected watchmakers, Parmigiani Fleurier doesn’t do things on the cheap – and it expects the same of its customers. For the privilege of adding the Tonda Tondagraphe to your collection, expect to part with around 199’000 CHF (by today’s exchange rate, that equates to a jaw-dropping $200,000 USD). Time to consider that second mortgage, then.
5. The Look
Key to the exceptional appearance of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate is the divinely elegant color scheme. Slate grey and rose gold is a color combination Parmigiani Fleurier has become almost synonymous with, but never before has it worked quite so well as it does here. The slate dial with its intricate detailing and guilloché grain-de-riz pattern contrasts beautifully with the warm gold of the case, creating an aesthetic that looks every bit as expensive as the $200,000 price tag.
6. The Bracelet
If you’re still struggling to get past the astronomical price of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate, just consider who’s made the bracelet – none other than luxury French manufacturer, Hermes. As anyone who’s ever flicked the pages of Vogue will tell you, Hermes has pedigree, and pedigree doesn’t come for cheap… and just one look at the exceptional Havana alligator strap with its glowing rose gold pin buckle will tell you why.
7. The Size
If you like a watch with heft, you’re going to love the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate… although if your wrist is on the weaker side, you might find the sizable 43 mm diameter case a little on the chunky side.
8. The Water Resistance
If you forget to take your watch off before taking a dip or suddenly find yourself caught in an unexpected rain shower, don’t worry. Providing that watch is the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate, it’ll survive the experience intact thanks to its 10-meter water resistance.
9. The Golden Ratio
Parmigiani Fleurier has an obsession with math… or at least, with what it refers to as ‘the Golden Ratio’. As Robb Report writes, the golden ratio is a mathematical proportion, equal approximately to 1 to 1.618, that’s believed to produce the most desirable shape possible. The brand has been employing the ratio ever since it released the Kalpa Hebdomadaire in 1999. The Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate is based on the same magical proportions, something that for the brand’s founder, Michel Parmigiani, is the reason for its exquisite aesthetics. “The decoration of the slate-colored dial is so captivating because it is based on the golden ratio,” he says. “Within it, you see Fibonacci’s spirals, reproducing a harmony that is everywhere in nature.”
10. The Specs
If you like what you’ve read about the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Tondagraphe Rose Gold Slate so far, but need a little more detail about the spec before losing your heart to it completely, then here, courtesy of the Parmigiani Fleurier official website, you have it.
Movement: CALIBRE: PF354. WINDING: Manual. TOTAL DIMENSIONS: 13 ¼‘’’– 29.9 mm. THICKNESS: 7.6 mm. FREQUENCY:3 Hz – 21’600 A/h. POWER-RESERVE: 65 hours. NB OF COMPONENTS:298. NB OF JEWELS:29. Functions: Hours, minutes, Small second, Tourbillon, Chronograph, Power reserve: Dial: COLOUR: Slate. INDEX: Rose gold plated appliques. FINISHING: “Guilloché Grain de riz”. HANDS: Skeleton Delta-shaped. Case: DIMENSIONS: 43.00 mm. THICKNESS: 13.4 mm. MATERIAL: 18ct rose gold. WATER-RESISTANCE: 30 m. BACK: Sapphire. GLASS: Anti-reflective sapphire. Bracelet: BRAND: Hermès. MATERIAL: Alligator. COLOR: Havana. Buckle: TYPE: Pin buckle. MATERIAL: 18ct rose gold.