While not specifically an extension of the new, widely acclaimed Tonda PF collection, the new offerings do enhance the broader Tonda collection by debuting its first fully gem-set models.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Automatic Rose Gold.
Focusing on the watchmaker’s trademark barleycorn-pattern dial, each watch dial on this new model is fully set with diamonds that follow the distinctive lines of the pattern, which really sets this jeweled series apart from other glittering updates we’ve seen recently.
At 36mm by 3.9mm and cased in either rose gold or white gold, the new watches are meant to be a “refined tribute to feminine elegance,” according to Parmigiani Fleurier. The watchmaker explains that its artisans have set more than a thousand high-quality diamonds of varying sizes on the dial, case, and bezel. And unusually, each dial displays gems specifically set to generate light-reflecting sparkle within the signature barleycorn pattern, known as a Grain d’Orge motif.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Automatic White Gold.
The setting process involved highlighting the Grain d’Orge pattern with a diamond “snow” setting that uses diamonds of seven different diameters, set in a very limited space on the finely patterned gold dial, according to Parmigiani Fleurier.
On each dial, you’ll see light reflected and refracted from 979 brilliant-cut diamonds. The bezel and the lugs are also set with an additional seventy brilliant-cut diamonds. The artisans didn’t forget the crown, which is adorned with a cabochon in either blue sapphire on the white gold model, or white opal on the rose gold model.
Inside, Parmigiani Fleurier fits its PF310 caliber that boasts a 50-hour power reserve and an oscillating weight in 22-karat rose gold and is engraved with the same Tonda signature Grain d’Orge guilloche´ pattern. Hermès makes an alligator leather strap for the watches, with a blue strap on the Tonda Automatic White Gold and a brown/grey strap for the Tonda Automatic Rose Gold. Price: CHF 59,000.