Earlier this week at the debut Watches & Wonders Miami, the under-the-radar-watch-manufacturer Parmigiani Fleurier appeared its new Tonda Annual Calendar. An unpretentious yet slick advancement of the Tonda Quator, dispatched by the brand in 2011, the new Tonda Annual Calendar matches a complex mechanical development with an alluring and simple to understand show, introducing a suitable option in contrast to the more standard brands. We were adequately fortunate to get a see of the watch before its official dispatch and it didn’t disappoint.
I don’t think about you, however I love the Annual Calendar complication . Indeed, it’s not as useful (or as cool) as an interminable calendar, but on the other hand it’s not even close as costly. In addition, I very glance at my watch to check the date thus realizing I just need to address it once per year rather than multiple times is a quite enormous selling point for me. To really sweeten the deal, the Parmigiani Tonda Annual Calendar is aligned for 29 days in February, which implies each jump year, you don’t need to stress over changing it at all.
Presented in a 40mm round case made from your decision of 18ct rose gold with a white grained dial or white gold with a dark opaline dial, the Tonda Annual Calendar rides the line between rich dress watch and regular wear. It’s commonsense and practical, yet refined and modern simultaneously. From the outset, you may confuse it with the previous Tonda Quator, however look nearer and you will see the brand has rolled out a few unpretentious improvements to the watch to further upgrade its esthetic allure as well as its legibility.
For a beginning, the bezel has been made more slender to make more space for the dial, considering the moment track to be moved to the external fringe as a part ring. Already, it showed up in the internal piece of the dial and was hindered at a few focuses by the Annual Calendar markers. In addition to the fact that this allows for a more exact perusing of the exact time, however it additionally glances cleaner as I would like to think. The delta-formed hands, covered with glowing material, are likewise slimmer and more lengthened than past renditions, while as yet keeping a feeling of extent with the remainder of the dial.
Likewise, the Annual Calendar pointers have been made somewhat more modest and simpler to peruse, with the times of the week showing up on the sub-dial at 9 o’clock and the months on the sub-dial at 3 o’clock, both demonstrated by blued hands. The months are presently appeared in a more exemplary curtailed structure, though beforehand they were recorded as numbers from 1 – 12. Arcing around the top portion of the dial is the retrograde date show, with the current date demonstrated by blued hand with a red sickle tip. I don’t cherish the way that a portion of the quantities of the date are darkened behind the annual day and month sub-dials, however I comprehend why the plan must be like this and I believe it’s an advantageous compromise, which doesn’t degrade a lot from by and large legibility.
At 6 o’clock the eye is attracted to Parmigiani’s accuracy moon stage, which addresses the age of the moon in both the northern and southern sides of the equator. Equipped for compensating for the contrast between an exemplary lunar cycle (29 days and 12 hours) and the genuine lunar cycle (29 days, 12 hours, 44 minutes and 2.8 seconds), it just requires adjusting once like clockwork. Accepting that it’s continued running that whole time obviously. Set against a dazzling aventurine glass sky complete with sparkling stars, the moon plates and encompassing showcase are cut from strong rose gold.
Turning the watch more than, a sapphire caseback offers a decent perspective on the programmed type PF339 inside. In view of the maker’s PF331 programmed development, it includes an extra Retorgrade Annual Calendar module with exactness moon stage. Stunningly slim at simply 5.5mm, it’s outfitted with an arrangement mounted twofold barrel and offers as long as 50 hours of force hold. Created from 359 components, it has been done to the exclusive expectation we’ve come to anticipate from Parmigiani, incorporating hand-slanted extensions with Côtes de Genève beautification. The wavering weight is in strong rose gold and is decorated with an appealing guilloché grain motif.
On the wrist, the Tonda Annual Calendar is comfortable and appealing, and I could envision myself wearing it in an assortment of circumstances, which is a significant thought for any significant watch buy. Parmigiani hasn’t gave an official case stature in the public statement, yet the Tonda Quator was 11.2mm thick and this looks and feels fundamentally the same as (if not the equivalent). It’s not thin by dress watch guidelines yet it’s absolutely not massive either and I truly love those unmistakable ‘tear-drop’ formed bended lugs.
Presented on a dark crocodile lash made by Hermès, the new Parmigiani Tonda Annual Calendar is 30m water safe and is accessible in either white or rose gold for CHF 29,600. More on www.parmigiani.com .