The famous Swiss-based manufacturer of luxury timekeepers will soon add a new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Annual Calendar (ref. PFC272-1202400-HA1241) automatic wrist watch to its constantly growing Tonda collection of dressy time measuring devices. Offering a combination of a sophisticated, yet surprisingly easy to read dial, and a laconic, elegantly sculpted body, this new addition to the Tonda line looks like a very interesting choice if those lavishly adorned “grand complication” timekeepers from Breguet are not your cup of cake.
With the new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Annual Calendar Automatic, the Swiss watchmaking brand finally closes the ugly gap in its extensive model range that till now featured a whole gamut of watches with different functionalities (as simple as a three-hander and as highly complicated as a tourbillon,) but lacked a good old annual calendar piece that offered all the necessary information without overloading its owner with such useless data as sidereal time, etc.
To make the new model possible, Parmigiani’s engineers took the well-known double-barrel caliber PF 331 (it is used throughout a better part of Tonda family) and equipped it with their exclusive annual calendar module.
As usual for this type of movements, the caliber is capable of displaying hours, minutes, seconds, as well as current date, day of week, month and, of course, the moonphase.
However, there is a certain twist to this design that makes the watch stand out from the endless line of other timepieces that feature the same functionality.
The “twist” is in the date display that uses a rather uncommon (or, at least, used no so often as the traditional) retrograde hand. After reaching the end of scale, the hand instantly jumps back to position “1” only to start again slowly proceeding towards the end.
By the way, the calendar module, too, works using a not so common logic. Not being able to count leap years, the calendar simply counts each February till 29th and only then jumps to March, 1st. So, you will have to manually correct the calendar three times in four years, which may not be really convenient to some, but is absolutely okay with yours truly.
As many recent watches that feature a moon phase function, this timekeeper uses a high-precision mechanism that requires the display to be corrected only once every 120 years. So, if you don’t plan to live forever, there is a good chance that only your grandson will have to correct it once you set it.
According to PF’s press release, the new Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Annual Calendar watch will be offered in the same 40.00 mm x 11.20 mm body, which is crafted either from 150 PD white gold or 18 carat rose gold.
The dial will also be presented in two versions: a lovely “Yellow silvered graining” and not so impressive “Black barley grain”. Both will feature the signature delta-shaped hour and minute hands with luminous coating and spindle-shaped applied hour markers.
No information regarding MSRP as of yet*.
Build Quality: 5/5
Overall Legibility: 4.5/5
Nighttime Legibility: 4/5
Value for Money: 4.5/5
Overall Rating: 4.5/5
* UPDATE ON PRICING: In the United States, the watch will cost $33,000 USD, which seems fairly competitive compared with other similarly specced timekeepers from major Swiss-based watchmakers.
Photos: Parmigiani Fleurier
Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Annual Calendar (ref. PFC272-1202400-HA1241) automatic watch specification
Price: $33,000 (MSRP)
Movement: Automatic, Caliber PF 339, in-house, Swiss Made
Number of jewels: 32
Movement frequency: 28,800 vph
Movement decoration: Oscillating weight in yellow gold with barleycorn guilloche and brand logo, horizontal Geneva stripes, beveled edges, polished screw-heads
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds, annual calendar (date, moonphase good for 120 years, day of week, month)
Power reserve: 50 hours
Case material: 150 PD white gold or 18 ct rose gold
Bezel material: Matches case
Crown material: Matches case
Case shape: Round
Bezel shape: Round
Case size: 40.00 mm
Case height: 11.20 mm
Lug width: N/A
Dial: Yellow silvered graining / Black barley grain
Hour markers: Applied
Hands: Rose gold, luminous
Water resistance: 30 meters
Strap: Hermes alligator leather strap with 18 ct ardillon buckle, polished finish
Crystal: Sapphire, antireflective
Case back: Sapphire