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Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Steel Silver
After unveiling the inaugural members of the Tonda GT Line a few months ago, the luxury marque from the Val-de-Travers has just released a new variant, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Steel Silver and, according to Angus Davies, it is the best version to date. The only potential problem with this limited-edition is that demand is very likely to outstrip supply.
In terms of the Tonda GT, it was initially offered in two variants, the Tonda GT Rose Gold and the Tonda GT Black.
Unsurprisingly, the Tonda GT Black features a black dial. In addition, it includes a big date display and a small seconds indication at 6 o’clock. Housed in a 42mm steel case, the model is available with a choice of matching steel bracelet or contrasting rubber strap. This steel model is limited to just 250 pieces.
The second model to be released at the time of launch was the Tonda GT Rose Gold, sharing the same specification as its steel sibling, but enriched with noble metal. Again the watch is limited, albeit in this instance, to just 150 pieces.
Now the brand has unveiled an additional version of the aforementioned watch, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Steel Silver. Despite incorporating the same elements as the Tonda GT Black, this latest model looks quite different.
The dial of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Steel Silver features a guilloché motif, ‘Clou triangulaire’ and masterfully blends silver and blue tones. It is equipped with openworked Delta-shaped hour and minute hands, executed in vibrant blue PVD. Furthermore, the small seconds hand and luminescent indexes also share the same blue theme. Parmigiani Fleurier has tastefully combined polished and satin-finished surfaces, bestowing the timepiece with a handsome mien.
At the heart of the Swiss firm’s paradigm is an unwavering pursuit of excellence. The brand is known for making incredibly refined movements at its subsidiary and movement specialist, Vaucher. In this instance, the watch is equipped with the Calibre PF044, a self-winding movement. Moreover, the movement is ‘finely finished’ and features Côtes de Genève motif and a 22-carat oscillating weight. The balance has a frequency of 28,800 vph (4Hz) and the movement contains 33 jewels. Assuming the watch is fully wound, the movement will run autonomously for 45 hours.
In my opinion, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda GT Steel Silver looks younger and fresher when compared to the Tonda GT Black, albeit this is a matter of personal opinion. However, there can be no escaping that this model represents excellent value for money, costing CHF 13,500 on a rubber strap and CHF 14,500 on a steel bracelet (RRP as at 16.9.2020). My only criticism is that when a watch offers so much, looks so incredible and delivers such amazing value for money, why limit availability to just 250 pieces?