Following the success of Parmigiani Fleurier and Sincere Fine Watches’ first collaboration on the Tonda PF Annual Calendar Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition, the two brands have once again joined forces to announce a second highly exclusive limited edition – the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition. Limited to just 50 pieces, this SHH Edition comes with a “Pacific Blue” guilloché dial – a colour that the House of Parmigiani Fleurier has created exclusively for Sincere Fine Watches.
The Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition pays special attention to craft, complication and streamlined aesthetics. One that doesn’t scream extravagance, but exudes understated excellence. One that is created to satisfy purists looking for a high-end, finespun timepiece. The Tonda PF collection is built around the most iconic in-house movements of the Maison.
The PF logo appears at 12 o’clock, nestled in a vertical, oval, double-edged appliqué with extensive finishings, a harbinger of the level of care put into the collection. The indices of each timepiece are set across two levels of the dial, while the Grain d’Orge guilloché dial pattern is the finest imaginable. Any smaller and it would have become invisible. Any larger, it would have become obvious, therefore defeating the purpose of this line: imperceptible refinement, entire dedication to exclusivity, modern permanence.
Everywhere the eye lands on a Tonda PF, there’s a particular texture, form and detail to be seen and enjoyed. This is not ornament, ostentation or opulence. This is a mature, sartorial approach to watchmaking, where cloth is replaced by metal and weaving by dial pattern. The cutting and fitting of the shoulders and waistline take the form of case and bracelet. Like in a Neapolitan or Sicilian workshop, these are entirely focused on silhouette, fluidity, proportions, and taste. Like any jacket that originates in those institutions of male elegance, the Tonda PF is tailored to withstand the passing of time and trends.
Crafted out of solid platinum 950 for this steel model, one part of the bezel is sleek and polished, while the other has been knurled by hand. Rather than using steel like the rest of the case and bracelet, Parmigiani Fleurier has elected to work with this highly precious metal instead. Not for the sake of exclusivity, but to provide a better, shinier play with light and a more artisanal feeling once polished by hand.
The case band also deserves closer examination. It is not straight, but slightly bassiné, i.e., wider near the bezel and narrower on the wrist. This provides the overall design with a sense of increased slimness. The surface is horizontal-satin-finished all around as is the upper surface of the lugs.
The Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition measures 40 mm and inaugurates a new version of Parmigiani Fleurier’s fundamental movement, the PF703. This ultra-slim, 3 mm thick engine is self-winding thanks to a full platinum micro-rotor. This diminutive oscillating weight is integrated inside the movement’s structure rather than lying on top of it. The gain in height is considerable. This in turn allows the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition to measure a mere 7.8 mm on the wrist, ensuring comfort and elegance.
The “Pacific Blue” colour that adorns the dial of the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition is a shade of blue that was specially created by the Maison and is exclusively reserved for Sincere Fine Watches. As always, Parmigiani Fleurier has drawn its inspiration from a chromatic palette of colours specific to nature, a creative and artistic approach inspired by the work of the legendary architect Le Corbusier and the purist palette of colours advanced by his Architectural Polychromy essay of 1931. The “Pacific Blue” hue is a subtle blend of blues and grey, which bring softness and clarity to the guilloché dial of the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition.
All Tonda PF timepieces speak first and foremost to their owner and wearer. On-point, extensive and meticulously executed details build to a harmonious whole that endows the entire Tonda PF collection with acute contemporary elegance. The overall effect is anything but ornamental, or conspicuous in its pursuit of luxury. Instead, the watch is the incarnation of a cultural savoir-faire that speaks to a very specific customer, one who will recognize its sense of refinement.
As Guido Terreni, CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier remarked, “We have conceived the Tonda PF for the watchmaking purists of tomorrow: an uncompromising group of a select few, seeking personal hedonistic pleasure, who are savvy in watchmaking, appreciate sartorial craft on their timepieces, and have a strong sense of style and refinement.”
This sense of sophistication, refinement and love of detail are values shared by both Parmigiani Fleurier and Sincere Fine Watches.
The 50-piece Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda PF Micro-Rotor Steel Pacific Blue SHH Edition will be available at the SHH Boutique, #B2M-202 of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, with a retail price of SGD$39,980 (including GST).