Parmigiani Fleurier introduces the new Tonda Métrographe. An update of their previous self-winding chronograph, the Métrographe is now available in two dial color variations. The watch is quoted as being ‘urban’, ‘modern’ and a fitting accessory for the ‘emasculate’ consumer.
The signature case design and character of the Tonda line has been retained, but new indications such as the tachometer, and revised subdial counters create a pleasant visual update. That said, we struggle to find any significant differentiators or an x-factor in the watch.
True, the watch is almost entirely, if not entirely in-house manufactured. One of the few remaining maisons to manufacture its own dials, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Métrographe features a white silver dial and a black oxidised dial, obtained using procedures developed by the manufacture’s dialmakers. The black dial features a powdered rose gold decal that echoes the hands of the two counters crafted from the same metal, chosen for its warm reflection of light. Meanwhile the white dial is paired with blued hands. With a chasing tool, material is removed in a patterned fashion to create a snailed decoration beneath the appliques and inside the counters.
This technique creates a concentric pattern with a striped surface. As with most chronographs, the dial still features the hour and minute counters, but with a clever displacement of their anatomy. The space created is apparently used to make the main hour and minutes time more legible. That said, an eaten out subdial can be said to completely distort the notion of the tool watch chronograph.
The Metrographe is powered by the PF315 self-winding movement with an additional chronograph module. To be precise, it is a ¼ sec chronograph, which is somewhat more interesting than the regular seconds chronograph, but recall Zenith’s striking 10th…
The movement beats at a 4 Hz frequency and has a power reserve of 42 hours. Produced in the Manufacture’s watch-making centre, the movement features bridges decorated with Côtes de Genève and fair finishing. The piece is available with a choice of two different straps: in leather or bracelet and retails from S$18,950.