Parmigiani’s new Tonda GT has landed and brings with it some sporting looks and a unique design. The watch borrows some of its designs from the Tonda Chronor, a GPHG winning piece which we saw back in 2017. It’s coming in a couple of different formats and is set to stand out from the crowd thanks to its uniqueness, even among other Parmigiani models.
The first model is designed to be a daily beater watch, in theory. The idea of someone beating about a watch from a brand like this is frankly absurd, but nothing is impossible I suppose (except stapling water to a tree). You can either have the three-handed Tonda GT in a daily-friendly stainless steel or a snazzy rose gold case. Either way, the dimensions remain the same at 41mm x 11.2mm and come on a rubber strap as standard. There is also an option for a stainless steel bracelet, though this will take the price up on the model. For a rubber strap with a stainless steel case, you’re looking at CHF 13,500, and you can add an extra grand to that for the bracelet. The rose gold version which comes with a blue dial, and blue rubber strap will cost CHF 24,900. Inside these watches comes the calibre PF044, which has a 4Hz beat rate and a 45-hour power reserve. It comes with elegant decoration as you’d expect, and is on view through a sapphire crystal.
The chronograph version of this watch is being released at the same time. It’s called the Tondagraph GT, and it combines an annual calendar with a chronograph in an ambitious and yet aesthetically pleasing package. The Tondagraph GT is slightly larger than the Tonda GT, measuring in at 42mm x 13.7mm. Unlike the Tonda GT, this watch only comes in stainless steel. We might yet see a rose gold version in the future, so don’t give up on it yet! The elements of this more complicated watch blend together well, aided by the dashes of colour and the hollow hands which don’t obstruct the dial too much. Both the Tondagraph GT and the Tonda GT have a running seconds which appears similar to the pace timers you might see at the local swimming pool; it’s certainly a unique addition. Both of these watches are also 100m water-resistant, so swimming with them certainly isn’t out of the picture.
For the Tondagraph, prices start at CHF 18,500 for the steel on a rubber strap, adding an extra grand again for the steel bracelet. Inside this watch is the calibre PF043, which has a slightly longer power reserve than the PF044 at 48 hours. All watches are limited editions.