In 2017, Parmigiani launched the new Toric Chronomètre watch, a modern interpretation of the first watch design designed by Michel Parmigiani. Towards the end of 2018, the brand once again interprets the stunning aesthetics of this iconic watch, launching a watch with a spiral pattern dial decorated with the general pine cone surface.
‘This decoration is too charming because it is designed based on the’ golden ratio ‘. Inside this pattern you can see the Fibonacci spiral curve, which reproduces the harmoniousness that is ubiquitous in nature. This is how Michel Parmigiani describes the hand-engraved pattern on the dial of the new Toric Chronomètre watch. Its concentric pattern is reminiscent of the scale layout on the pine cone-this is one of the countless ‘golden ratios’ in nature.
Manual machine engraving is a manual process. This fine process is only mastered by a few watchmakers, that is, engraving repeated decorative patterns on the material. At 12 o’clock and 6 o’clock, the oval Parmigiani brand logo and the ‘Chronomètre’ (ie precision astronomical watch) used by COSC (SwissChronometer Testing Institute) stands out from the dial decoration.
The javelin-shaped hands are semi-hollowed, which is more refined and restrained, which complements the delicate minute scale around the dial and the harmonious proportion of Arabic numerals.
Case and its unique bezel
The bezel of the Toric watch is its unique personality, and the hand-knurled pattern is quite aesthetically striking. Since the birth of the TORIC series in 1997, the bezel of each piece has been hand-made by the same artisan in LeNoirmont, Jura, Switzerland. The knurling pattern is a rare and unique technique; it mainly involves the control of the material, and the concave pattern on a roller needs to be rolled onto the metal. This process requires the skill and care of a craftsman. He had to calm himself before he could start making knurled patterns, because even the tiniest flaw meant that he had to start from scratch. Each knurled pattern is therefore unique, just like every watch in the TORIC collection.
The red gold case is equipped with a PF441 self-certified core certified by the Swiss Official Astronomical Observatory (COSC). The classic time expression is fully presented: hours, minutes, seconds, and date. All components are carefully decorated to meet the most demanding fine watchmaking standards.
Power reserve: 55 hours
Vibration frequency: 4 Hz — 28,800 vibrations / hour
Dimensions: 11 ½ ” ‘— 25.6 mm diameter
Thickness: 3.7 mm
Number of parts: 192
Number of jewels: 29
Number of barrels: two barrels in series
Decoration: ‘Geneva Ripple’ decoration, chamfered bridge
Shape: ‘Three-segment’ round case
Size: 40.8 mm in diameter
Thickness: 9.5 mm
Material: 18K red gold
Surface modification: polished
Case back: Sapphire
Case back engraved: exclusive number and ‘CHRONOMETRE’
Water resistance: 30 meters
Table mirror: anti-glare sapphire
Color: dark gray
Time scale: Rose gold applied time scale
Surface modification: ‘rice grain’ machine-engraved pattern
Hands: Javelin-shaped hands with luminous coating
Material: Crocodile skin
Type: Pin buckle
Material: Red Gold