Hands-On: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire

The watch’s movement is made of 18K rose gold, which significantly complicates the production process. Everything from milling the plates to finishing the bridges is more difficult than it is with more typical movement material, usually brass or nickel. The machines have to be recalibrated; thus, everything takes longer. In the end, it is worth it, though, as the results are stunning.

This is Parmigiani’s first integrated chronograph, a feat that cannot be underestimated, especially considering many watch companies will never reach this pinnacle. Adding a chronograph module on top of an existing base movement is the most common alternative to an integrated chronograph. This solution, however, adds thickness to the overall movement and — to many watch aficionados — is far less “pure” than building a movement as a chronograph from the start as opposed to adding that function as an afterthought. read more

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