The 2019 SIHH will soon be opening its doors, and the watchmakers from Fleurier will be presenting a new version of a watch made by Michel Parmigiani 21 years ago.

In 2017, at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH), Parmigiani launched the Toric Chronometer, a contemporary reinterpretation of the first watch designed by its founder, Michel Parmigiani, in 1997, some 20 years earlier. Now, just a few weeks before the 2019 SIHH, the brand from Fleurier is back with a second version of this emblematic timepiece, the Toric Chronometer Slate.

parmigiani toric chronometre slate closeupYour eyes are first attracted and even hypnotised by the engraved guilloché pattern on the slate-grey dial. The face of the Toric Chronometer Slate is covered with an engraved line called the “grain of rice”, with a concentric pattern made by hand and recalling the scales on a pine cone. Above this surface inspired by the beauty of nature, there are two delicately open-worked, luminous, spear-shaped hands made of red gold to show the hours and minutes on the applied Arabic numerals. A central hand with a crescent-moon counterweight takes care of the seconds. The date appears at 6 o’clock in a large fan-shaped counter. The dial is encircled by a fluted bezel with knurling made by hand using a tool that carves grooves directly into the metal.

parmigiani toric chronometre slate casebackThe various functions are driven by the calibre PF441, an automatic movement with chronometer certification by the COSC. With the help of a double barrel, it supplies the watch with up to 55 hours of power reserve.

This new Parmigiani watch has a 41mm-wide red gold case. It is worn with a Havana-brown alligator-leather strap, equipped with a red-gold tang buckle, and is made in the Hermès workshops.

Price: 24,000 CHF

By Sharmila Bertin