Parmigiani pares back 2017 Toric to its basic timekeeping elements


Parmigiani Fleurier has added a simple hours, minutes, seconds and date model to its Toric family, which typically houses the maison’s most complicated timepieces.

The 2017 Toric Chronomètre is a contemporary interpretation of the first watch designed by Michel Parmigiani when he created the brand in 1996.

The most recognisable design element is the bezel, which is takes inspiration from the structure of columns used in architecture by the ancient Greeks.

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Mr Parmigiani then added elements inspired by his travels including the spiral construction of a shell, governed by nature’s golden ratio that gives it strength and delicacy.

“When I was little, my father would say to me: ‘If you learn to look, art will reveal itself’, and it has always stayed with me. Art is all around us; it is in nature, in the harmony of its proportions and in the attention paid to each detail. A world of wonders is unveiled to those who know how to look,” Mr Parmigiani says.

The 2017 Toric Chronomètre, housing a PF331 proprietary caliber, has been designed so that the curved white or red gold case and lugs sit more snugly on the wrist. The dials are available in black opaline or a white grained version.

The crown has also been made a more imposing feature, but the watch retains the Toric collection’s signature codes — particularly the original knurled bezel.

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