I’m Enchanted With Parmigiani Fleurier’s Perfect Travel Watch

EditorsMar 28, 2023

I’m Enchanted With Parmigiani Fleurier’s Perfect Travel Watch

At Watches & Wonders, the Swiss brand unveiled a follow-up to last year’s Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante.

20230328_Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante header.jpg
Unlike the average GMT watch, Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante showcases two time zones via two superimposed hour hands that can be brought together to display one when not traveling.
For a newbie to the world of watches, an abundance of complications can seem rather, well, overcomplicated. A timepiece’s many bells and whistles may be technically impressive yet superfluous to the user looking for simplicity.

Reporting live from my first Watches & Wonders Geneva (what a place to dip one’s bangled wrist for a horology beginner!). I’ve already come across a timepiece with an elegant functionality that is more convenient than a glance at my iPhone.

It’s the Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante by Parmigiani Fluerier, the Swiss watch brand that is a mere 27 years old founded by Michele Parmigiani, an architect-turned-timepiece restorer and watchmaker.

Rattrapante is a French term essentially meaning “to catch up.” A complication that’s been around since the 19th century, rattrapante is a chronograph movement, a.k.a. a stopwatch function, with an additional seconds hand that allows for measuring multiple time intervals.

20230328_Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante.jpg
The Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante ($65,500)

Parmigiani Fluerier’s Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante, launched in 2022, made the complication a bit more practical. Rather than recording, say, the time of two races, as the rattrapante was originally intended, the Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante is equipped with two hour hands superimposed one over the other.

Typically, the hour hands move as one unit. It’s only when the user sets one hour hand to their home time and the other to their time zone during travel that two are revealed.

This year’s addition to the Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante is an 18-karat rose gold version compared to 2022’s steel. Its rose gold case, bracelet, and hour markers are accented with a navy blue hand guilloché patterned dial Parmigiani Fleurier calls its “Milano blue” shade.

The rose gold hour and minute hands indicate travel time, while the rhodium-plated gold hour hand shows the home time.

The mixed metal hands make for an easy time check, both locally and at home, at a glance, via the most simple display possible. It’s far more legible than many watches that display multiple time zones, or traditional GMT watches with their busy bezels, and even easier than referencing the Clock app on my iPhone, because yes, I’m undeniably new school when it comes to my rather poor timekeeping skills.

Those well-versed in the world of Parmigiani Fleurier may be less interested in the new rose gold edition of the Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante and more excited about the new Tonda PF Minute Rattrapante.

20230328_Tonda PF Minute Rattrapante.jpg
The new Tonda PF Minute Rattrapante ($30,600)

In this edition, the complication activates two minute hands—rather than two hour hands—allowing the user to set a timer for cooking or a presentation, etc. The pusher at 8 o’clock moves the hand by five-minute intervals, while the pusher at 10 o’clock moves it by one minute.

The third pusher on the crown returns the hand to its hidden position behind the other minute hand.

It features the same “grain d’orge” hand-guillochéd pattern as the Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante, but in stainless steel. The polished and satin-finished stainlees steel bracelet and case are accented with a platinum bezel. 

Like the new Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante, the Tonda PF Minute Rattrapante measures 40mm in case diameter. A sapphire case back reveals the movement within.

This year, the Tonda PF Split Seconds Chronograph, or Tonda PF Chronograph Rattrapante, is available in rose gold case and bracelet with a platinum dial.

20230328_Tonda PF Split Seconds Chronograph.jpg
The Tonda PF Split Seconds Chronograph in rose gold with platinum dial ($169,100)

The 42mm timepiece uses the rattrapante feature to time seconds to tenth-of-a-second precision, the brand said. In addition to the chronograph feature, the dial shows tachymeter and pulsometer scales.

In addition to the rose gold bracelet, the Tonda PF Split Seconds Chronograph comes with an interchangeable brown alligator strap.

Parmigiani Fleurier also introduced its edition of three “Cultural Calendars Trilogy Sets,” containing three platinum timepieces with three different calendars: Gregorian, Islamic, and Chinese.

20230328_Tonda PF Xiali Calendar.jpg
The Tonda PF Xiali Calendar timepiece ($65,300) is one of three platinum timepieces in the Cultural Calendars Trilogy Set. Parmigiani Fleurier called the Chinese calendar, which combines solar and lunar calendars, in addition to an agricultural calendar dividing the year into 24 parts, “highly complex.”

CEO Guido Terreni explained, “Calendars are the mirrors of civilizations. They represent for Parmigiani a mark of multicultural respect, insofar as we want to translate the particularities of a society by creating a watch that integrates all the information allowing us to understand its organization and its history.”

Finally, the brand expressed its signature love for platinum with new editions of the Tonda PF Micro-Rotor and Tonda PF Tourbillion executed in the metal.

The Tonda PF Micro-Rotor ($92,800) has a seamless, monochromatic look with its platinum sandblasted dial and polished and satin-finished platinum case and bracelet. It is powered by a thin 3mm self-winding movement with platinum micro-rotor, the Calibre PF703.

20230328_Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon.jpg
The Tonda PF Flying Tourbillon ($163,700) is now available in platinum.

The Tonda PF Tourbillon differs with its Milano blue dial. It is powered by the PF517 automatic winding manufacture movement with flying tourbillon and platinum micro-rotor. 

 Related stories will be right here … 

The Latest

Exterior of the Colorado Convention Center
Events & AwardsJun 05, 2023
HardRock Summit Organizers Gear Up for Third Annual Show

More than 250 gem, jewelry, and mineral companies are expected to exhibit, including the American Gem Trade Association.

Alexandra Rosier gold and opal Eternal Love Hands necklace
TrendsJun 02, 2023
Take a Peek at Couture’s Newest Design Talents

This year’s Design Atelier is full of gems.

Saboo Fine Jewels emerald and titanium earrings
CollectionsJun 02, 2023
Piece of the Week: Saboo Fine Jewels’ Emerald Earrings

They’re a testament to the power of excellent design.

Brought to you by
The Next Step for GIA Diamond Reports

The most trusted diamond report, available in print or the GIA App.

Holly Wesche, Stan Razny, Ingrid Razny, Candy Udell
IndependentsJun 02, 2023
These Are the 2023 Retailer Hall of Fame Inductees

This year’s honorees include one of Florida’s largest independent jewelers and two multi-store independents in the Chicago and New York areas.

Weekly QuizJun 02, 2023
This Week’s Quiz
Test your jewelry news knowledge with this short test.
Take the Quiz
Jane Taylor letter pendants
TrendsJun 01, 2023
See 50+ Jewels Debuting at Couture in Las Vegas

The industry’s most influential contemporary designers are showcasing their latest jewelry designs.

35-carat lab-grown diamond created by Maitri
Lab-GrownJun 01, 2023
35-Carat Lab-Grown Diamond Going on Display in Vegas

Created by Maitri Lab-Grown Diamonds and graded by IGI, it’s slightly bigger than the record-setting lab-grown diamond GIA just examined.

Brought to you by
Beyond Borders: Crucial Factors in Colored Stone Origin Determination

Navigate origin determination with Continuing Education seminars offered by the GIA Alumni Collective™.

Bottom Line Marketing Chief Growth Officer Gus Garcia and CEO Jackie Brooks
MajorsJun 01, 2023
Bottom Line Marketing Announces Restructured Leadership, New Service Offerings

The marketing agency has integrated its first C-suite.

Events & AwardsJun 01, 2023
Meet JCK’s 2023 Keynote Speaker

The jewelry trade show also will debut educational content centered around social media.

Lauren K gold and gemstone rings
TrendsMay 31, 2023
Here’s a Sneak Peek of New Jewelry to Check Out at JCK

Luxury kicks off today, with the full show in swing on Friday.

A pearl pendant and a pearl ring
CollectionsMay 31, 2023
Verragio’s Debut Fine Jewelry Collections Honor Company Heritage

One of the three new collections was inspired by the legend of a woman who traded her mansion to Cartier for two strands of natural pearls.

Rob Ballew
MajorsMay 31, 2023
Signet Jewelers Names New Head of Investor Relations

Rob Ballew will be tasked with communicating the jewelry giant’s plans and financial performance to investors.

Mobile mock-up screens of the new LUX Digital Vault app from Jewelers Mutual Group
MajorsMay 31, 2023
Jewelers Mutual Launches App for Retailers, Introduces New Brokerage

With the app, customers receive a 15-day insurance offer on new purchases while their coverage needs are being evaluated.

Rendering of Lightbox lab-grown diamond store in House of Showfields
Lab-GrownMay 30, 2023
Lightbox Is Testing Out a Trendy Concept Shop in Brooklyn

It is in House of Showfields, a bazaar-style retail space in the borough’s Williamsburg neighborhood.

Attendees at the JCK Las Vegas show
Events & AwardsMay 30, 2023
These Are the Can’t-Miss JCK Talks Education Sessions

From consumer trends to retail technology, these are the JCK Talks sessions that should be on attendees’ radar.

Constance “Connie” Barber Mellon’s David Webb Elephant Clip-Brooch
AuctionsMay 30, 2023
Sotheby’s to Auction Mellon Family Jewelry

Signature pieces from Cartier and David Webb will appear in the June jewelry auction.

Georgie Gleim, Shelly Sergent, and Molly Peterson
Events & AwardsMay 30, 2023
24 Karat Club of Southern California Recognizes 3 Honorees

They will be celebrated at the annual dinner dance and gala in the fall.

Historic and modern photos of diamond grading GIA
GradingMay 26, 2023
State of the Diamond Industry: AI and the Future of Diamond Grading

Gemologists have long used machines in diamond grading but technology has made it possible for them to “learn” how to do it on their own.

Supplier Spotlight Webinar John Pollard and Garry Holloway
Recorded WebinarsMay 26, 2023
Watch: Diamond Cut Quality: The Final Frontier Part 2

Supplier Spotlight Sponsored by IGI

My Next Question webinar series episode on selling lab-grown diamonds
Recorded WebinarsMay 26, 2023
Natural and Lab-Grown Diamonds: What It’s Like to Sell Both

Watch retailers Jeffery Bolling and Bobby Bengivengo discuss employee training, customer education and the sticky subject of future value.

Models wearing Calvin Klein watches and jewelry
FinancialsMay 26, 2023
Movado Sales Slip in Q1 Amid Inflation Woes, Tough Comps

The company has plans to revamp the Movado brand and offer less expensive watches this year.

Bulgari necklace set with 118.35-carat unheated Sri Lankan sapphire
AuctionsMay 26, 2023
Piece of the Week: A Bulgari Sapphire and Diamond Necklace

Set with a 118-carat unheated Sri Lankan sapphire, it just sold for $3.4 million at Phillips jewelry auction in Hong Kong.

Supplier BulletinMay 25, 2023
RAE Fine Jewelry Collection Debuting at JCK Luxury 2023

Sponsored by Noam Carver

Graphic of phishing scheme
TechnologyMay 25, 2023
State of Retail: Why Jewelers Need to Invest in Cybersecurity Now

As cybercrime incidents threaten the industry, jewelers need to know what they’re up against and the best ways to protect their businesses.

Louis Anthony Jewelers remodeled exterior
IndependentsMay 25, 2023
Louis Anthony Jewelers Is Remodeling and Expanding

The Pittsburgh jeweler is redoing the lighting and showcases, and adding a full hospitality bar as well as new shop-in-shops.

Yurman Family Crystalline Pass at American Museum of Natural History in New York City
SourcingMay 25, 2023
David Yurman Unveils Quartz Exhibition at AMNH

The Yurman Family Crystalline Pass is inside the museum’s brand-new Richard Gilder Center.


This site uses cookies to give you the best online experience. By continuing to use & browse this site, we assume you agree to our Privacy Policy