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Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On

Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 has been around for just under a decade, and this year the brand gave this watch a subtle but visually significant dial refresh. The Tonda (“round” in Italian) line is Parmigiani’s broadest, as it basically encompasses all of the round-cased watches that aren’t in the Toric collection (which themselves are easily identified by the hand-knurling on their cases). Named after the year Michael Parmigiani was born, the Tonda 1950 is the quintessential Parmigiani Fleurier dress watch, and the new version is a welcome update with new hands, brand insignia, and dial touches. 

Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The most immediate change comes to those “Delta-style” hands that are now skeletonized and have lost the lume. These new hands reveal the dial below and look absolutely fantastic on the rose-gold with slate-gray dial I handled, though there are two more variations of this specific dial update with a blue and a light cream dial. I say “this specific dial update” because these new hands have only arrived on these precious steel versions. The skeletonized hands aren’t available in the steel version, and it’s very possible they may never be. 

Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

There are, however, two steel Tonda 1950 versions in either the slate gray and blue dial that have these refreshed dials, with the notable exception of the skeletonized hands. Note that the steel version is slightly bigger, at 40mm-wide and 8.2mm-thick. The 40mm Tonda 1950 uses the PF702, as opposed to the PF701, the latter of which boasts a precious metal micro-rotor.

Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Back to the watch at hand. So, what’s new besides the hands? Well, the Parmigiani Fleurier text is bigger and loses the oval around it. You’ll notice the addition of a dial circle that is reminiscent of the Hermès Slim d’Hermès dial (which makes sense, as Hermès is a part owner of Manufacture Fleurier). It adds some layering and dimension to the dial, as the outermost part recesses to the center of the dial, and the seconds sub-dial at 6 o’clock recesses further. 

Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

The seconds sub-dial gets an update as well, with Arabic numerals for 15-, 30-, 45-, and 60-second indications. It’s a small change, but it definitely lends a subtle bit of contemporary style and design to the overall dial aesthetic. 

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And that’s about it as far as dial changes to the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 collection go. The new hands look amazing, and I hope we see more of this bigger new logo-style, sans oval, on other pieces from the brand. 

Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

What’s unchanged is the 39mm-wide case (with those immediately recognizable teardrop lugs) that sits just 8mm-thick on the wrist. Turning the case around still reveals that in-house PF701 manufacture movement with its hand finishings and, of course, that stealthily decadent platinum micro-rotor. The in-house PF701 movement operates at 21,600vph and has a 42-hour power reserve. 

Finally, the watch comes on an Hermès Havana alligator strap with a rose-gold clasp.

Updated Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 Watch Hands-On Hands-On

As previously mentioned, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda 1950 with new dial and skeletonized hands is only available in a rose-gold case version — so far, at least. The steel version without the new handset is priced at 11,900 CHF. However, the new Tonda 1950 you see here and discussed in this article is priced at 19,500 CHF, which reflects a relatively small 800 CHF premium over the version with the older dial. You can learn more at parmigiani.com.

 

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  • I much prefer the older version with the lumed hands. One of the best characteristics of Parmigiani for me have always been the easy to read bold hands (especially for a dress watch).

    • Bilal Khan

      You’re not alone, and I’m fairly certain that’s why they’re not replacing the older version with the lumed hands but rather supplementing the collection with these refreshed dial models. Agreed with the easy to read hands, but the decision to use anti-reflective coating on a dress watch is a really smart move from Parmigiani that a lot of other brands can take a lesson from. We took this Tonda outdoors during Couture in Las Vegas while the sun was shining down on us and I could easily and legibly read the hands without any glare.

  • SuperStrapper

    Nobody:

    Watch nerds:
    LMAO PARMESAN CHEESE AMIRITE!?!?!

    I agree the skeletonized hands do look great. I prefer the older oval logo though, the text alone cheapens it some. I still think this should be a centre seconds watch, regardless of sub dial update. But what do I know.

    • Gokart Mozart

      Agree about the logo but not the centre seconds.

      Personally I would buy a second hand toric

  • Charlie Sherlock

    A very underrated brand. Beautiful watch.

  • Agnar Sidhu

    An absolutely beautiful piece. Close to the perfect dress watch:)

  • Pedro Lambareiro

    The in-house PF701 movement operates at 21,600vph and has a 42-hour power reserve.

    The pre-quartz era just called: they want their power reserve standards back.

  • iwantswtortobegood

    definitely an improvement, I never liked the oval logo

  • denisd

    Good quality and design with a competent pricing, but the wow factor remains elusive (for me). Prince Charles wears a Parmigiani.

    • Raymond Wilkie

      Well spotted https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/c74fc01c1b7150dbedd80c8e91763fd7776f621a5bfd08c8fe4c8468d13a4b88.jpg © Max Mumby/Indigo/Getty Images
      He has also in the past been seen wearing a bi-metal Cartier Santos, a yellow-gold Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso and a Hamilton RAF Pilot’s Chronograph.

      • Gokart Mozart

        The Parmigiani is the best of those watches.

        Even better (for him at least) is that he is wearing a toric chrono, which is very very nice watch especially if it is an early toric with the Javelin hands and the gold hand guilloched dial.

  • dr3

    I find the white text very jarring here. Also I think Hermes’ offering (Slim d’Hermes line) using the same movement is much more balanced design-wise, far more attractive, and also 1000s cheaper.
    Also not sure I see much 1950s in this.

    • Bilal Khan

      I think the “1950” in the name is actually just a nod to the year Michel Parmigiani was born, which isn’t immediately obvious so I added a little bit in the introduction of the article noting that. Thanks for sharing 🙂

    • ???

      Though I also prefer Slim d’Hermes over this one, Hermes’ finishing is obvious not up to the level of this Parmigiani.

  • Mark B

    Nice updates. Beautiful watch.

  • Bilal Khan
  • Bilal Khan

    I think I agree about a central seconds hand, but something would have to take the place of the seconds sub-dial, almost certainly a date window at 6 o’clock. Having nothing there wouldn’t produce a design in accordance with the Golden Ratio, which Michel Parmigiani takes suuuuper seriously.

    • SuperStrapper

      A grande/outsized date in the 6 area would be very interesting.

  • spice

    Although Pf don’t make watches that suit my lifestyle (or wallet) I do really appreciate the elegance of their designs (esp their “hands”) and this is no exception. Like SS I’d prefer a centrally mounted seconds hand and date at “6”, plus lumed hands (and indices) but accept that this is a dress watch. But like other competitors I do feel that Pf need to be looking at longer reserve movements.

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