The Toric Collection, you might say, stands out amongst the other Parmigiani collections by not standing out; the cases are round and the lug shapes in general are more conventional than those in any of Parmigiani’s other families of watches. This is not to say that they’re simple though. As a matter of fact, of the 10 Toric models in the current PF catalog, five are minute repeaters, while four are variations on this new model, which is the simplest Toric by a considerable margin. The Toric Chronomètre is a COSC-certified chronometer wristwatch with date.
The Toric Chronométre comes in two metals – white and red gold – and case dimensions are 40.8mm x 9.5mm. The Arabic numerals and sector-type display for the date, as well as the rather utilitarian minute track, keep the Toric Chronomètre a little outside real dress watch territory, though I doubt anyone could seriously object to wearing one with a suit. Every company with anything like an actual design philosophy has pitfalls intrinsic to its approach that can occasionally derail its products, and Parmigiani’s tendencies towards a sort of streamlined biomorphism can sometimes lead to watches with too many elements, and a bit of an unfocused feel. However, the relative simplicity of the case and lugs in the Toric Chronomètre and the reduced number of dial elements makes for a clear and attractive design.
As is the case with all Parmigiani watches, the movement is always a big part of the value offering. The Toric Chronomètre uses the 11 1/2 ligne (25.6mm x 3.5mm) caliber PF 331 (COSC certified in this case) with a 55-hour power reserve and it runs at 28,800 vph.
It’s an attractive, cleanly-done piece of work and the engraved gold rotor plays nicely against the wheels, plates, and pivots in the same way that the Arabic numerals contrast with the coin edge bezel and javelin hands (which, without something pushing back against them, would seem a little too fussy and antiquarian for their own good).
The only potential gotcha is that at 11 1/2 lignes, the movement will look a little small for the 40.8mm case, although it ought to be mentioned that Audemars Piguet houses its caliber 3120, which is an 11 3/4 ligne (26.6mm) movement, in 41mm Royal Oaks without dooming their commercial prospects.
Price for all four versions (red gold with black or white dial; white gold with black or white dial) will be $18,500 and they’ll be available for purchase this spring See the whole Toric Collection (beaucoup de repeaters, as we mentioned) right here.