Five reasons Parmigiani Fleurier’s Tonda Chronor Anniversaire takes top spot
What's an impressive achievement in the purview of haute horlogerie when grand, storied maisons seemingly corner the market at every turn? Apparently, that would be the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire by Parmigiani Fleurier — the first integrated chronograph from the maison and a feat that scaled the metaphorical Everest of horology by a brand that's only a mere 20 years young. A prodigious creation that requires an unerring expertise and a precise synchronicity, for the chronograph runs on kinematics that necessitate a flawless sequencing, this is a ambitious triumph that few manufacturers can boast of.
The pinnacle of technical excellence, cutting-edge sophistication and pure craftsmanship, here are five reasons why Parmigiani Fleurier's anniversary timepiece is top dog (and the maison one to keep an eye on):
1. A 5 Hertz movement with 36,000 vibrations per hour
It goes without saying that a higher oscillation frequency directly influences a watch's accuracy, and in the case of the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire that beats to a frequency of 5 Hertz — a rate that's very rare for its calibre — this is precision to a tenth of a second. Unlike timepieces that run a lower frequency, the chronograph's seconds hand is able to makes ten jumps per second with a smooth fluidity.
2. Column wheels for its PF361 calibre
Synchronised by a central column wheel designated as the nerve centre that coordinates all its complications, this nifty component involves much more intricate labour to produce. But the payoff is immense as it lends the movement an elegance that sets the chronograph's activation ergonomics into a distinctively smooth operation that's rarely found elsewhere.
3. Going vertical instead of horizontal for its clutch
Sporting a better technical accuracy than the regular ol' horizontal clutch, the vertical version is harder to create (what good component isn't?) but its complexity enables the watch to start up immediately without an iota of jolting. Hence the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire's much improved precision.
4. A balance secured by a cross-through bridge
Another prized feature is the cross-through bridge uniquely situated with double attachment points for better stability and adaptability to the regulation of the movements. Able to re-align itself with the rest of the movement due to a specially designed adjustable height, the balance is also impact-proof to prevent any disruptions, making it an ideal sports watch.
5. Enhancements of the complicated kind
It's called an integrated chronograph for a reason; the split seconds and large date complications are perfectly incorporated into the calibre instead of working as additional modules. While a logistical challenge, doing so permanently links the central chronograph seconds hand to these functions, ensuring a simultaneous manoeuvre even when the crown is depressed and subsequently when it's released. On top of this proficiency, the maison maximises the calibre surface to allow the width to be as slim as possible, resulting in a timepiece that's amazingly sleek in spite of its varied capabilities.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire is available exclusively at authorised retailer The Hour Glass.