Since the very beginnings, the Toric’s distinctive characteristic, key to its aesthetic impact, has been its bezel, which alternates gadroons and knurling. Michel Parmigiani based this design on the structure of a Doric column, the purest symbol of ancient Greek architecture. Using this as a starting point, he added inspiration from a discovery made on one of his journeys: a pointed shell in the shape of a spiral, found on a beach in Malaysia. Its spiral construction, governed by the golden ratio, gives it an impression of delicacy, despite its acute shape. Michel Parmigiani decided to recreate this optical illusion by balancing the proportions of the first watch he created.
The new Toric Chronomètre has been redesigned so that the more delicate, elegant case sits more snugly on the wrist. The curved contours inject a certain dynamism into the design. The end of the strap and its attachment have been redesigned to reflect this and the lugs rendered more ergonomic, making it more comfortable to wear. The crown has also been made a more imposing feature. While retaining the collection’s signature codes — particularly the original knurled bezel — the Toric Chronomètre offers a vibrant yet understated appearance.
The case, available in white or red gold, encloses the COSC-certified PF331 proprietary calibre, whose components have all been painstakingly decorated. Each Toric Chronomètre is unique and meets the most stringent standards for accuracy and reliability demanded by the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture.
The dials are available in black opaline or a white grained version, a skill that creates a captivating texture by hand-brushing the surface of the dial with a silver powder mixture. These two dials are brought to life by two slender Javelin hands, a date, a very subtle minute track around the circumference, and Arabic numerals with proportions that emphasise this elegance.