Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Creme de Menthe

Angus Davies looks at the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Creme de Menthe and Tonda Metropolitaine Creme de Menthe, two special edition models featuring “crème de menthe” dials.

This detailed review of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Creme de Menthe and the Tonda Metropolitaine Creme de menthe includes live images, specification details and pricing.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

I am obsessed with food. It is not the creation of food that excites me, but rather the consumption. A friend often remarks, “Angus doesn’t like baking cakes, he just likes eating them”. My liking for food transcends the mere need for sustenance, it embraces all nuances of cuisine including taste, mouthfeel, texture, smell and colour.

Colour has a significant influence on our attraction to food. A huge industry has evolved producing additives, both synthetic and natural, to change the shade of a particular food stuff. I was reminded of this fact a few months ago, when I attended the launch of two new collections from Parmgiani Fleurier, the Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropolitaine. At the launch I was particularly drawn to the mint green charms of two of these new models.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropolitaine are two ranges, aimed at gentlemen and ladies, respectively. They are priced at relatively accessible levels for this über-luxurious brand, but by launching these models, Parmigiani Fleurier is hoping to engage with a younger audience.

I reported in some detail on the Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine earlier this year and at the time mentioned the release of a special edition dial, available on both models. This dial features an unusually hued and intriguingly named “crème de menthe” colour.

Recently, I had the opportunity to spend a little longer examining the unusual colour of these special edition models in order to write this review.

At first, on hearing the dials being described as “crème de menthe”, I thought of mint-flavoured alcoholic beverage with a vibrant emerald green colour. To be honest, this description did not engender much allure, sounding rather sickly. However, the Swiss watch brand also describes the dial as “pale mint green” which sounds much more attractive to this nature English speaker.

 The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Creme de Menthe

The green dial version of the Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Creme de Menthe shares all the same aspects to its composition as its siblings, save for its distinctively coloured face. The matchless finishing of the movement is evident with one glance at the exhibition case back. The asymmetrical case, with the lugs on one side being longer than the other side, is just one illustration of the subtle details which make this a beautiful composition.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

However, the focal point of this article remains the dials and, returning to their appearance, it is the way they interact with light which makes them truly special.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

The applied hour markers, resembling isosceles triangles with truncated tips, are white and luminescent, sitting on a snailed circular ring. Each concentric ring seems to toy with light playfully, delivering charming pockets of differing shades.

The 12-hour and 30-minute chronograph registers overlap, reminiscent of a Venn diagram. They are framed with a green border, slightly darker in shade and resembling a skewed figure of eight. A small seconds display, adjacent 3 o’clock, features a snailed motif and defers in importance to the chronograph registers sitting below the aforementioned green border.

Parmigiani Fleurier has cleverly exploited different depths with this dial with various components sitting at differing heights. This in itself exploits the dial’s interaction with light. However, the unique aspect of the green dial is that it somehow interfaces with available light in such a way as to evince a different hue depending on its surroundings.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

In some light the dial appears incredibly pale, subtle in shade and virtually free of any pigment. By contrast, the dial can sometimes appear much darker, evincing a much richer tone. It is only when viewed from a myriad of angles and subjected to an array of different lighting conditions that one can truly appreciate the sheer sophistication of this particular dial option.

 The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metropolitaine Creme de Menthe

The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metropolitaine Creme de Menthe has fewer functions than its masculine cousin. The inventory of functions is restricted to hours, minutes, small seconds and date display. However, Parmgiani Fleurier has not shortchanged female clientele for its dial shares the same ethereal beauty of the Tonda Metrographe.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

The applied rhodium-plated hour markers consist of Arabic numerals and tear-shaped batons. They float above a sea of flinqué decoration, granting the dial a sense of fluidity to its form.

Residing above 6 o’clock, the small seconds display sits below the dial surface. The outcome is that the subdial appears slightly darker in some light. The snailed motif of the small seconds display provides a charming contradistinction with the flinqué decoration on the mail dial.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

The day display, within the subdial, features an elongated aperture which reveals not only the prevailing date but also the dates before and after. The date disc sits on yet another level, beneath the surface of the subdial and, once again, exploits depth to comely effect.

Framing the dial is a bezel adorned with 72 brilliant cut diamonds, augmenting the dial’s successful courtship with light.

Closing remarks

Green is an emotive colour. My grandmother always refused to ride in a green car as she deemed it to be bad luck. The shade has recently become synonymous with the environmentalist movement. In the sphere of horology, it is an unusual shade which eschews convention and is arguably for those individuals who wish to exhibit originality and free thought.

Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe and Tonda Metropoloitaine with creme de menthe dials

Parmigiani Fleuerier has been clever, it has partnered an unusual shade with various dial details which exploit different heights to coquettishly toy with ambient light, producing the most seductive and exquisite results.

In the UK, these watches are sold exclusively by The Watch Gallery.

Technical Specification

  • Model: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe Creme de Menthe
  • Reference: PFC274-0005600
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 40 mm; height 12.2 mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date; chronograph.
  • Movement: Calibre PF315, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz), 46 jewels; power reserve 42 hours; 351 components
  • Bracelet / Strap: Titanium and steel bracelet
  • Price: £9600 (RRP as at 4.11.2014)

 

  • Model: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metropolitaine Creme de Menthe
  • Reference: PFC273-0063300
  • Case: Stainless steel; diameter 33.1 mm; height 8.65 mm; water resistant to 3 bar (30 metres); sapphire crystal to front and caseback.
  • Functions: Hours; minutes; small seconds; date.
  • Movement: Calibre PF310, self-winding movement; frequency 28,800 vph (4 Hz), 28 jewels; power reserve 50 hours; 193 components
  • Bracelet / Strap: Steel bracelet
  • Price: £8700 (RRP as at 4.11.2014)

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