Parmigiani Fleurier – Homecoming – People and Interviews – WorldTempus

Suzanne Wong : The new Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante was received triumphantly everywhere. Everyone I’ve spoken to has nothing but praise for him. Tell us about the creation of this watch.

Guido Terreni : It was maybe the third or fourth day since I started at Parmigiani Fleurier. I remember that at that time everyone was tired of not traveling. This prompted me to think about a watch with a GMT function, visible only when needed. After all, you don’t travel the world every day. So why have a daily time zone indicator on your wrist if you don’t need it? I wanted something understated, something that conveyed the brand’s values, that drove it forward, and we did that. We’ve reimagined the split-seconds hand, one of the most coveted features previously associated only with the chronograph.

Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante © Parmigiani Fleurier

SW : You have a strong sense of product design, which is essential in a collection like the Tonda PF.

GT : Absolutely. Technology is design, as Michel Parmigiani always says. You must go together. Take this watch for example. The inclusion of a small seconds dial would age the watch, and the addition of a central seconds hand would have made it sportier. The mechanical side influences the design and the way to design a complication must respect the values ​​of a certain aesthetic. It is wrong to say that design only concerns the case, the dial, the bracelet, it also concerns the approach to the movement. Parmigiani Fleurier is defined by discretion. Comfort is another important factor. We’ve placed the GMT pusher at eight o’clock as that’s the most comfortable position for something you might need to press frequently. In other places, you’ll probably have to bend your arm a bit. And comfort lies in reading too. The GMT hand is gold because it represents home time when travelling, and home is precious to us. The rewind pusher, the split-seconds hand, is also gold, while the pusher to advance the time zone indicator is white metal because it symbolically separates you from home. Another detail: this time the micro-rotor is also made of gold instead of platinum, because the rotor gives life to the movement, just as your house gives life to you.

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Guido Terreni, CEO © Parmigiani Fleurier

SW : I love that idea, how you structured the GMT Rattrapante around how we approach the concept of travel emotionally. The split-second action is fast and smooth, but the GMT hand has to be advanced step by step, hour by hour. Coming home is easy; We return to a place that is both family and familiar. Leaving home takes strength.

GT : It was our intention for the Tonda PF that it fits so discreetly and perfectly into our way of life. The GMT Rattrapante is slightly thicker than the automatic model with the only time function because of the module, but otherwise it has the same dimensions, which is very elegant. We removed the date stamp because when I’m in New York I don’t want the date to change at six in the afternoon. That is confusing.

Some people have told me, Guido, it’s not really a time zone watch because there’s no 24-hour hand or day/night indication. First, if we had a 24-hour hand, it could not remain invisibly below the local time hand when not in use. Again, this is confusing. And I don’t want a day/night display. I only spend about 23% of the year traveling and that’s considered quite important. I don’t want the other 77% to be distracted by a day/night indicator on the dial. If necessary, I look out the window. It is our way of reinterpreting the art of watchmaking in a sophisticated, elegant, sophisticated and subtle way that suits our way of life.

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Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante © Parmigiani Fleurier

SW : You mentioned that comfort was an important factor for you when designing a watch, and it is true that the GMT Rattrapante is very comfortable to wear on the wrist.

GT : Yes, because you wear a watch every day, all day long, without even thinking about it. Unless you’re a collector, don’t think about what watch you’re going to wear every time you dress up. Therefore, it is very important to ensure that the comfort is there and that our watches are well designed. We think a lot about the use of space in a watch. It’s like a tailored suit. When it’s done well, you don’t feel what you’re wearing, it hugs your body perfectly. The Tonda PF band fits your wrist perfectly and we had to work on that a lot because every wrist is different.

SW : May I ask you a general question about the Tonda PF collection? When we talk about the collection and its models, we talk about how the individual elements – like the colors, the dials, the displays, the lines of the case – are designed in a very soft and refined way. However, looking at the watch as a whole, therein lies its strength. Where does she come from ?

GT : Above all, there is no dominant element in the Tonda PF. Nothing overpowers the other elements, everything is harmonious. Of course there are points that grab attention, but there are elements that you really need to discover by looking closely at the details. So we have a certain level of elegance and sophistication, lots of fine detail and subtle structure, like in a well-made suit, to use the same comparison as before. And the power of creation shows when you put it on.

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Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante © Parmigiani Fleurier

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