Taking advantage of the digital version of Watches & Wonders 2020, Parmigiani Fleurier presented the new Toric Tourbillon Slate with flying tourbillon at 7 o'clock, framed by a beautifully decorated dial and case. A kind of hybrid, the Toric Tourbillon Slate appropriates the case of the watch family Toric but it is powered by its ultra-thin automatic flying tourbillon with micro-rotor, first seen in the Tourbillon Tonda 1950 (photo below) five years ago he took home the title of automatic flying tourbillon with thinner micro-rotor as it is powered by a movement of only 3.4 mm thick (a record later broken by the Bvlgari Octo Finissimo Tourbillon Automatic with a movement of only 1.95 mm thick).
Although Parmigiani does not openly engage in the ongoing battle to produce the thinnest watches on the market is, however, a worthy contender in the ultra-thin flying tourbillon range. The Toric Tourbillon Slate which was recently presented is a hybrid. Although the new watch retains the elaborate exterior features of the Toric, the movement is the same used for the Tourbillon Tonda 1950, Or the caliber PF517.
The three-part case of the Toric Tourbillon Slate it is made of 18-karat red gold, polished with a knurled bezel and angled lugs. The diameter is 42.8 mm and the profile is 9.45 mm. This is slightly larger and thicker than the original Tourbillon Tonda 1950, which measured 40.2 mm x 8.65 mm. Like other models Toric Chronomètre, the dial is decorated with a hypnotic guilloche motif with a grain of rice that imitates the concentric motifs that can be found on a pine cone (spiral of Fibonacci).
Entirely handcrafted, the slate gray background is offset with applied red gold Arabic numerals and partially skeletonized hour and minute hands, in a golden javelin style with luminescent tips. The 60-second tourbillon is off-center at 7 o'clock and its titanium cage is presumably one of the lightest at just 0.255 grams.
The sapphire crystal caseback reveals the extra thin automatic flying tourbillon movement <font style="vertical-align: inherit;"><font style="vertical-align: inherit;">PF2018. Like all watches Parmigiani, the movement is beautifully decorated and features circular Côtes de Genève, hand-beveled bridges and a guilloché engraving on the platinum micro-rotor. With 207 parts, a frequency of 3Hz and a power reserve of 48 hours, the movement measures 32mm in diameter and has an ultra-thin height of 3.4mm.
Il Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Tourbillon Slate in 18-karat red gold, it comes with a Havana alligator strap made for Parmigiani by Hermès, one of the few things outsourced by the brand, and is attached to the wrist with a red gold pin buckle. The model is a limited edition of 25 pieces and will be retailed for CHF 130.000.