Parmigiani Fleurier, only founded in 1996, is with a relatively young Swiss brand. In the short time since its foundation, Parmigiani Fleurier has built a reputation with its high-quality wristwatches and a distinctive design that has its roots in classic architecture. The first watch Parmigiani Fleurier introduced in 1996 was the Toric Memory Time, which, since then, served as a vehicle for complicated models as well as simple three-hand ones. The latter are COSC-certified, but the new Toric Qualité Fleurier comes with an even higher certification.
The Toric Qualité Fleurier bears the distinctive feature of all Toric models: a bezel formed of two gadroons alternating with knurling based on the harmonious proportions of the golden ratio. An artisan has created the knurling by hand on every Toric produced since 1997. This rare form of craftsmanship consists of manipulating the material with a wheel that leaves the imprint of its notches in the metal. The bezel must be rotated somewhere between 100 and 1,000 times to obtain a perfectly knurled result. Every Toric case middle is unique, instantly showcasing the prestige of the Toric Qualité Fleurier.
But there’s more craftsmanship in these watches. The dial of the Toric Qualité Fleurier calls on the ultimate dial-crafting skill: hand-guillochage. The surface of the dial is intricately decorated with a “rice-grain” pattern that reveals captivating plays of light. Guided by an expert’s hand, the guillochage gives the piece a shine unequalled by any numerically controlled machine that is instantly recognisable by the experienced observer. Each dial is therefore unique, just like the knurled bezel, and bears the special touch and sensitivity of the artisan who produced it. The Toric Qualité Fleurier is enhanced by solid gold appliques and javelin shaped hands that mark the passing of time.
The case is made from red or white gold, features a diameter of 40.8 mm and is water resistant up to 3 atm. All versions are completed by a black alligator leather strap from Hermès.
The Toric Qualité Fleurier is powered by the calibre PF331 QF, an automatic calibre. It works at a frequency of 4 Hz and provides a power reserve of approximately 55 hours.
The COSC-certification is one of the best known certifications but not the only one. The Toric Qualité Fleurier is decorated with the new “Qualité Fleurier” certification. To get decorated with it, the following requirements must be met: The watch has to be entirely designed, produced, assembled and tested in Switzerland, with each component accompanied by a certificate of origin. Only traditional materials whether precious or innovative, may be used in the watch – no plastics. The watch has to be COSC-certified of course, before it can even be considered for the Fleurier Quality certification. It’s the same with the Chronofiable test, which is performed in an independent laboratory which evaluates the watch head’s reliability when exposed to shocks, wear, water and magnetism. Once in its final configuration, the watch spends 24 hours in the “Fleuritest”, the only machine of its kind in the watchmaking world. It measures the watch’s timekeeping, with tolerances of between 0 and +seconds per day.