Fans of Michel Parmigiani's elegant timepieces will be pleased to know that the seminal timepiece from his collection, the Toric, has been brought back to life. Two models, the 40mm Toric Petite Seconde and the 42mm Toric Chronographe Rattrapante, celebrate the return of this classic, revisited under the vision of Guido Terreni. This means the Toric will be positioned as the brand's dress watch, available only in precious platinum or gold cases, with hand-wound gold movements, gold dials and gold indexes and hands.

The new Toric Petite Seconde and Toric Chronographe Rattrapante carry the distinctive knurled bezel of the original Toric, marking a new chapter in the history of this watch. The cases have been updated and protrusions and corners eliminated, to create a fluid and soft profile that extends to the strap.

Everything is reduced to the essentials, marking a clear break with previous Toric models. Gone are the Arabic numerals, spear-shaped hands and guilloche decoration of previous Toric watches, replaced respectively with tiny applied indexes in rose or white gold, golden delta-shaped hands and grained gold dials. The new oval PF cartouche is incorporated into the dial at 12 o'clock.

The gold dials are handcrafted to obtain a matte texture. The grits are made from a special blend of cream of tartar, crushed sea salt, silver mixed with water to create a paste. After application, the dial is polished to create a grained surface that diffuses light. Another feature of the new Toric dials is their beveled shape, causing the edges to drop slightly to rest against the case.

THE TORIC PETITE SECOND 40MM

Available in two versions – one with a sand gold dial and the other with an almond green gold dial – the Parmigiani Toric Petite Seconde has a 40,6mm polished rose gold or platinum case with a height of just 8,8mm and a large crown of 6 mm. Equipped with anti-reflective sapphire crystals on the front and back, the watch is water resistant up to 50 meters. The signature of the new Toric is the knurled bezel.

Minimalism and essentiality are the two distinctive characters, with the dials free of superfluous indications. A thin peripheral ring houses tiny hand-applied gold indices, while the center of the dial features the oval cartouche at noon, counterbalanced by the small seconds counter at 6 o'clock with four discreet applied markers and a slim hand.

The hand-wound PF780 manufacture movement is protected by large 18k rose gold bridges, which reveal the two barrels and the regulating organ. At just 3,15mm thick, the movement beats at 28.800vph and offers a 60-hour power reserve.

The Toric Petite Seconde in rose gold is paired with a hand-stitched green alligator leather strap with a rose gold pin buckle and retails for CHF 49.500; the platinum version comes with a hand-stitched beige alligator strap with a platinum buckle and retails for CHF 56.500.

THE TORIC CHRONOGRAPHE RATTRAPANTE 42MM

For the launch of the new Toric collection, Parmigiani releases a limited series of 30 examples of the Toric Chronographe Rattrapante. With an 18k rose gold case, the new Toric family sports its signature knurled bezel. With a diameter of 42,5mm and a thickness of 14,4mm, the polished case is protected by anti-reflective sapphire crystals on both sides and is water resistant to 50 meters. Instead of the teardrop-shaped buttons of the Tonda PF models, the Toric has round buttons.

The dial features a warm coffee color with applied rose gold hour markers and rose gold hour and minute hands. The three subdials – 30-minute elapsed time at 3 o'clock, running seconds at 6 o'clock and 12-hour counter at 9 o'clock – have the same color as the dial and a thin circular gold frame. The movement offers 65 hours of power reserve and reveals the two column wheels.

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The Toric Split Seconds Chronograph comes with a hand-stitched brown alligator strap and a rose gold pin buckle. It is a limited edition of 30 pieces and is sold for CHF 135.000.