Borrowed Time: Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Metrographe

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Parmigiani Fleurier updated its sporty, round chronograph model, the Tonda Metrographe, in 2017, streamlining its somewhat idiosyncractic, asymmetrical design to a more classically sporty three-register look — and Parmigiani being Parmigiani, it did so without sacrificing the aesthetic flourishes and distinctive technical touches that make the timepiece unmistakably its own.

This new arrangement results in a more subtle version of the figure-eight design of these two subdials, which was more prominent on the original Metrographe models: the borders of the figure eight are now only slightly raised rather than defined by a flat layer of luminescent coating, which some might have found too distracting when trying to read the time in the dark.

After a few days of wearing the Metrographe, it became clear that this watch is a rarity among “sports luxury” chronographs in that it accessorized perfectly with both casual wear and formalwear.

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