Parmigiani Fleurier releases a two timezone watch in the Toric collection, affectionately known as the Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde. The watch unlike many base travel watches, has two independently adjustable time displays, which allows adjustment to the minutes; especially important when traveling to locations with half-hour or quarter hour differences. The Rétrograde refers to the date pointer complication which jumps from 31 to 1 in a split second 240° movement.
The Parmigiani Fleurier replica 42.8 mm case is made with 22K rose gold in a polished 3 piece construction case. It uses the iconic knurled bezel, which is the signature of the Toric family. Apart from the size, the case aesthetics does remind us of the Rolex Cellini. Fit with a non-symmetric open caseback, the case also uses Sapphire Crystal on the front and back. Overall, the construction and finishing of the case is top-notch, with nicely polished lugs and a fascinating step bezel. The rose gold crowns bear the Parmigiani logo, elegant with its well-defined cut grooves.
The watch uses white grained dial Parmigiani Fleurier fake watches that is almost a tinge of cream. It is lined with a minutes track and rose gold gilded indices on the periphery. The dial is balanced and maintains a good legibility, critical of a classic ‘tool’ watch. A pair of javelin hands are used to display the main time, which is set by the crown at 4 o’clock. The secondary time zone is shown in the 12 o’clock subdial, and set via the crown at 2. Accompanying both is a pair of 24 hour indicators, that functions like a day/night indicator. The sunken subdials and indicators add complexity to the dial maker’s craft, and is well-executed and a delight to admire. A contrasting display between the subdial at 6 and the subdial at 12 also adds a good twist to the dial for some lightheartedness.
A subtle complication to the ingenious single movement dual timezone is the retrograde date. The date is displayed via the crescent pointer, which makes a 240° jump back to 1 at the end of each month. It is said that the retrograde action is so fast that it is invisible to naked eyes.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde copy watches uses the PF317 movement, a 4 Hz self-winding caliber with 50 hours power reserve. The base caliber was first used in the Tonda Hémisphères in 2010 and was a world first. In 2017, the dual time movement is now used in the Toric collection and with an added Retrograde date. What remains fascinating about the movement however, is how a single movement can be used to display two independently adjustable (to the minutes) timezones in the case size of one watch.
Parmigiani Fleurier uses a module indexed to the main movement in order to govern the second time zone. By pulling out the small crown at 2 o’clock, the module is disengaged from the movement, meaning that it can be adjusted independently of the second time zone, to the nearest minute. When the crown is pressed back in, the movement and the module re-engage and the second time zone is re-indexed to the first so that they operate simultaneously with the desired interval.