Although it might not have the same instant name recognition as other major luxury timepiece designers, Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier produces some of the most exclusive, masterfully engineered watches on the planet. Its Toric Retrograde Perpetual Calendar series contains one of the most impressive, intricate, and tremendously functional complications available in a wristwatch.
The Toric Retrograde Perpetual Calendar packs Parmigiani's in house-designed and manufactured PF 333.01 automatic movement with an impressive 55-hour power reserve thanks to its double spring barrel. Boasting a truly impressive 32 friction-reducing jewels set at precise points throughout the movement, the Toric will certainly last lifetimes. The decorated movement, with its hand-chamfered bridges and 22k gold oscillating weight, is visible through the sapphire crystal case back. Driven by this powerhouse of engineering are a safari of fantastic functions. Hour, minute and second hands sweep over precision moon phase and perpetual calendar complications with day, retrograde date, month and leap year apertures. The particularly impressive retrograde date function features an indicator that instantly sweeps backwards to its starting position after completing its 270-degree journey through the month markings. Once properly set, this watch's date will literally never require resetting.
Parmigiani Fleurier watches are renowned by luxury timepiece aficionados not only for their exacting movement, but for their distinct beauty as well. Wristwatches in this collection all feature round, 11.4 millimeter thick cases of brilliant white gold, some of which sport stunning diamond-studded bezels. Dial color options include light blue and jet-black, and all pieces are outfitted with hand-stitched Hermes alligator leather straps and a polished tongue buckle. And because these watches are so special, each is inscribed with a unique production number.