Can’t Get Your Hands on a Royal Oak or a Nautilus? Here’s an Alternative

The new Parmigiani Tonda GT and Tondagraph GT watches are unusually sporty offerings from Parmigiani.

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The luxury-lifestyle sport watch concept was pioneered by the Audemars Piguet Royal Oak in the 1970s, but today more high-end brands are embracing it than ever. The new Tonda GT collection is Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani‘s take on the genre — a sporty interpretation of its established Tonda collection with an expectedly high-level horology inside.

Two new models introduce this more casual side of Parmigiani: The Tonda GT ($13,500 in steel on a rubber strap, $14,500 on a bracelet; $24,900 in rose gold on rubber or $49,500 with a matching gold bracelet) is relatively simple, with only three-hand time telling and a digital date display. More complicated is the Tondagraph GT ($18,500 in steel on rubber; $19,500 in steel on a bracelet), which features a chronograph and annual calendar — an uncommon but practical combination of complications. Both share beefed-up indices, fluted bezels, and dials with “clou triangulaire guilloché” patterns for better legibility.

Most importantly, these watches offer a more casual, daily wear experience of the Parmigiani brand with 100m of water resistance, screw-down crowns and metal bracelets or rubber straps. Visible through the case backs are automatic movements produced entirely in-house at Parmigiani and finished to the highest standards. Steel models are limited to 250 examples each, while the rose gold Tonagraph GT is limited to 150 pieces.

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