Parmigiani Fleurier is introducing a new member to their Tonda PF collection, and it contains a novel take on the GMT complication. The term ‘rattrapante’ is often associated with the timing hands of a chronograph, stacking them in multiples allowing the user to time multiple events in concert. A single press begins timing, while a third pusher will stop one of the timing hands in place, allowing the other to continue on. An additional press will ‘catch up’ the stopped hand to the timing hand again. Parmigiani has harnessed this concept and applied it in a far more practical application to the GMT complication with the new Tonda PF GMT Rattrapante.
So how does all this work with a GMT hand? So simply that, frankly, I’m surprised it’s never been done in this way before. The core simplicity of the Tonda PF, a watch we took a hands on look at right here, has been retained. At a glance, there’s just an hour and minute hand. Still no bezel, no numerals, just that lovely pattern spanning the expansive dial. Only a bronze pusher in the crown, and another pusher integrated into one of the shapely lugs will tip you off that there’s something else in store.