Numbers aren’t everything, but in some the case of some watches, they play a bigger role in wearability than the spec sheet implies. This is particularly relevant when integrated bracelets or unusual case shapes are a part of the equation. Parmigiani’s excellent Tonda PF platform is one such example, featuring an integrated bracelet design that gradually tapers across the circumference of the wrist. The design makes for a watch that takes up a bit more area on the wrist than the diameter suggests. While we never found that watch uncomfortable by any definition, we’re thrilled to see the addition of a new 36mm variant to the collection, which might bring this watch directly into the sweet spot for many wrists.
In our hands-on with the 40mm Tonda PF Micro-Rotor I commented on the sheer expansiveness of the dial terrain, exaggerated by the relative sterile design and the fact that the dial stretches out the very edges of the case. It wasn’t uncomfortable, but you certainly saw and felt every bit of its 40mm diameter. That’s not big, of course, but the bracelet flairs out to meet the widest point of the lug, taking up quite a bit of wrist real estate in the process. It’s a similar problem (feature?) I’ve noticed with watches like the Vacheron Constantin 222 and Bulgari Octo Finissimo.