At the SIHH 2018, Parmigiani Fleurier once again introduced one of its most significant models, the Kalpa . A molded watch, it was initially presented back in 2001 and, gratitude to its striking and novel plan, guided by ergonomics, it turned into a mark model in the assortment. After three debut invigorated watches in January, the brand grows the reach with another, easier time-and-date rendition – however it has much more to tell, for certain genuine certificates. Meet the new Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Qualité Fleurier.
For two years now, Parmigiani Fleurier has been reconsidering its works of art. This system began with the re-presentation in 2017 of Michel Parmigiani’s absolute first creation, the Toric. At the SIHH 2018, it was the turn of another notable and notorious model, the Kalpa. This tonneau-molded watch, with a strong, rather florid plan was promptly conspicuous as a component of the PF family. The new assortment exploits its extraordinary shape and improved comfort, quality and magnificence of the mechanics – see for example the Kalpa Chronor and its strong gold chronograph movement. This new assortment likewise returns to the first tonneau development made by Parmigiani 20 years prior, as it is just fitted with molded developments – not any more old style round types, just developments formed by the case.
The debut assortment comprised the Chronor, a leader restricted version with a super sumptuous strong gold chronograph development, the Kalpagraphe Chronomètre, with a similar base development – this time in a more traditional execution – lastly the Kalpa Hebdomadaire, with a lovely 8-day hand-wound development. This late spring, the Fleurier-based brand adds a new, less complex however no less progressed form, the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Qualité Fleurier – and that implies certificates, controls and precision.
In short, the new Kalpa Qualité Fleurier is a blend between the Kalpa and the Toric Qualité Fleurier . While other models in the Kalpa assortment highlight complex developments, this new one adheres to the customary time-and-date show and adds the reasonableness of a self-winding system. In any case, if the functionalities appear to be rather standard, the execution of the development is top-notch.
As showed by its name, this new Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa is ensured by the “Qualité Fleurier” standards. This quality name was made in the mid 2000s by the three top of the line Fleurier makers (Parmigiani Fleurier, Chopard and Bovet) and is quite possibly the most thorough certificates in the watch industry.
Qualité Fleurier confirms that the watch (all the more exactly the watch head without the wristband and clasp) is 100% Swiss made. The development of Qualité Fleurier watches should have a restrictive completion. The overall standards incorporate the nature of the material, the improvement and the assembling technique. The watches are tried by the Chronofiable test. It centers around sturdiness and dependability, reproducing a while of wear, testing the responses to attractive fields and water-obstruction. At long last, all Qualité Fleurier watches should have effectively finished the battery of assessments forced by the COSC.
This new Kalpa Qualité Fleurier is furnished with a world class development, obvious through its caseback. The Caliber F442 is formed by the situation, despite the fact that there has been an adjustment looking like the scaffolds compared to a conventional round development. Nevertheless, this development is finely designed – inclined points, Geneva stripes, perlage, strong gold and guilloché rotor – and uncovers intriguing particulars: 60h force hold on account of two barrels, 4Hz recurrence and a chronometer certification.
The watch itself utilizes a similar upgraded case found on the SIHH 2018 Kalpa watches. The lines of the case have been tightened and made more exquisite. The hauls, which used to be rather long and slight, are presently more limited yet bolder and more with regards to the style of the case. A dash of innovation has been added to the tonneau-molded case, just as a touch of subtlety. The whole case is adjusted, with bends every which way, including the caseback that is curved to adjust to the wrist.
This Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Qualité Fleurier, just accessible in 18k red gold for the occasion, depends on the more modest case: 42.3mm x 32.1mm, with a generally slim 10mm profile. The watch sits comfortably on the wrist and gratitude to its restricted, dainty case, it very well may be viewed as a dress watch – with a solid character though.
The dial on this variant is, as of now, just accessible in dark, with an opaline focus and a guilloché tressé or plaited design on the fringe. Gold plated hands and records coordinate the case and we found the mark triple date window a 12 o’clock – an element that gives a special look to the watch however that some don’t like. It is worn on an excellent dark croc tie, produced by Hermès.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Qualité Fleurier (ref. PFC194-1601400) comes with a more amiable sticker price than the Hebdomadaire adaptation, retailing for CHF 23,500 (versus CHF 32,500). More subtleties on www.parmigiani.com .