Originally presented back in 2001, the Kalpa collection by Parmigiani Fleurier is among the most unmistakable models of the brand. With its particular tonneau-formed case and tear hauls, it has an exceptional style that, if not preferred by all, unquestionably says something. In front of the upcoming SIHH 2018, the brand has presented the new, updated Kalpa collection, which is currently fitted only with in-house developments molded to coordinate the case. Here are the initial three watches to be introduced: the Kalpa Chronor, the Kalpagraphe Chronomètre and the Kalpa Hebdomadaire.
Last year, Parmigiani returned to its past by introducing the Toric , a contemporary understanding of the brand’s absolute first watch followed by the Toric Hémisphère Rétrograde , a double time release. For the SIHH 2018, the brand continues to think back with an overhauled variant of its notorious tonneau-molded watch: the Kalpa. This new collection additionally returns to the first tonneau development made by organizer Michel Parmigiani 20 years prior, as it might be fitted with molded developments (not any more traditional round calibres – just developments formed by the case).
The Kalpa has consistently been portrayed by the unmistakable state of its case and stylised tear-drop carries. The forms of the watch were deliberately planned, in light of concordance and proportionality, just as comfort because of its ergonomic profile and the consistent mix with the wristband, whether metal or leather. These key characteristics won’t change in the new collection. The essentials are still here.Yet, a few upgrades and advancements are to be noted – the fundamental thought is to guarantee “consistency among inside and outside“.
In terms of plan, the lines of the case have been tightened and made more rich. The hauls, which used to be rather long and flimsy, are presently more limited however bolder and more with regards to the style of the case. A hint of innovation has been added to the tonneau-molded case, just as a touch of nuance, compared to past versions. The whole case is adjusted, with bends every which way, including the case back that is inward to adjust to the wrist.
The principle development of this new Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Collection concerns the no matter how you look at it coordination of molded developments. Despite the fact that a portion of the developments will be founded on cycle ones, the brand’s fabricating limits permit it to change these types and to offer a consistent joining into the case. Two of the new Kaplas are furnished with programmed developments and an incorporated chronograph, and the third highlights a hand-twisted type with an eight-day power hold, demonstrated on its 1998 archetype. Every one of the three are COSC-certified.
Three models are introduced: the Kalpa Chronor, the Kalpagraphe Chronomètre and the Kalpa Hebdomadaire.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Chronor
The first watch of the collection to be introduced is the Kapla Chronor: a watch that offers a complete expression and concentrates the savoir-faire and ability of the brand to perfection.
While it has similar style as the other two regarding case and dial, it has something rather exceptional inside. To be sure, much the same as the superb Tonda Chronor Anniversaire , its development is made of strong gold. It is, truth be told, the world’s first strong gold, self-winding, incorporated chronograph development. This development is new to the brand and makes its presentation in this Kalpa Chronor. It is an advanced, programmed (focal rotor) and incorporated chronograph, which beats at a high-recurrence of 5Hz – much the same as the development of the Tonda Chronor, on which it has clearly been created. With a force save of around 65 hours, this Haute Horlogerie development incorporates a segment haggle vertical clutch.
Seen from the back, it presents an all-gold look, with all the fundamental parts created in this honorable, yet flexible material (rotor, plate, spans). All the moving parts are as yet made from steel. With respect to the enrichment, it is HH in general. The wavering load in 22k gold highlights a grain guilloché theme. The extensions are totally open with hand-cleaned inclines and customary anglages (with inner and sharp angles).
The Kalpa Chronor is on the enormous side and measures 48.2mm x 40.4mm. Its case is made of 18k rose gold and the dark dial, with differentiating gold sub-dials, is in the vein of ongoing PF watches. This chronograph shows the hours and minutes, just as the mark half-second sub-dial and angled date. This watch will be delivered as a progression of 50 numbered pieces.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpagraphe Chronomètre
The second watch of this new collection is the “standard” adaptation of the Chronor. Still a chronograph, still in gold, yet with more old style highlights and decoration.
The instance of the Kalpagraphe Chronomètre is equivalent to the Chronor, by and by made in warm 18k rose gold. The shape and measurements are the equivalent (48.2mm x 40.4mm) yet this adaptation is anything but a restricted release. Additionally, the dial is unique, both in shading (a monochromatic blue dial) and example (the guilloché on the outskirts has been supplanted with concentric lines). The presentation is likewise the equivalent, with the half-second sub-dial and the curved date window at 12 o’clock.
Inside the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpagraphe Chronomètre is a more traditional rendition of the development we’ve seen previously. So, it has a similar specialized base – a programmed, coordinated chronograph actuated by a segment haggle vertical grip beating at 5Hz and flaunting a 65-hour power hold. However here, the extensions and plates are executed in rhodium-plated metal and are not open as they are on the Chronor rendition. The rotor is as yet made in 18k gold, with a grain guilloché motif.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Hebdomadaire
The last form, the Kalpa Hebdomadaire, could be viewed as the least complex of every one of the three launches…until you turn it over and find the brand name 8-day, hand-wound movement.
On the outside, we have a moderately prudent watch, with a period and date show, just as a force hold pointer (a compulsory component on a watch with a particularly long force save). The 18k rose gold case is somewhat more modest and measures 42.3mm x 32.1mm, affirming the more rich livelihood of this model. The dark dial is along these lines as the Chronor rendition, with a guilloché theme on the fringe and gold delta-molded hands.
The back uncovers a magnificent hand-wound development, effectively unmistakable by the adjusted state of the scaffolds – here, PF isn’t picking the path of least resistance. The 8-day power save is upheld up by the two arrangement mounted barrels. This development was created in 1998 by Michel Parmigiani and is currently back in the Kalpa collection, still with its outstanding enhancement – the inside sharp points all around are a banquet for connoisseurs.
The new Kalpa Collection by Parmigiani Fleurier will be officially presented at the SIHH 2018. Costs are relied upon to be uncovered during the show. More subtleties on www.parmigiani.com .