Milestones are great achievements that ought to be heralded with the finest adulations, and this is most certainly true for Parmigiani Fleurier as they celebrate turning 20 years old. Though considered a youngling in comparison to several storied maisons, the Swiss manufacturer has conquered great strides in their two decades, counting among them their signature Kalpa timepieces.
In 2016, this iconic collection, which has accompanied the maison since their inception, also turns the big 2-0 and proves true the immutability of Parmigiani Fleurier's spirit. Crafting a trio of anniversary edition Kalpa pieces — Piccola, Donna and Hebdomadaire — for the momentous occasion, the watchmaker gives us three elegantly feminine pieces to covet.
The Kalpa Piccola Anniversaire and Donna Anniversaire
Beautifully wrought with the signature tonneau shape, the Kalpa Piccola and Donna are dazzling timepieces brimming with feminine charms. From the gleaming mother-of-pearl dial, engraved for a flinqué effect that simultaneously highlights the hour indexes, to the cut diamond studded upon its watch face, both icons redefine the maison's ingenuity and expertise.
Exquisite on the outside and inside, the delicate mechanisms of the Piccola and Donna are forged in rose gold with the PF601 calibre at its core. The entirety of the movement, including the main plate, bridges and gears are produced in Parmigiani's workshops and finished to their exacting standards. Perfection encased in a 6.9mm and 7.5mm thin silhouette respectively, both watches resonate the visual identity of the maison, bearing the trademark-shaped lug on its central bridge. Meticulously decorated with three rubies that elevate its sophisticated refinement, the myriad of variations of the Piccola and Donna are symbols of haute horlogerie wrapped in the skin of luxe femininity.
The Kalpa Hebdomadaire Anniversaire
A more discreet model, the Kalpa Hebdomadaire is no less exquisite than its sister watches. Likened to a hidden gem, this unique timepiece houses a movement of solid gold within its classic steel case frame. If you know where to look, the beauty of the Hebdomadaire will be revealed — peering into the transparent caseback is where an intricately worked middle mesmerises the eye. Stylised dragon wings fan across its interior with scrupulous attention to detail; a reflection of Parmigiani Fleurier's dedicated craftsmen.
A visual feast, this treasure of a watch runs on an exceptional movement of pure yellow gold. Sporting a hand wound PF110 calibre — one of Parmigiani Fleurier's flagship complications — it features a double-barrel movement that powers an 8-day reserve for optimal timekeeping. A technical sophistication that garners appreciation, the watch face displays the power reserve indicator crafted to resemble an open fan while a small seconds dial embedded at 6 o'clock brings the beauty of the Hebdomadaire full circle.
A realisation of the elements and prestige that made Parmigiani Fleurier a name of renown, a Kalpa Anniversaire edition timepiece is exemplary of the maison's 20 years of watchmaking finesse.
The Kalpa Anniversaire editions are available at the Parmigiani Fleurier boutique.