To celebrate the 30th birthday of Michel Parmigiani’s activity, once again this autumn his expertise will be highlighted by the exceptional production of a Tourbillon 30 seconds Chiaroscuro model specially dedicated to Haute Horlogerie.
This timekeeper combines all the aesthetic and technical qualities that Parmigiani Fleurier wanted to celebrate. Its movement, Calibre PF 501, was initially inspired by the weekly mechanical movement PF 110 (also magnified in a skeleton version, the first 2006 birthday model).
Entirely hand-made in the Parmigiani Fleurier workshops, it underlines technical expertise, technology and attractiveness. The Tourbillon, sober and elegant, honours the virtuosity and skill of the watchmaking craftsmen capable of its highly technical production. Its cage, visible on both sides of the movement, performs one rotation every 30 seconds, giving greater constancy of its settings.
The Parmigiani Fleurier Tourbillon is rendered rare and unique by the pierced aperture of its movement. The bottom plate reveals, on the dial side, the entire gear-train of the mechanism and the double barrel. Several apertures have also been executed on the bridges (barrel bridge, power reserve bridge, lower intermediate mobile bridge and ratchet bridge).
An open window on a form of watchmaking art, the culmination of Parmigiani Fleurier’s know-how can be seen from the care taken with each hand finishing operation on the movement’s components, chamfered and jewelled over their entire length.
An historic timekeeper for the brand, the Kalpa Tourbillon Chiaroscuro model just had to have a completely innovative appearance. Fully visible, the beauty of the movement is enhanced by a PVD colouring technique, the pierced bottom plate and bridges of Calibre PF 501 forming a mosaic of metallic colours never achieved previously. These new intrinsic pink, purple, light brown and grey colours arise out of long and complex laboratory research.
The PVD colouring technology, far more stable than electroplating, enables the component to receive a coat of metal on both its sides, through the introduction of a reactive gas into a vacuum atmosphere, aiding the evaporation, transport and condensation of the colour on the component. Only a transparent sapphire dial could allow expression of the aesthetic and technical power of the Kalpa Tourbillon 30 seconds model. Likewise very complex, its execution is extremely original, because it employs the layer-by-layer electrodeposition technique.
For the aesthetic harmony to be complete, the very “metallic” beauty of the movement is complied with, and rhodium deposition is performed meticulously for the indexes, the timer and the power reserve indication.Produced in 30 units in platinum 950, the Kalpa Tourbillon Chiaroscuro birthday model celebrates the combination of traditional watchmaking art and avant-garde technology.
Mechanical. Calibre: manual winding Parmigiani Fleurier 501, entirely hand-made, one-week power reserve
Tourbillon 30 seconds
Pierced bottom plate and bridges, hand-chamfered and jewelled over their entire length
Bottom plate and bridge colouring by PVD technology
Dimensions: 13 x 10 1/2 ’’’ / 29.30 mm x 23.60 mm
Height: 5.50 mm
Power reserve: 7 days
Hours, minutes, centre second hand, one-week power reserve indicator
Cut-out transparent sapphire
Timer area rhodium-plated by layer-by-layer electro-deposition under dial
Index, power reserve area and Parmigiani Fleurier cartouche rhodium-plated by layer-by-layer electrodeposition on dial
Tourbillon visible on dial
Hands: “delta” shaped hours and minutes, Parmigiani Fleurier skeleton in blued-finish steel. Centre second hand and power reserve in blued-finish steel.
Limited edition of 30 units in platinum 950
Hermès Havana alligator skin with folding buckle