Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa New Edition – Kalpa Chronor, Kalpagraphe Chronomètre and Kalpa Hebdomadaire

Kalpa, the Flagship line watch collection from Parmigiani Fleurier since its creation in 2001, now comes in a re-designed edition. Unveiled at SIHH 2018 event in Geneva, the new edition presently offers three fresh interpretations of the Kalpa Chronor, Kalpagraphe Chronomètre and Kalpa Hebdomadaire men’s models.

The latest version carefully reinterprets the original design features, and each Kalpa is now fitted exclusively with shaped movements, developed in-house. Its hallmark features – the tonneau case, the teardrop lugs and the understated dial with Delta-shaped hands – are the result of careful consideration of ergonomics, proportions and optimal readability, and come together to form the perfect showcase for these new manufacture calibres.

Kalpa Chronor

As the first tonneau-shaped watch produced by Michel Parmigiani, the iconic Kalpa timepiece is distinguished by its trademark designs such as tonneau case featuring teardrop-shaped lugs, the understated and refined dial features, and its seamless integration with the bracelet, whether metal or leather. When it comes to technical side, the distinctive tonneau shape of the case is based on the first shaped wristwatch movement developed by Fleurier’s master watchmaker back in 1998. Since its launch, the Kalpa collection has expanded with a range of both men’s and ladies’ watches and has become the brand’s flagship unisex model.

Two decades ago, Parmigiani Fleurier created the calibre PF110, the first in-house wristwatch movement. Featuring a distinctive tonneau shape and innovative power reserve indicator, this premium hand-wound watch movement boasts an eight-day power reserve and excellent rate regularity thanks to the double barrel. This unique movement has also paved the way to develop the tonneau shaped case of Kalpa. In developing it, Michel Parmigiani started with a spherical cap shape and focused firstly on the profile of the watch and the attractive integration of the lugs, to achieve an ergonomically perfect whole. And thus tonneau shaped case and the famous teardrop-shaped lugs were born.

Kalpagraphe Chronomètre

In technical side, the new models are now fitted with shaped movements that integrate precisely with the carefully crafted outlines of its tonneau case. Each of the watches has a previously unseen tonneau movement, manufactured entirely in-house: the calibres PF365 (solid gold), PF362 and PF110. Two have automatic movements with an integrated chronograph, and the third is a hand-wound calibre with an eight-day power reserve, modelled on its 1998 predecessor; all three are COSC-certified.

The tonneau case sits perfectly on the wrist, has had its outline and curves reworked. The lines are tautened and contemporary, and now include a slight concavity which adds character and dynamism to the overall appearance. The familiar short and curved teardrop lugs have also been resized and realigned, to achieve a more perfect fit with the case. The crown has been enlarged and more of the tonneau opening is visible – particularly at the back, where the movement can be seen, seamlessly integrated with the case. The 22 ct gold oscillating weight (in self-winding models) is adorned with Parmigiani Fleurier’s signature barley grain motif.

Kalpa Hebdomadaire

Every detail of the dial has been conceived with elegance and clarity in mind, with different levels of surfaces and finishes, alternating between guilloché, snailing and opaline work punctuated with hand-applied faceted indices. The guilloché work blends perfectly with the design of the movement and oscillating weight. The characteristic delta-shaped hands have been resized and given a luminescent coating. To further increase the readability of the functions, the date window has been moved away from the small second display and placed at the top of the dial. It is rounded and the opening reveals three numerals, of which the 1 has either a bright red or a gold powder finish depending on the model, to mark the start of each month.

Kalpa Chronor

The new Kalpa Chronor features the world’s first solid-gold, self-winding, integrated chronograph movement. This tonneau watch is water-resistant to 30 metres and made of hand-polished 18 ct rose gold.

It measures 48.2 x 40.4 mm and houses an exceptional mechanism that has been developed and manufactured entirely in-house. The COSC-certified calibre PF365 is the result of six years’ development, and oscillates at the high frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 Hz) to achieve a reading accuracy of one tenth of a second.

With a power reserve of around 65 hours, this Haute Horlogerie movement in gold includes a column wheel and vertical clutch as well as offering precision gauges and user comfort. It also features a variable-inertia balance, held in place by a cross-through bridge, for improved stability and shock resistance.

In terms of the dial, the calibre PF365 provides hour, minute, small second and chronograph functions with a tachymeter and date window. At the back, a wide tonneau opening with a sapphire crystal at the top reveals this new shaped movement, wound by an oscillating weight in 22 ct gold that features a barley grain guilloché motif.

The 18 ct gold bipartite dial in black is elegantly finished with an opaline centre, hand-worked braid-effect guilloché detail on the flange, and snailed counters. The counters have been enlarged and positioned slightly above the centre point, offering easier readability, while the rounded date window with its gold outline at 12 o’clock reveals below it a disc with white numerals and a gold powder finish for the ‘1’.

The luminescent Delta hands point to hand-applied 18 ct rose gold faceted indices, which also have a luminescent coating and match the folding buckle on the Hermès black alligator strap. The Kalpa Chronor is produced as a series of 50 numbered pieces.

Technical details
Kalpa Chronor
Reference: PFH187-1001400-HA1442

Movement   
PF365 in solid gold
Winding: Self-winding
COSC-Certified
Power reserve: 65 hours
High frequency: 5 Hz – 36,000 A/h
Dimensions: 17 ½ ”’ x 14”’; 39.7 x 31.9 mm
Components: 348
Decoration: 84 internal angles
Jewels: 32

Functions
Hour, minute, small second
Date, Integrated chronograph

Case
Shape: Tonneau
Dimensions: 48.2 x 40.4 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Material: 18-ct rose gold
Finish: Polished
Water resistance: 30 m
Case-back: Sapphire
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number, ‘CHRONOMETRE’ and ‘EDITION LIMITEE XX/50’

Dial
Base: 18-ct solid gold
Colour: Black
Finish: Opaline centre, snailed counters
Indices: 18-ct solid rose gold with luminescent coating
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Type: Alligator leather
Brand: Hermès
Colour: Black
Buckle: 18-ct rose gold folding buckle

Kalpagraphe Chronometre
Dressed in an 18ct rose gold case and featuring an abyss blue dial, the new Kalpagraphe Chronomètre is powered by a new shaped movement bearing the hallmarks of Parmigiani Fleurier – the calibre PF362, a COSC-certified, self-winding, integrated chronograph offering hour, minute, small second and chronograph functions as well as a tachymeter scale and date display, with a 65-hour power reserve.

Entirely developed and manufactured in-house over a period of six years, this calibre works at a frequency of 36,000 vibrations per hour (5 Hz) and demonstrates an accuracy of one tenth of a second; it also features a column wheel and vertical clutch to ensure accuracy and user comfort.

In addition, its variable-inertia balance is secured by a bridge which provides strength and stability against shocks.

Seamlessly integrated with the hand-polished 48.2 x 40.4 mm tonneau case, and water-resistant to 30 metres, this advanced mechanism reveals, through the sapphire case-back, the elegant finish and the 22 ct gold oscillating weight with its barley grain guilloché motif.

As for the display, the dial is divided into different levels and features an Abyss blue centre treated with PVD with an opaline finish, a radial guilloché-worked flange punctuated with hand-applied faceted indices, two snailed counters enclosed within a fine gold edging, an angled tachymeter scale, a semi-instantaneous date window, and a small seconds sector with its own hand.

The luminescent Delta-shaped hands, the counters placed slightly off-centre, and the rounded date indicator containing three numerals come together to form this balanced, easily readable display. The finishing touchis a Hermès alligator strap in Abyss blue with a rose gold folding buckle.

Technical details

Kalpagraphe Chronometre
Reference: PFC193-1002500-HA3242

Movement   
PF362
Winding: Self-winding
COSC-Certified
Power reserve: 65 hours
High frequency: 5 Hz – 36,000 A/h
Dimensions: 17 ½ ”’ x 14”’; 39.8 x 31.9 mm
Components: 332
Jewels: 32

Functions
Hour, minute, small second
Date, Integrated chronograph

Case
Shape: Tonneau
Dimensions: 48.2 x 40.4 mm
Thickness: 14 mm
Material: 18-ct rose gold
Finish: Polished
Water resistance: 30 m
Case-back: Sapphire
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number and “CHRONOMETRE”

Dial
Colour: Blue
Finish: Opaline centre, snailed counters
Indices: 18-ct rose gold plated with luminescent coating
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Type: Alligator leather
Brand: Hermès
Colour: Blue
Buckle: 18-ct rose gold folding buckle

KALPA HEBDOMADAIRE
The new Kalpa Hebdomadaire pays tribute to the history of the Kalpa and the company’s first tonneau-shaped movement. Developed by Michel Parmigiani in 1998 and honoured with an innovation award the following year, the hand-wound calibre PF110 is characterised by its impressive eight-day power reserve, made possible by the two series-mounted barrels. This is one Haute Horlogerie calibre that is particularly iconic for the brand, and offers hour and minute functions, small seconds at 6 o’clock, a date display and a weekly power reserve indicator.

In keeping with the other new-generation Kalpa watches, the refined design features of its mechanism – ‘Côtes de Genève’ pattern, bevelled bridges and circular-graining – are exposed through a sapphire case-back, with the wide tonneau opening revealing its seamless integration with the case.

Oscillating at a frequency of 21,600 vibrations per hour (3 Hz), this signature shaped movement is housed within a case that is no less iconic itself, crafted in 18 ct rose gold and entirely hand-polished. As the face of the collection, the rich black dial is hinged on different levels and has an opaline finish in the centre, on the small seconds counter and on the power reserve scale, as well as a hand-worked braid-effect guilloché detail on the flange.

Equally distinctive are the luminescent Delta-shaped hands pointing to hand-applied faceted indices with a luminescent coating and the ‘railway’ minute track in the centre, while the instantaneous date display at 12 o’clock houses the famous bright red ‘1’ numeral.

The new Kalpa Hebdomadaire is water-resistant to 30 metres and attractively proportioned (42.3 x 32.1 mm), fastening neatly on the wrist with its Hermès black alligator strap with a rose gold folding buckle, for unparalleled comfort and style.

Technical details
Kalpa Hebdomadaire
Reference: PFC101-1001400-HA1441

Movement 
PF110
Winding: Manual
Power reserve: 8 days
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21,600 A/h
Barrels: 2 series-coupled barrels
Dimensions: 13”’ x 10 ½ ”; 29.3 x 23.6 mm
Components: 267
Jewels: 28

Functions
Hour, minute, small seconds at 6 o’clock
Date, Power reserve indicator

Case
Shape: Tonneau
Dimensions: 42.3 x 32.1 mm
Thickness: 11.4 mm
Material: 18-ct rose gold
Finish: Polished
Water resistance: 30 m
Case-back: Sapphire
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number and ‘HEBDOMADAIRE’

Dial
Colour: Black
Finish: Opaline centre, snailed counters
Indices: 18-ct rose gold plated with luminescent coating
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Type: Alligator leather
Brand: Hermès
Colour: Black
Buckle: 18-ct rose gold folding buckle

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