True riches do not need to be revealed; they are precious because they are discreet. To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture is presenting a unique piece – the Kalpa Hebdomadaire Anniversaire – which hides a solid gold movement within its steel case middle.
An iconic model
The Kalpa Hebdomadaire model is an iconic model on several counts. Parmigiani Fleurier’s first wristwatch, its “tonneau” shape was designed in 1997 by Michel Parmigiani who began by imagining the profile of its case middle, before conceiving its surface. This founding design gave rise to the brand’s stylistic codes which now form its visual identity. Created in the image of the case which envelops it, the movement of the hand-wound Kalpa Hebdomadaire remains one of Parmigiani Fleurier’s flagship calibres thanks to its exemplary design. This double-barrel movement ensures an 8-day power reserve and features a patented display system. It incorporates prestigious technical components which optimize its timekeeping.
Made entirely from yellow gold, the creation of this exceptional movement posed an equally exceptional challenge. The fact that gold is the most malleable and ductile of materials had a huge impact on the tools used to shape it. Working with gold involved recalibrating the machines and checking each cutting parameter.
The decoration crowning this piece was the fruit of countless hours’ work by the craftsmen. Each bridge was engraved with a dragon wing pattern, forming a stunning network of meticulous strokes. The contrast is completed by the understated tan-coloured dial which perfectly conceals the spectacle hidden beneath. There is almost no clue – apart from the solid gold indices on the dial – a subtle invitation to open the case and admire the treasure within.