Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Kalpagraphe Chronometre: A Bigger Beat

05.06.2019

A statement piece with a strong hi-tech vibe by the masters of traditional elegance.


With a large 48.2 x 40.9 x14.1 mm tonneau-shaped case, this piece may seems rather massive against the majority of Parmigiani watches. It’s fair to say, the brand from Fleurier is first and foremost loved for its dressy watches. Now add titanium to the recipe and you’ve got one of the boldest moves by Parmigiani in recent years. The slate dial has typical indications of a three-eye chronograph, however half of them are executed in a totally different way, not mentioning the dozens of tiny cut-outs adding some extra dimension to the dial itself. While the 30-minute and 12-hour counters at 3 and 9 are pretty traditional, small seconds are cleverly displayed via a double-edged hand and two-row scale (no mechanical changes required). The date disc has a trademark aperture showing more than one numeral at once.


The in-house automatic movement PF362 is shaped to perfectly fit the case and is arranged on a single mainplate. It runs on a slightly faster-than-usual frequency of 5 Hertz, has a 65-hour power reserve, and is officially certified as a chronometer by COSC. As you’d expect from Parmigiani Fleurier, the finishings are superb and the rotor is made of solid gold. The watch comes on a black rubber band.