SIHH '18 - Precious Time: Parmigiani Kalpa Chronor

Going back to the fundamentals of high watchmaking.

BY Celine Yap | Jan 22, 2018 | Feature

Images by Parmigiani

It is the year of Kalpa for Parmigiani in 2018 and so it’s only fitting for the manufacture to premiere its first full in-house integrated chronograph movement in this collection. The Kalpa Chronor is a 50-piece limited edition powered by the new Calibre PF365.

This is a five-hertz (36,000vph) high-frequency COSC-certified chronograph that is as precise as it is precious. More interestingly, Parmigiani has produced this movement in the tonneau-shape which fits the Kalpa case perfectly, and is a discreet showcase of its commitment to luxury haute horlogerie.

Crafted with gold bridges and plates, this beautiful calibre features partial skeletonisation, showing off the manufacture’s immense horological depth. There are exactly 54 sharp internal angles all over the movement – proof of traditional hand-finishing – and the gold dial is decorated with hand-guilloché. Also in solid gold are the indexes which are hand applied around the dial.

Photos don’t do this 50-piece limited edition justice, as its beauty is the kind that one needs to personally see in order to believe. If only more watchmaking companies were as devoted to the tenets of horology like Parmigiani.