Saturday, June 24, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Tourbillon Cyclone

Dressed in a highly precious platinum case, this unique Tourbillon timepiece has a blue mother of pearl marquetry dial that proudly boasts a cyclone inspired design with its colour gradation and subtle fragmentation.

Viewing from front, the first element to capture your eyes is the 30 second tourbillon positioned just above 6’o clock. One by one, the mother of pearl segments are placed around the tourbillon cage which represents the epicentre of cyclone. Each of the 103 pieces of mother of pearl is selected for its precise shade to ensure the ensemble produces a gradation of blues, from light in the centre, darkening as they move out towards the edge. Each segment is cut into a trapezoid figure and positioned so as to produce the effect of an explosion. The fresco is arranged concentrically around the tourbillon, and features a fractal representation of the disturbance that only a cyclone, as a force of nature, can produce. Another highlight of the dial is the 7day power reserve indicator strategically placed on its upper part.
The Kalpa Tourbillon Cyclone is equipped with a 30-second tourbillon which is exclusive to the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking centre and a feat of production. Rotating twice per minute rather than once, this tourbillon doubles the compensating effect on the force of gravity usually offered by a tourbillon. This hand-wound movement has a double barrel mounted in series, giving it a power reserve of one week, a rare feat for a complication such as this. The movement‘s bridges are hand-bevelled – over 40 hours of work for the 18 internal angles – creating spectacular plays of light. The movement has a power reserve of 7 days.

The platinum case is set with 215 baguette diamonds, totalling 11.88 carats. The hours are indicated by faceted indices, and the power reserve highlighted by a diamond-polished, rhodium-plated applique. The Hermès strap is a remarkable shade of blue, in harmony with the tones of the marquetry dial.

Technical details
Model: KALPA TOURBILLON CYCLONE

Movement
PF500
30-second tourbillon movement, and power reserve indication
Winding: Manual
Power-reserve: One week
Frequency: 3 Hz – 21‘600 A/h
Dimensions: 13‘‘‘ x 10 ½‘‘‘ – 29.3 x 23.6 mm
Thickness: 5.55 mm
Components: 237
Jewels: 30
Barrel(s): 2 series-coupled barrels
Decoration: “Côtes de Genève”, hand-bevelled bridges

Functions
Hours, Minutes
Second centre
One week power reserve indication
Tourbillon

Case
Case set with 215 diamonds baguettes 11.88 cts
Shape: Tonneau
Dimensions: 44.7 x 37.2 mm
Thickness: 11.5 mm
Material: 950 Platinum
Finishing: Full set
Water-resistance: 30 m
Glass: Anti-reflective sapphire
Crown: Ø 7 mm
Back: Sapphire
Back engraving: Individual number and “MODELE UNIQUE”

Dial
Colour: Blue
Index: 18 ct gold appliques, diamond-polished, luminescent coating
Finishing: Mother of pearl marquetry
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Bracelet
Material: Alligator
Colour: Blue Storm
Brand: Hermès
Buckle type: Folding

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