Sunday, October 1, 2017

Parmigiani Fleurier Kalparisma Collection

The Kalparisma is the first Parmigiani Fleurier collection of mechanical watches dedicated entirely to women. It features the iconic tonneau-shaped case, a fundamental element of the Parmigiani Fleurier visual identity. The Kalparisma should not be seen as simply a slimmer, smaller version of the men's model. On the contrary, the piece has been entirely redesigned to imbue it with a unique, intrinsic femininity.
Experimenting with the brand's iconic codes is an ongoing passion. Parmigiani Fleurier has now incorporated its Kalpa form in a stunning, feminine creation. The Kalparisma collection has recaptured the essence of the form, adapted for women and housing an automatic movement (Calibre PF 331).
The Kalpa collection is the first Parmigiani Fleurier shaped watch. It was designed in 1997 by Michel Parmigiani, who based its profile on the golden ratio, an arrangement of harmonious proportions. The iconic teardrop-shaped lugs of the Kalpa remain a reference in terms of ergonomics and comfort on the female wrist.
The Kalparisma recalls and symbolises the two essential principles espoused by Parmigiani Fleurier: watchmaking mechanics and the quest for feminine harmony in the pure aesthetic of its lines.
The Kalparisma is available in two main versions: The Kalparisma Nova and the Kalparisma Agenda. The first version owes its name to the small star at 6 o'clock, which represents the seconds and rotates to their rhythm. This highly feminine detail recalls either a starfish or a star in the heavens. The more practical Kalparisma Agenda has a date indicator at 6 o'clock, a detail appreciated by today's modern woman and crowned on certain models by a classic small second window. The date window is of a luminous powdered gold colour, and three digits wide for optimal date reading.
Thanks to its diverse versions, the Kalparisma can adapt its look to match the tastes and desires of each individual woman. These include a case in 18 ct rose gold or polished steel, for a modern touch; the dials feature either white or black flinqué decoration or scintillating mother of pearl. A choice of richly coloured leather straps adds a desired touch of character and sophistication to the timepiece. The upper sides of the case can be set with Wesselton VVS diamonds of a rare purity.
The setting is such a defining feature of the Kalparisma that Parmigiani Fleurier has created a more jewelled version, the Kalparisma Ouranos, to reflect this. The setting on this model, exclusively in rose gold, is artfully scattered, radiating light from the mother-of-pearl dial to the case, and continuing along the rose gold bracelet to form a beautiful constellation of diamonds. 
The calibre PF331 is the first self-winding mechanical movement from Parmigiani Fleurier. Incorporated in the Kalparisma since 2009, it makes this model the brand's first mechanical watch for women.
The movement has a modular design which allows for a diverse range of Kalparisma versions. The date is an optional addition, and does not affect the overall kinetics. It can be equipped with a small second at 6 o'clock or a large central second, while maintaining the delicate balance of the dial.
This movement offers the finest haute horlogerie finishes you would expect from Parmigiani Fleurier, and ones which very few brands would apply to such a mechanism. The bridges are sandblasted, drawn out or "Côte de Genève" decorated, then bevelled by hand and, finally, rhodium-plated. The oscillating weight in gold or steel, depending on the model, features barley grain guilloché decoration.
Technical details
References   
PFC125-1000700
PFC125-1001400
PFC125-1003300
PFC125-1020700
PFC125-1021400
PFC125-1023300
PFC125-1043300
PFC124-0000700
PFC124-0001401
PFC124-0020700
PFC124-0021400
PFC124-0023300
PFC123-1000700
PFC123-1003300
PFC123-1020700
PFC123-1023300

Movement   
PF332
Winding: Self-winding
Power reserve: 55 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28,800 Vib/h
Dimensions: 11 ½ ''' - Ø 25.6 mm
Thickness: 3.5 mm
Components: 220
Jewels: 32

Functions
Hour, minute, small second
Date window (K. Agenda)

Case
Shape: Tonneau
Dimensions: 37.5 x 31.2 mm
Material: 18 ct rose gold or steel
Finish: Polished
Water resistance: 30 m
Case-back: Sapphire
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Setting: Wesselton VVS diamonds on some models

Dial

Material: Mother-of-pearl or brass
Finish: Sunray guilloché
Indices: Rose gold gilded applique
Hands: Delta-shaped with luminescent coating

Strap
Material: Steel, 18 ct gold, Alligator, Calfskin, Lizard skin
Colour: Black, white, étoupe
Buckle: Ardillon or folding buckle

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