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Feminine classic

FEMININE CLASSIC

NHL superstar, three-time Stanley Cup winner and two-time world champion, not to mention best Pittsburgh Penguins forward, Evgeniy Malkin, and his wife, famous TV-presenter, Anna Kasterova, joined the prestigious club of Friends of the Brand of Parmigiani Fleurier. Evgeniy and Anna were invited to visit the watch manufacture in Fleurier, where they were able to witness the process of watchmaking with high standards of finishing for watch calibers, cases and dials.

For themselves they chose models from the 2018 flagship collection – Kalpa. #71 of Penguins, Geno, preferred a watch in rose gold with a blue dial, Kalpagraphe Chronometre with COSC certification. Anna chose a truly feminine classic of the brand – Kalparisma Nova in rose gold with the small second taking the form of rotating star on the dial.

evgeniy-and-anna-5_1After visiting the manufacture’s workshops, Evgeniy and Anna commented about their choice: “We got to know the process of production of Swiss watches at Parmigiani Fleurier. It was a surprise to find out how precise and unique timepieces can be. We are pleased to announce that together we accepted the proposal from this wonderful manufacture to become their friends of the brand.”

David Traxler, CEO of Parmigiani Fleurier, remarked: “Sports achievements are always a result of hard work and a strong character. It is a great honor for us that Evgeniy, an outstanding athlete, and Anna, a beautiful, talented TV star, became our friends of the brand. Parmigiani Fleurier is all about excellence, we’re proud to share these values with Anna and Evgeniy.”

Evgeniy Malkin is a Russian hockey player, Central forward of the NHL “Pittsburgh penguins” and the Russian national team. Three-time winner of the Stanley Cup (2009, 2016 and 2017) in the “Pittsburgh penguins”, two-time world champion (2012 and 2014), a participant in the three Olympic Games (2006, 2010, 2014). Honored master of sports of Russia (2012).

Taking its name from its founder, watchmaker and restorer Michel Parmigiani, the fine watchmaking brand was founded in 1996 in Fleurier, in the Swiss valley of Val-de-Travers. With its own watchmaking center ensuring its independence, the brand has both full control over the production process and unique creative freedom. For twenty years, the Parmigiani Fleurier signature has resided within timepieces that command the utmost respect, in harmony with watchmaking traditions. They are the labor of a lifetime – that of Michel Parmigiani, the talented individuals who assist him, and the special relationship between the Manufacture and the masterpieces of the past, enabling it to invent a bold future.

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AVENTURINE GLASS

In 2018, luxury Swiss watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier celebrates the tenth anniversary of the Kalparisma family, its first mechanical collection for women. The new Kalparisma Nova Galaxy is more feminine and captivating than ever. The watch features an aventurine dial. As is the case for many superb inventions, Aventurine glass was created by accident. In the 19th century, a glass-blower in the Italian city of Murano happened to spill some copper shavings into molten glass. This gave rise to Aventurine glass, now a much sought-after material, scattered with metal inclusions and named after the Italian expression “a l’avventura”, literally “by chance” – a tribute to this lucky twist of fate.

2017_PARMIGIANIA_KALPA_NOVA_GALAXY_WG_HD-2Parmigiani Fleurier is a pioneer in the use of Aventurine in watchmaking and has numerous special editions that showcase the material on their dials. These pieces are called “Galaxy” as a reminder of the sparkling constellations evoked by the material. Likewise, the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy represents a star-scattered sky that tells the story of the passage of time. The delta-shaped hands are skeletonized to better reveal the celestial display and to enhance the watch’s delicate femininity.

One of the principal high points of the Kalparisma collection is its small seconds at 6 o’clock, which takes the form of a star performing one revolution per minute. Halfway between a watch function and a marvelous decoration, the “Nova” is inspired by a piece from the Maurice-Yves Sandoz collection that was restored at the Parmigiani Fleurier workshops.

2017_PARMIGIANIA_KALPA_NOVA_GALAXY_RG_HD-4On the reverse of this pocket watch, a number of stars began to turn whenever the minute repeater was activated. Michel Parmigiani was captivated by this animation and knew that he would one day transcribe it into a women’s watch, many years before he began to design the Kalparisma. Restoration has always been the soul of Parmigiani Fleurier, inspiring its present-day creations. This little star has found its ultimate place at the heart of a dial designed to represent the galaxy. In astronomy, “Nova” refers to a star that suddenly becomes very bright. This burst of light aptly describes the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy.

The Kalparisma Nova Galaxy is available in two majestic versions that differ both in terms of case material, and specifically the stone-setting that adorns them. The first, in rose gold with its shimmering reflections, matches the indices and Nova star. The sides of the case are set with 46 Top Wesselton diamonds for a total of ~0.84 carats and a glittering play of light. The stone-set rose gold edition is limited to 50 pieces. It is joined by the even more exclusive white gold version: a total of 8 pieces with a dazzling “snow” setting. The entire case is set with painstakingly arranged diamonds in sizes expertly selected by the master stone-setter – smaller on the periphery, and gradually getting bigger as they near the case’s curves. Each of the 182 stones has a role to play in this ~2.28-carat fresco, which evokes glittering snow and blends harmoniously with the dial’s constellation.

The caliber PF332 is the first self-winding mechanical movement from Parmigiani Fleurier. Incorporated in the Kalparisma since 2008, it makes this model the brand’s first mechanical watch for women.

The unique feature of this movement is its series-mounted double barrel, which helps to stabilize the distribution of energy and ensure its uniform transmission to the regulator. It offers the finest haute horlogerie finishes: the bridges are sand-blasted, drawn out or “Côtes de Genève” decorated, then beveled by hand and, finally, rhodium-plated. The 22-carat gold oscillating weight features a guilloche barley grain motif. The craftsmanship reflects the high expectations that Michel Parmigiani has for his brand: each of the 220 components, however small or hidden, deserves the very finest finishes. This attention to detail is what makes the Kalparisma Collection so precious.

Taking its name from its founder, watchmaker and restorer Michel Parmigiani, the fine watchmaking brand was founded in 1996 in Fleurier, in the Swiss valley of Val-de-Travers. With its own watchmaking center ensuring its independence, the brand has both full control over the production process and unique creative freedom.

For twenty years, the Parmigiani Fleurier signature has been ingrained in respected timepieces inspired by established watchmaking tradition. They are the labor of a lifetime – that of Michel Parmigiani, the talented individuals who assist him, and the special relationship between the Manufacture and the masterpieces of the past, enabling it to invent a bold future.

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Tourbillon Cyclone

TOURBILLON CYCLONE

Parmigiani Fleurier has always sought to reinterpret natural phenomena, whether mechanically, through its perpetual calendars and its moon phases, or aesthetically, in symbolic illustrations of nature. The unique Kalpa Tourbillon Cyclone has a mother of pearl marquetry dial which, through its color gradation and subtle fragmentation, reflects the power of the natural phenomenon from which it takes its name.

One by one, the mother of pearl segments are placed around the tourbillon cage which represents the epicenter. Each of the 103 pieces of mother of pearl are selected for their precise shade to ensure the ensemble produces a gradation of blues, from light in the center, darkening as they move out towards the edge.

Tourbillon Cyclone 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.

The platinum case is set with 215 baguette diamonds, totaling 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. The name given to this shade by Hermès is no less striking: tempest blue. The unique Kalpa Tourbillon Cyclone is perfectly in keeping with its theme, right down to the last detail of the strap.

The Kalpa Tourbillon Cyclone is equipped with a 30-second tourbillon which is exclusive to the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking center 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-beveled – over 40 hours of work for the 18 internal angles – creating spectacular plays of light. Each surface is decorated in line with the highest Haute Horlogerie standards to which Parmigiani Fleurier scrupulously adheres.

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LASER TECHNOLOGY

LASER TECHNOLOGY

When creating the Bugatti Aerolithe Performance, Parmigiani Fleurier was inspired by its beauty and mystery; the case is made entirely from titanium, a metal found in the meteorites that race through our atmosphere. This high-tech piece uses laser technology to apply finishes beyond the capability of conventional machining. Underneath the crown and the pushers, the intermediate ring displays an inverted diamond point pattern, which is impossible to create by removing material with the usual methods.   

LASER TECHNOLOGYThe dial is split into two parts, and this continues onto the angled section of the bezel, where the indications are a nod to the exceptional performances of modern-day Bugattis. Its textured central section creates a beautiful sense of depth.  The ends of the diamond points in the pattern are polished to give the centre a subtle brilliance, while the exterior of the dial is selectively laser sand-blasted. The experience gained from the Senfine Concept Watch proved priceless in achieving something so complex, with the technologies developed for one-off  creations serving to benefit other timepieces.

The counters at 3 and 9 o’clock have keen angles and are  finished with a circular satin grain. Once again, lasers were used as satin-finishing within a recess would be impossible. The stepped counter at 3 o’clock is formed of three half-levels, each of which has a different textured effect. Finally, the rhodium-plated indications were formed using a technique which builds up the material by focussing a high-intensity laser beam on it.

There is a nod to the world of high-speed pursuits in the double tachometer, which has km/h indications in red and mph in blue in reference to the signature colors of Bugatti.  The double tachymeter (km and miles) on the minute chronograph counter runs continuously in periods of 30 minutes. So, if you wish to calculate the pace for 1 kilometer during one hour of walking, the figure indicated by the dual-color hand must be multiplied by two. The concept of applying the performance of a Bugatti to its owner’s walking pace juxtaposes measurement of a highly precise, technical time with that of time spent in contemplation, walking rather than racing.

The Delta-shaped hour and minute hands, the red 1 numeral on the date and the double hand at 9 o’clock all bear the stylistic hallmarks of Parmigiani Fleurier. Other striking elements contribute to the personality of this timepiece, such as the famous lugs featuring the dorsal seam of the Bugatti Aerolithe, the strap inspired by the embossed pattern of the manufacturer’s seats, and the deployant buckle, which is textured to match the dial.

The Bugatti Aerolithe Performance is driven by the proprietary PF335 movement, which boasts a flyback chronograph module. It is decorated with Cotes de Geneve, a classic  finish which complements this round watch, buoyed by the energy of the legendary car which served as its inspiration. The watch has a diameter of 41 mm and is water resistant to 30 meters. It features a black bracelet made of calfskin leather. One wonders whatever happened to the Hermes straps which once adorned all the Parmigiani watches! Also about four years ago, Parmigiani watches found buyers in the Middle East but in the last four years, they have lost ground to other Swiss watch makers and have become practically obsolete.