Parmigiani Fleurier voted ‘Best Watch of 2016’ by Wall Street Journal
WALL STREET JOURNAL NAMES PARMIGIANI FLEURIER KALPA XL HEBDOMADAIRE ANNIVERSAIRE TIMEPIECE AS “BEST WATCH OF 2016”
Michael Cleric of Wall Street Journal’s Off Duty section chooses the watches that most impressed him this past year. Parmigiani Fleurier’s Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire Anniversaire being one of his favorite!
In the watch world, “luxury” is an overused and abused adjective no one bothers to define. Here’s an attempt: A luxury watch has well-thought-out design; tastefully presented precious materials; is relatively rare and likely to last for many decades. A prime example is Parmigiani Fleurier’s Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire Anniversaire.
Let’s start with the stainless-steel case. Its ‘tonneau’ shape (French for barrel) is roughly rectangular with curved sides. Parmigiani beefed up the basic tonneau by adding prominent, architectural lugs contrast with soft curves.
The dial is black gold, the result of a painstacking process that turns yellow gold black. It’s decorated with a type of hand engraving known as guilloche. The wavy pattern echoes the case’s curves. Reinforcing the curvilinear theme, the power-reserve indicator at 12 o’clock is a semicircle; and both the rose-gold numerals and the date aperture at 6 o’clock are curved. The hands in contrast are straight and angular. The watch reflects an obsessive approach to design.
Inside the Hebdomadaire is a rose-gold Parmigiani movement, elaborately decorated and on show beneath a sapphire crystal case back. Only ten of these watches will be produced. In my opinion, they’re well worth the price tag of $65,000.
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