Most watch companies have a tendency to make round watches. Market research has shown they are the most popular and the sales figures back this up. However, in the esoteric domain of haute horlogerie, the desires of the mass market have less relevance. Indeed, this is a world far removed from the lives of ordinary people where the overriding considerations are aesthetic allure and technical virtue. It is these considerations which pervade Parmigiani Fleurier.
The dial resembles a sea of inky blackness. The central area of the dial, presented in sunken, circular form possesses a smooth surface and is described as opaline. Positioned below the fulcrum of the dial is a small seconds display, featuring a snailed motif.
As stated earlier,The curving lines of the barrel-shaped case integrate with the light wonderfully. The articulated lugs sit atop the bezel and arc downwards, courtesy of their lachrymose profile. Perpendicular to the curving vertical flanks of the case are cambered bezel surfaces. The complexity of the case design differentiates this model from many other tonneau-shaped watches. The sapphire crystal arcs both laterally and lengthways, mimicking the contours of the adjacent bezel.
A Parmigiani Fleurier movement is always a pleasure to behold. The horological rectitude of each calibre is most impressive. The hand-wound PF110 movement upholds the brand’s enviable reputation.
The legibility of the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Hebdomadaire is excellent. The Delta-shaped hands and applied indices collaborate superbly, conferring meaning with clear tone. Beyond the practicality of the various indications, the Swiss company has enriched the dial with a myriad of eye-catching details. In particular, the ‘guilloché tresse’ is exquisite, enhancing the dial surface with a beautiful texture.