“A gold movement inside a steel case is like a precious item, jealously guarded in a safe. The impenetrable inner riches of a person are a well-hidden treasure. A rare beauty only found by those who know where to look.”
Michel Parmigiani

HIDDEN TREASURE

True riches do not need to be revealed; they are precious because they are discreet. To mark its twentieth anniversary, the Parmigiani Fleurier manufacture is presenting a limited edition of 10 pieces christened Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire Anniversaire. This limited edition follows the unique piece bearing the same name which had inaugurated their exceptional defining feature: a solid gold movement within a steel case middle.
This treasure inside reflects the craftsman’s vocation – a work philosophy dear to Michel Parmigiani. The craftsman’s work is discreet, carried out in the shadows, but he is committed in his attention to every detail, even those hidden parts that the owner of the piece will never see. In his work, he strives to enhance the piece and achieve the heights of excellence, whether or not the result is visible, as he knows that its true value is intrinsic and not merely superficial. The Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire Anniversaire celebrates the craftsman’s humble devotion and the special beauty of hidden treasures.

AN ICONIC MODEL

The Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire model is an iconic model on several counts. Parmigiani Fleurier’s first wristwatch, its “tonneau” shape was designed in 1997 by Michel Parmigiani who began by imagining the profile of its case middle, before conceiving its surface. This founding design gave rise to the brand’s stylistic codes which now form its visual identity.

Created in the image of the case which envelops it, the movement of the hand-wound Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire remains one of Parmigiani Fleurier’s flagship calibres thanks to its exemplary design. This double-barrel movement ensures an 8-day power reserve and features a patented display system. It incorporates prestigious technical components which optimise its timekeeping.

GOLDEN MOVEMENT

The ten movements of the Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire Anniversaire Limited Edition are made of rose gold, thus distinguishing them from the unique piece’s yellow gold movement. The creation of these exceptional movements posed a great challenge. The fact that gold is the most malleable and ductile of materials had a huge impact on the tools used to shape it. Working with gold involved recalibrating the machines and checking each cutting parameter.
The decoration crowning this piece was the fruit of countless hours’ work by the craftsmen. Each bridge was engraved with a pattern in acanthus leaves, forming a stunning network of meticulous strokes.
The contrast is completed by the understated dial in back-gold colour, which perfectly conceals the spectacle hidden beneath. There is almost no clue – apart from the rose gold indices on the dial – a subtle invitation to open the case and admire the treasure within.