HANDS-ON : Parmigiani Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire


I recently had the opportunity to view a number of Parmigiani Fleurier pieces in Sydney as a part of a brand celebration in conjunction with The Hour Glass, and today’s watch is the first of these that I shall introduce to you. If the name of today’s watch isn’t a mouthful to remember, you could always try remembering the reference number instead : PFC101-1200100-HA1241. But if you speak French, then you will know that ‘Hebdomadaire’ means ‘weekly’.

The manual wind calibre PF 110 was Parmigiani’s first in-house calibre, with an eight day power reserve. It made its first appearance in the Ionica case in 1999 and was subsequently introduced to the Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire. The movement has been shaped to follow the curved tonneau shape of the case. It is this shaping, in conjunction with the ‘grilled’ nature of of the dial, that drew me to it – the layers of the dial, the lines and curves, the use of more than one metal colour, but not in a garish fashion.

The hour markers are a mix of stylised Arabic numerals, dagger and triangles, and rose gold plated. At 12 o’clock is a power reserve indicator and at 6 o’clock, a small date aperture which is visible within the seconds sub dial. The lumed hands, whose shape Parmigiani calls Delta-shaped, are perhaps a little short for my tastes given the elongated nature of the rest of the watch, but this is characteristic of the range, and purely a subjective call on my part.

For those unfamiliar with Parmigiani’s cases, the white gold case is a fairly large 44.7mm x 37.2mm, with a thickness of 11.2mm. There’s a good bit of heft and wrist presence to these watches.

A question that some have asked of me is how and why, when confronted with sometimes up to two dozen options or more wristwatches at a brand event or session, I select particular watches to write about. Well in this instance the contrasting white metal/ rose gold metal of the grill, date wheel, numbers and indices, the almost semi-industrial look of the grille. Contrasting textures and shapes – these grabbed my attention. The case itself is large but dressy, but the grills give it that slightly industrial counterpoint which appeals to many watch lovers. This is an attractive piece.

Oh, and the leather strap it comes on? Hermès, with an ardillon buckle.

Categories: Hands-on, Parmigiani, Sydney, Watch Profile, watches

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