Parmigiani Kalpagraphe Chronometre & Kalpa Chronor Watches Hands-On

Parmigiani Kalpagraphe Chronometre & Kalpa Chronor Watches Hands-On

At SIHH 2018 Parmigiani Fleurier appeared two new Kalpa assortment watches, with a $50,000 value hole, isolated by the degree of extravagance and selectiveness one may be keen on. The more open of the two is the Parmigiani Kalpagraphe Chronometre and the more elite of the two is the Parmigiani Kalpa Chronor. What truly isolates these two very much like watches? The measure of gold and to a degree enlivening exertion. Both will probably make proprietors very upbeat, while the Kalpagraphe Chronometre (generally talking) is a decent incentive for the money.

All pictures by Ariel Adams

The Kalpa case is among the primary that made the Parmigiani brand stick out. Its combination of exquisite bends (in light of Fibonacci arrangement numbers-based bends) and tear-drop style hauls offered another viewpoint on a tonneau-style case plan. Throughout the long term Parmigiani has played with the Kalpa plan, alongside numerous others –assisting it with standing apart as being quite possibly the most effectively discernable, yet still “insider crowd” extravagance watch marks around. One of Parmigiani’s objectives in the course of the most recent couple of years was to step toward a smidgen more standard style advance. They’ve done this fundamentally concerning the dial designs –which on the new Kalpagraphe Chronometre and Kalpa Chronor are among the most reasonable, and utilitarian to date (though with a lot of brand personality).


Despite the tonneau-formed case, Parmigiani planned the actual dials to be round, with a casing of hour markers and dial finishing around the principle dial on the essence of the watches. We feel like this finds some kind of harmony among character and usefulness. We even offer praise to Parmigiani for obstinately keeping up the “open” date window, which is a troublesome plan component to pull off accurately – and was appropriately deserted by numerous different brands trying to actualize it into a dial plan. At the point when coordinated accurately, an open date window can be bended, considering a plan component on the dial which isn’t excessively square to diminish the tasteful agreement of other bended components on the face.

I am not altogether sure why Parmigiani chose to give these watches rather various names. In spite of the fact that I do comprehend why the all-gold development model has the Chronor name. This name is by all accounts saved for uncommon watches Parmigiani produces with every gold development. Look at for instance last year’s 2017 Parmigiani Tonda Chronor watch here , that contained an alternate rendition of this development, and the Tonda-style case.

Inside the Kalpagraphe Chronometre and Kalpa Chronor are the in-house planned and delivered (just as finished) Parmigiani type PF362 and PF365 developments separately. Each is a completely coordinated programmed winding 12-hour chronograph that likewise incorporates the time and date. The developments are each COSC Chronometer-ensured. Parmigiani is sincerely attempting to zero in both on the stylish and execution allure of the developments. Notwithstanding the brand’s top notch development surface completing, the PF362 and PF365 types have 65 hours of force hold and work at 5Hz (36,000bph) –simply like other “high-beat” developments, for example, the Zenith El Primero. Every one of the developments have more than 330 sections, with the PF365 having a couple of more parts given the more isolated plan of the scaffolds. It’s ideal to see the tonneau-molded developments filling the sum of the back of the Kalpa-style cases as seen through the sapphire precious stone caseback window.


Operating the chronograph system is exquisite, and I appreciate Parmigiani completely putting resources into terrifically significant points of the development going from execution to enhancement, just as straightforward activity. While the PF362 (with its gold rotor) exists in the lower-valued Kalpagraphe Chronometre watch, the PF365 sits in the Kalpa Chronor with its for the most part gold-material development and novel extension plans. The PF365 is obviously the more selective of the two developments, with its substantial accentuation on noteworthy visuals (and gold).

In expansion to the gold development in the Kalpa Chronor, it additionally has a strong gold dial (where as the Kalpagraphe Chronometre has gold records and hands as it were). The dials on both are exceptionally high-caliber in their development, with truly careful itemizing, and somewhat extraordinary visual plans for each. On the wrist these new Kalpa watches are somewhat bigger than their measurements may suggest –and we recommend them for medium to enormous estimated wrists. The bigger haul constructions will in any case extend out past the wrist of more modest estimated wrists, for example, my own. On the right measured wrist the 40.4mm wide and 48.2mm long tonneau-style cases look especially amazing. It’s the counter round case for individuals who actually like bends in their plan. Every one of the watches is a not very enormous 14mm thick. Delivered in strong 18ct rose gold, the very much cleaned cases are water impervious to 30m. Parmigiani tried to make reference to how they don’t confirmed any of the gold material to set aside cash (as some different brands do). It shows (feels) as you grasp either the Kalpa Chronor or Kalpagraphe Chronometre as the weight is noteworthy (strong gold baby!).

The world “oligarch” came up more than once during our gathering with Parmigiani while seeing these fine watches. There is a particularly boisterous, but glad presence to these looks as they are impressive wrist proclamations unto themselves. That they are delivered by a fine house known for their quality and uniqueness is the place where the glad piece of the condition comes in. It is something special to be uproarious, it is really something else to be boisterous while as yet communicating a level of good taste. Cost for the Parmigiani Kalpagraphe Chronometre is $35,000 USD, and cost for the restricted version of 50 pieces Kalpa Chronor is $85,000 USD. parmigiani.ch