Kalpa XL Tourbillon Hebdomadaire
Material: Rose gold
FROM THE CURATOR
For many reasons, the Parmigiani Fleurier Tondagraph GT is an important watch to the brand and myself. The GT was the catalyst that birthed this newfound appreciation and fame for the brand in recent years. It was the perfect amalgamation of what the brand could do and what customers wanted. The GT design paid homage to essential reference points in the PF catalog that came before it but did so in a way that allowed it to have its own identity. This particular reference was also the first modern Parmigiani that I had the pleasure of owning and reinvigorated my PF collecting journey.
In the not-so-distant future, I believe that the original 250 pieces created for the initial launch of the GT will become highly collectible. However, this offering is not one of those pieces. There was a time before the general release of the GT when past Parmigiani customers were given a chance to own a piece of watch-making history. 25 Hand Finished Parmigiani Tondagraph GTs were quietly released to only a select group of Parmigiani enthusiasts. The offering we have here is one of those 25 original examples. Visually the 25 "HF" variants bear no distinction from the 250 GT Pieces offered to the general public. It is not until you turn the watch over to the business end of the GT that you see the letters "HF" inscribed around the case back. Here you can appreciate the Calibre PF043, which has been painstakingly assembled, beveled, chamfered, and black-polished by hand.
This piece is even more outstanding because it remains SEALED and in brand-new condition. Watch enthusiasts will appreciate this level of condition for such a piece as this is the preferred condition of highly collectible Patek Philippe watches.
Model: Kalpa XL Tourbillon Rose Gold Hebdomadaire
Functions: Hours, minutes, seconds
Material: 18ct Rose Gold
Dimensions: 53mm x 37.2mm; 11mm thick
Dial: Black micro Grain d'Orge guilloché dial
Power reserve: 192hours (8 Days)
Water resistance: 30 meters
Bracelet: 18ct Rose gold bracelet
Lug width: N/A
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
This Parmigiani is in very good condition. The bracelet is very tight, with no discernable large dings or dents. It comes as a full set with its inner boxes, manual, and guarantee. It is in full working order.
The Parmigiani Fleurier brand - a watch-making adventure that transcends the mundane - was created in Fleurier in 1996 and was guided by the passion of a man who remained faithful to the very essence of the watchmaker. Michel Parmigiani, master horologist, renowned restorer, and talented creator of mechanical time-keepers dedicates his knowledge, which has been enriched by past and present events, to the benefit of the brand. In 1996, the Sandoz Family Foundation actively became involved in Parmigiani's development, thereby allowing the first watch collections to see the light of day. In less than a decade, Parmigiani Fleurier was able to fit out its manufacturing workshops with the means to produce exceptionally high-quality goods. With its complete vertical alignment, the industrial equipment deployed constitutes one of the rarest and most complete manufacturing workshops of top-quality watches in Switzerland. The very essence of top-quality horology, such as attention to detail or the beauty of the embellishment of a simple or highly complicated movement, is the subject of great attention at Parmigiani Fleurier and is now the reason for its international recognition.
Model: Kalpa XL Tourbillon
Material: Rose gold
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A note from our curator
Since 1994, our values have always been to present and curate genuine and authentic products for our customers. At Greenwich Time, we are committed to carrying only products we would proudly purchase and own ourselves. With many fantastic choices on the market, we let our own tastes determine what we carry here in the shop.
This Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa XL Tourbillon meets our discerning standards for quality and style.
Michel Parmigiani, a young watchmaker and restorer, opens "Mesure et Art du Temps,” a traditional workshop devoted to restoring antique timepieces.
The sandoz family foundation
Parmigiani Fleurier is created and officially inaugurated at the Beau-Rivage Palace in Lausanne on May 29, 1996
birth of the manufacture
The company embarks on a journey to become a true manufacture. In May of 1999, the Sandoz Family Foundation acquires Les Artisans Boîtiers, a workshop that melds precision manufacturing with manual craftsmanship to produce high-end watch cases.
Acquisition of Atokalpa and Elwin
Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking center expands with the integration of Atokalpa, a manufacturer of trains, pinions, and microgears. By 2005, the company is able to industrially produce balance wheels and springs, pallet forks, and escapement wheels. Elwin, a leader in precision bar turning, joins the same year, supplying all the hardware for mechanical movements.
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier is born
In January 2003, Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier is created to furnish high-end movements for Parmigiani Fleurier watches at the highest level of technicality and finishing. Its research and development department is tasked with producing a vast range of complicated calibers.
Creation of Quadrance et Habillage
In December 2005, the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking center expands with the creation of Quadrance et Habillage, a specialist maker of watch dials with unmatched expertise in guilloché épargnage, electroplating, transfers, and engraving.
Michel Parmigiani’s 60th
The ultra-slim Tonda 1950 is released in 2010; introducing the PF700 series of calibers. Its name evoking the year of the founder’s birth and its design embodying his most fundamental aesthetic principles.
Unveiling the Hippologia
The maison unveils a table clock and automaton representing a mare and her foal galloping across the desert. This unique piece combines the expert craftsmanship of watchmaking, automaton creation, crystal work, and numerous decorative arts.
THE TONDA GT
Parmigiani Fleurier launches the Tonda GT. That same year, the maison wins the Innovation Prize at the Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix with the Tonda Hijri Perpetual Calendar, the first wristwatch based on the Islamic lunar calendar.