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Parmigiani Kalpa Hebdomadaire Watch Review

Parmigiani Kalpa Hebdomadaire Watch Review
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Modern designs are mostly characterized by sleekness and a pristine presentation. Luxury consumers today appreciate a quality piece even when it’s at its simplest style. Such is the reason minimalism is so big nowadays, and almost every luxury brand in existence is having their hand at it. When timepieces are concerned, today’s new models all exemplify a sleek sense of style, but none quite like Parmigiani’s Kalpa Hebdomadaire.

Release Date and Price

Release Date: To be announced
Price when reviewed: US$32,500.00

Parmigiani has yet to announce when the new model will be available for public purchase but they already introduced it to a number of clients and critics during SIHH 2018 last January. As a tribute to the eponymous founder of the Italian luxury watch brand, the new Kalpa Hebdomadaire was met warmly by loral patrons of the label. The watch itself is priced at $32,500.

Specifications

  • Diameter: 42.3mm
  • Movement: Manual
  • Water Resistant: 30 meters
  • Power Reserve: 8 days
  • Frequency: 3 Hz
  • Strap: Alligator skin
  • Buckle: Folding Clasp

Pros

Fans all clamored for the tonneau shape of Kalpa Hebdomadaire, which is already a signature of Parmigiani. The rectangular case with round edged displays an elegant silhouette worthy of the upper-class gentleman. The model boasts an 8-day power reserve, packing in a powerful and energetic machine into a sleek and refined timepiece, which is also a tribute to Michael Parmigiani, the founder of the label. The watch also features an extremely-sophisticated color scheme of a black dial with a rose-gold case. Somber and subdued but not dreary, the model is like a glass of champagne on a fine winter night.

Cons

Despite its elegant shape, the tonneau silhouette is not to everyone’s liking. Several critics had attested that this Parmigiani signature is more of a niche offering than a universally-accepted attribute. A lot of luxury watch clients today still prefer a circular timepiece than any other, which may make it difficult for the Italian luxury brand to sell this model to a wider consumer audience. Nevertheless, the watch still evokes sophistication from any angle, even if it is in a tonneau shape.

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Conclusion
While other brands focus on the dial or the complications to draw in customers, Parmigiani has built a new legacy of tonneau-shaped timepieces. A special mark in haute horology, the Italian luxury label set themselves apart with a new silhouette that, not only grabs attention but displays elegance in a new and modern way. Effortless and refined, the new Kalpa Hebdomadaire watch is just another piece to a renowned roster of timepieces that have captured the imagination of the first class for two decades.
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