"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."
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 unique piece – the Kalpa Hebdomadaire Anniversaire – which hides a rose gold movement within its steel case middle.
The Kalpa Hebdomadaire model is an iconic piece and the perfect way to celebrate this anniversary. Its "tonneau" shape was designed in 1997 by Michel Parmigiani who began by imagining the profile of its case middle to ensure an ergonomic fit, before conceiving its surface. This founding design gave rise to the brand's stylistic codes which now form its visual identity.
With its "tonneau" shape, created in the image of the case which envelops it, the movement of the hand-wound Kalpa Hebdomadaire remains one of Parmigiani Fleurier's flagship calibres thanks to its exemplary design. It was created in rose gold for this limited edition of ten pieces, which posed a real challenge owing to the malleable and ductile nature of gold. This feat of craftsmanship is embellished by a network of engravings across every surface of the movement.
The contrast is completed by the understated black-gold-coloured dial 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.