Unveiled in 2008, the rose gold Kalparisma collection became the first Parmigiani Fleurier watch for women to feature a self-winding mechanical movement. The Kalparisma Ouranos owes its name to its stunning setting of stones, which drift from the edges of the dial to the case, creating a glittering harmonious continuity between the two. The height of femininity, the Ouranos setting lends a touch of distinction to this exclusive version of the Kalparisma Nova.
A truly poetic incarnation of the small seconds, this star makes one revolution every minute. The "Nova" star takes its inspiration from an antique piece which had been restored in the Parmigiani Fleurier workshops. It was a complex automaton, complete with a star, which captured the imagination of the restorers. The originality and femininity of its symbol was recreated on the Kalparisma Nova and Kalparisma Ouranos, which form a tribute to its source of inspiration, the Collection Maurice-Yves Sandoz.
The Kalparisma Ouranos has a white mother of pearl dial, with captivating reflections and the Ouranos stone setting drifting in from opposite sides. Just a few sparkling hints to start with, before the setting intensifies as it reaches the rose gold case, with diamonds set into the first few links of the bracelet, disappearing in a flurry, just as they arrived. This delicate and highly technical Ouranos setting illuminates the entire piece, complementing the mirror-like reflections of the white mother of pearl.
The shape of the Kalparisma Ouranos case is the classic "tonneau", one of the first designs that Michel Parmigiani created for his brand. This form is based on the application of the golden ratio, a geometrical reference which provides a harmonious ratio of proportions. The case and its lugs, the angle of which has been carefully calculated to describe a perfect curve, sit ergonomically on the female wrist.
The calibre PF331 is the first self-winding mechanical movement from Parmigiani Fleurier. The movement has a modular design which allows for a diverse range of Kalparisma versions. This movement offers the finest Haute Horlogerie finishes you would expect from Parmigiani Fleurier, and ones which very few brands would apply to such a mechanism. The bridges are sandblasted, drawn out or "Côtes de Genève" decorated, then bevelled by hand and, finally, rhodium-plated. The 22-carat gold oscillating weight features a guilloché barley grain motif. Michel Parmigiani has high expectations when it comes the brand's craftsmanship: each component, however small or hidden, deserves the very finest finishes. This attention to detail is what makes the Kalparisma Ouranos so precious.
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