In its complex tonneau shaped case of polished stainless steel, the Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Kalpagraphe is a superb contemporary wristwatch which combines sportiness, distinction and reserve. From lug tip to lug tip its barrel-like profile curves gently outwards at its mid point, before tapering in again, so that at its widest it measures just over 39mm across, while in length, the case measures 44.5mm, and offers up the chronograph in stylish confidence.
Beneath the sapphire crystal, the black dial features fancy arabic numerals and tapering indices which are applied adding depth. It is thoughtfully configured, to be clear and legible as a timekeeper as well as highlighting its chronograph functionality for when precise measurements of time are required. To achieve this, the outlines of the 30-minute and 12-hour chronograph subdials are joined in a vivid red border, and with their slivery snailed finish, which contrasts against the otherwise black background, stand out from the rest of the dial, so once activated by the larger of the two pushers on the side of the case, and the big red chrono seconds hand at the centre begins to record a lap time or event, quick and easy referencing throughout the period is intuitive.
Less conspicuous is the small seconds display which is positioned at the three o’clock position, where the little steel pointer runs constantly. The steel delta shaped hours and minutes hands taper to a point and are coated with Super LumiNova. The date is displayed via black disc which rotates behind a window just above the Parmigiani Fleurier logo.
Underneath, another sapphire crystal reveals the hand finishing on the in house integrated chronograph self winding movement. Côtes de Genève stripes and rounded anglage on the bridges display the brand’s uncompromising devotion to lifting even the smallest detail. Thanks to the two barrels it boasts at least 55 hours of power reserve while beating at 28’800 vph.
The Kalpa Kalpagraphe is presented on a black alligator leather strap with folding deployant clasp.