Parmigiani’s Kalpa series wristwatch was first launched in 1998. This year coincides with the 20th anniversary. In the barrel-type watch, I express my unequivocal expression towards Paparigi. Maloney’s favorite, even considered to be the best barrel-type watch, this ‘good’ is not only reflected in the smooth arc of the external shape, but also after trying on many barrel-type watches, The best fit and wearing feeling. Of course, the price of each brand is also different, this is another story. However, the watch house of SIHH 2018 interviewed Mr. Flavien Gigandet, a member of Parmigiani’s executive board, to talk about the new Kalpa series and the Kalparisma series of the 10th anniversary women’s watch this year.
Flavien Gigandet, Parmigiani Executive Board Member
Watch House: Parmigiani launched two new movements this year at SIHH, PF365 and PF362. Can you tell us more about the details of the production of these two movements? How long has it been developed? What are the technical difficulties?
Flavien Gigandet: We know that there are two directions for making a new movement. One is to add new functional components based on the original core, and the other is to create a movement from scratch. These two new movements belong to the latter. It took us 6 years from the initial design to the launch today. PF365 is used on this year’s new SIHH Kalpa Chronor, and PF362 is used on Kalpagraphe Chronomètre. Take PF365, for example, this is the world’s first pure gold self-winding integrated double-tracking chronograph movement, which can achieve a high vibration frequency of 5Hz, thereby achieving a reading accuracy of one tenth of a second. The improvement of this new movement is that it is equipped with a column wheel and a vertical clutch device to ensure more accurate timing, and the delay is shorter when the timing button is started on the use experience, and it feels smoother when pressed. We spend a lot of time and energy polishing every detail in the movement. Of course, both PF365 and PF362 have passed the certification of COSC, and the shape and thickness of the side of the case have also been completely redesigned. Although the changes are minor, we hope to feel more attentive.
Kalpa Chronor with new movement PF365
Watch House: This year also coincides with the tenth anniversary of the launch of the women’s watch in the Kalpa series. From everyone’s feedback, I like this year’s aventurine dial, what do you think?
Flavien Gigandet: From the past market feedback, it’s true. Chinese customers like aventurine dials. I think it is mainly that aventurine can show a sense of depth that is different from that of diamonds. The blue color is good-looking and versatile women’s clothing, so we have a new design this year on Kalpa, a classic tonneau-type watch, launched the Kalparisma Nova Galaxy watch, two styles of rose gold and white gold, both are limited This model, equipped with the PF332 self-winding mechanical movement, is also the first mechanical watch created by Parmigiani for women.
Kalparisma Nova Galaxy Watch
Watch House: In the past two years, from the Richemont Group’s financial report, the Asian market has picked up, so what new plans does Parmigiani have in the Chinese market?
Flavien Gigandet: First of all, we are a family-owned company. We have spent a lot of time and money acquiring different factories. All watch production is done in our own workshop, which means that the brand itself has greater initiative. Secondly, Chinese consumers are not only on watches, but are actually very important customer groups for the entire luxury industry. Although the European market is also where many luxury brands are born, it is also important, but no one can ignore the Chinese market. Importance. Parmigiani has always insisted on using precious metals and better quality to ensure the properties of high-end watches. Finally, there are still many cities in China that are untapped. When the time is ripe, if potential customers in these cities are tapped, the potential is unlimited. However, Parmigiani still hopes to step by step and fight steadily.
Watch House: The impression that Parmigiani gives to many people is still relatively expensive. Is there an entry model recommended for watch fans? For example below RMB 8W?
Flavien Gigandet: In fact, we have successively promoted some entry-level models in recent years. For example, there are men’s and women’s models of about 80,000 yuan in the Tonda 1950 series, as well as various dial materials. There are many choices. If the budget is around 100,000, there are also many choices of watch materials, so in fact Parmigiani is not as expensive as imagined.
Home of Watches: Is there any time for Senfine of Parmigiani to be released? How far have you studied?
Flavien Gigandet: Senfine is a project launched by Parmigiani in 2015. The main purpose is to study a mechanical watch with a long battery. SIHH announced this in 2016, and we have been studying it. The details are still secret, but I can tell you something. For example, one of the problems we are currently solving is shock resistance, because the watch reaches a high vibration frequency of 15Hz, which will make the watch very fragile. Then we must deal with the issue of shock resistance. The next 2 ~ 3 years may introduce new developments. (Interview, Monica / House of Watches)