A bit more than I was expecting to pay for Christmas, but the good news is the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy by Parmigiani Fleurier has been nominated in the Women's Complication category at the Grand Prix d’Horlogerie de Genève 2018.

The nomination reflects its exceptional craftsmanship and honors the talent of the watchmakers, artisans, and designers at the brand’s headquarters who brought it to life.

The watch features an aventurine glass, which was created by accident. In the 19 th century, a glass-blower in the Italian city of Murano happened to spill some copper shavings into molten glass. This gave rise to aventurine glass, now a much sought-after material, scattered with copper inclusions and named after the Italian expression "a l’avventura", literally "by chance" – a tribute to this lucky twist of fate.

Parmigiani Fleurier has produced numerous special editions with this glass called "Galaxy" as a reminder of the sparkling constellations evoked by the material. Likewise, the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy represents a star-scattered sky that tells the story of the passage of time.

A UNIQUE PIECE AND A FULL SET CASE


The Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy has been produced as a single piece, and the 18-carat rose gold case-back bears the engraved inscription "MODELE UNIQUE". The surface of the case middle is full set with 215 baguette-cut diamonds totaling 11.80 carats. The play of light on the diamonds enhances the majestic brilliance of the aventurine glass, encircled by solid gold indices.

30-SECOND TOURBILLON


The Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy is equipped with a 30-second tourbillon which is exclusive to the Parmigiani Fleurier watchmaking center and a feat of production. Rotating twice per minute rather than once, this tourbillon doubles the compensating effect on the force of gravity.

The hand-wound movement has a double barrel mounted in series, giving it a power reserve of one week, a rare feat for a complication such as this. The movement bridges are hand-beveled, creating a spectacular play of light, and every surface is decorated to the highest standards of Haute Horlogerie.

How much?

CHF 388,000

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