Parmigiani Fleurier Kalpa Grande & Kalparisma Montreux Jazz Festival 2018

From 29 June to 14 July 2018, the Swiss city of Montreux will be the host of the 52nd Montreux Jazz Festival. This year’s edition will welcome numerous talented musicians including such big names as Iggy Pop, Massive Attack, Billy Idol, and Deep Purple. For the eleventh straight year, Parmigiani Fleurier will join the festival as a Global Partner. At the upcoming event, the watchmaker will announce its latest Friend of the Brand: Ryan Leslie. Born in 1978, Leslie is an American artist and producer who has worked with acclaimed musicians across a wide range of genres. He is also a Harvard graduate and founder and CEO of SuperPhone. The multi-talented artist will visit Parmigiani Fleurier’s manufacture and will be in Montreux to enjoy a couple of captivating evenings of music.

Each year before the festival, Parmigiani Fleurier unveils a special edition watch dedicated to the music festival. These timepieces reflect the brand’s creative spirit and its desire to take part in the Montreux Jazz Festival every summer. For this year, the Swiss watchmaker has prepared not one but too special editions: Kalpa Grande MJF 2018 (ref. PFS124-0000114-HA1242) and Kalparisma MJF 2018 (ref. PFC422-1200100-HA1441). Designed for him and her respectively, the watches are both limited to just 5 pieces. The pricing and availability have not been announced.

Kalpa Grande 1

Both models are limited to just 5 pieces


Stylish and elegant, the new Kalpa Grande and Kalparisma MJF 2018 watches feature beautiful silver dials with sunray satin finish, rose gold indices and luminous delta-shaped hands. In honor of the festival, Parmigiani Fleurier has decorated each dial with a special pattern that resembles the piano keys. The alternating black and white keys were created with a technique called the “épargnage”. After the dial has been satin-finished, the artisan dial-crafter covers the surfaces of the pattern that must remain clear for the final design. The parts not masked with the “épargnage” technique are then sandblasted and will become the black keys and the gaps of the keyboard. The end result is a mesmerizing, almost magical contrast between the two surface treatments. In terms of functions, the dials feature hours, minutes, small seconds and date. The latter two are both positioned at 6 o’clock.

Kalpa Grande 2

The dials were decorated with a technique called the “épargnage”


Measuring 40.8mm x 34.0mm and 37.5mm x 31.2mm respectively, the Kalpa Grande and Kalparisma MJF 2018 timepieces both feature tonneau-shaped stainless steel cases that are water resistant to 30 meters. The case on the ladies’ piece is decorated with 46 diamonds. On the back of each model there is a sapphire case back engraved with “MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018″. Powering the latest Parmigiani Fleurier watches is the caliber PF331 with 32 jewels. Comprised of 220 components, this in-house self-winding movement beats at a frequency of 28,800 vibrations per hour and offers a power reserve of approximately 55 hours. Each watch is delivered on a stylish alligator leather strap: black for the men’s model and white for the ladies’ version. Both straps are secured with a stainless steel folding buckle.

Kalpa Grande 3

The case backs are engraved with “MONTREUX JAZZ FESTIVAL 2018″



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