News June 2008

With its essence lying at the very heart of space and time, travel is a unique phenomen. Punctuated by innumerable subtle impressions, a journey unfolds to reveal the intimate portrait of a sensory universe.

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Kalpa Hemispheres

An invitation to travel

The Watch Quote™ - April 18th, 2008

To embody the spirit of adventure, Parmigiani Fleurier has created the Kalpa Hemispheres, a new collection dedicated to travel, featuring a highly accurate second time zone display. The whole world is within reach, with just one glance. Inspired by the odyssey of the outstanding sailor Bernard Stamm, with his insatiable hunger for round-the-world races and extraordinary challenges, the Kalpa Hemispheres collection opens up a boundless horizon, carrying within it the magic of the high seas.

“As I glimpse the coast, the light becomes dense, warmed by the African earth. Blue gives way gradually to a torrid ochre. I sense its power, wild and sublime, driving me out towards the Southern Ocean, unnerving and hostile.”

Cape of good hope

The style is cultivated by details that combine to symbolise elegance

The new Kalpa Hemispheres model, hand-made by Parmigiani Fleurier's master craftsmen, demonstrates the breadth of expertise inherent in Haute Horlogerie. Its spirit is revealed by delicate touches, applied in the finest traditions of watchmaking artistry, in pursuit of the essence of time. Like a voyage to the heart of the creative process, everything about it reflects the essence of authenticity. Available in either steel or 18-carat pink gold, according to your preference, the faces of the Kalpa Hemispheres appear in blue, silver, graphite or tan shades, appealing to varying sensibilities in the same way as a collection of travel tales.

Fremantle

“I cross the finish line to take victory. After the terror of the Roaring Forties, I am finally suffused with warmth. An aboriginal dancer performs a sacred dance for me. Strange encounters await me, born of this unique land, sublime in its contrasts.”

The value of innovation is most naturally evident when it is in perfect harmony with day-to-day life.

The Kalpa Hemispheres frees itself from the complexity of the mechanical train wheels it contains, offering a complete, easy-to-use second time zone display with hour and minute hands. The 2nd time zone is set to the minute, a rare technical feat in watchmaking. A considerable number of destinations with half-hour or three-quarter hour (*) offsets from GMT are now completely synchronised with the local time. In our world of perpetual motion, adaptability is a day-to-day requirement. To enable travellers to change the local time or destination time at any moment, the settings of the two time displays (hour and minute hands) are completely independent of each other. Two crowns are fitted for this purpose on the right of the case, one for setting the time zone, and the other for winding the movement, correcting the date and local time.

The various time setting operations are performed via a complex system of clutches on the movement. The new Parmigiani Fleurier Calibre 337 automatic has been created to meet the brand’s highly exacting technical requirements. To achieve this complex feat, all operations had to be carefully co-ordinated and overseen in conjunction with its manufacturing process.

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(*) 1/2 hour offset: India, Iran, Afghanistan, Burma, Australia (central zone), Marquesas Islands,
Island of Newfoundland. 3/4 hour offset: Nepal.
* Directly beneath the sun






Indications

1. Local time in centre
2. 2nd time zone display at 12 o'clock
3. Small seconds
4. Date
5. Local time day/night indicator
6. 2nd time zone day/night indicator










Winding

Your watch is wound automatically when worn on your wrist.
If it has stopped, you need to wind it up by turning crown A through a few rotations in the rest position.
Winding may be done at any time.



















Setting the time of both time zones

1. Pull out crown A two notches.
2. If crown B is pushed in, the local time and 2nd time zone displays will be synchronised (the hands turn at the same time).
3. Turn the hands forward until the desired time has been reached, bearing in mind the local time Day/Night indicator.
4. Push the crown back into its original position.



Note: When the crown A is pulled out two notches, the second hand stops (stop second function).






Setting the local time only

To set the local time without altering the 2nd time zone display, first pull out crown B (the local time and 2nd time zone displays are separated).
Set the time using crown A pulled out two notches, bearing in mind the local time day/night indicator.
Push crowns A and B back into their original positions.



















Setting the 2nd time zone display only

To set the second time zone individually, without changing the local time, first pull crown A out two notches.
Set the time with crown B pulled out, bearing in mind the corresponding day/night indicator.
Push crowns A and B back into their original positions.














Setting the date

1. Pull out crown A one notch.
2. Turn the crown to move forwards to the required date.
3. Push crown A back into its original position.



Cape Horn

“I pass through the hellish shadows, but it means deliverance. I finally leave the extreme South, exhausted by its appalling storms. Tierra del Fuego is a few miles away, and this time I catch a glimpse of it. Its mythical aspect is astoundingly beautiful.”
* Cape Horn, 8:00 AM.



Because the time zone may cause a night/day offset, the dual time display on the Kalpa- Hemispheres is supplemented by a day/night indicator associated with the time zone, and a day/night indicator linked directly to the local time.



* At the dawn of a heavenly adventure



Cape Finisterre

“Far away in the greyness, the rocky peninsula of Cape Finisterre, an anchoring point off a promised land. I realise that ultimate victory is within my grasp, finally. At the end of the race I sense the joy of reunion, but also an unutterable desire to return to the ocean, already, and a new adventure on the open seas.”



* Cape Finisterre (Spain), 7:00 PM.



As a travel watch, the Kalpa Hemispheres would not be complete without the date indicator.
It counts off the passing days via an aperture at 9 o'clock, by means of a rotating disc under the dial. Directly linked to the local time, it helps the traveller get a better idea of where they are in time: and, when flying, makes it possible to savour a few moments of eternity…



* Day after day, savour a few moments of eternity


Parmigian Kalpa Hemispheres

Technical details


Movement:Mechanical Parmigiani Fleurier Calibre PF337, self-winding, made fully in-house.
Gold oscillating weight:for the 18-carat pink gold version.
Bevelled hand-made bridges:with “Geneva Stripes”.
Vib/h:28’800.
Diameter:15 1/4 ’’’ 35.60 mm.
Height:5.10 mm.
Jewels:38.
Power reserve:50 hours.
Functions:Hour, minute, small seconds at 6 o'clock, day/night indicator linked to local time at 6 o'clock, 2nd time zone hour and minute display at 12 o'clock, 2nd time zone day/night indicator at 1 o'clock, large calendar window.
Dial:“Silver”, “Graphite”, “Blu Metal” for the steel version;
“Tan” for the 18-carat pink gold version.
Case:18-carat pink gold or steel.
Strap:Full grain leather or alligator skin.


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