Introducing Parmigiani Fleurier Watches

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Introducing Parmigiani Fleurier Watches

Words by Ms Laura McCreddie-Doak

24 July 2019

Three collections to know

Kalpa Kalpagraphe

Parmigiani doesn’t really do sporty in the traditional sense, but the Kalpa Kalpagraphe collection is a nod towards a more relaxed aesthetic. The starting point for the first Kalpa was ergonomics. Mr Parmigiani wanted a watch that was comfortable on the wrist and fitted its contours perfectly, which meant no straight lines or flat surfaces. Form followed function and this iconic design was born. In a small concession to sports watch conventions, it has a chronograph, while the instantly recognisable tonneau-shaped case and signature teardrop lugs give the case the appearance of a muscular supercar as seen from above. You’re never going to go jogging in it, but if you want a bit of luxe with your sport, then the Kalpagraphe is ideal.


Sitting somewhere between the refined lines of the Toric and the sportier mood of the Kalpagraphe is the Tonda collection. The name is derived from the Italian word for “round” and it is probably Parmigiani Fleurier’s most diverse range. The case is always circular, but the brand uses that as a jumping-off point for experimentation, hence why the retro-inspired Tonda 1950, named after the year of Mr Parmigiani’s birth, can sit alongside the bold, architectural form of the Tonda Métrographe. Unshackled by the self-imposed constraints of the other collections – be it ergonomics or history – the Tonda range is where every man will find his perfect Parmigiani.


Inspired by the patterns on the base of Greek columns, the Toric was the first watch produced by Parmigiani Fleurier. Its calling card is the case, which features gadroons, a type of inverted fluting, alternated with knurling, a pattern made by hand-rolling a toothed wheel into the metal. Remarkably, the same artisan has been creating that pattern on every watch since it was first made in 1996. With its clean dials, save for the unusual date window at six o’clock, legible numerals and javelin-shaped hands, which feel like an update of Breguet’s famous examples, the Toric is the brand’s most classic-looking collection. It’s an elegant day-to-dress collection with delight in the detail, and looks best when emerging from the cuff of a well-pressed dress shirt.