By Kristen Shirley
This article originally appeared in the September/October 2016 issue of Elite Traveler.
To celebrate its 20th anniversary, Parmigiani Fleurier has released a special timepiece that holds a secret and celebrates its heritage. When the company launched in 1996, Parmigiani created only table clocks and unique pieces for collectors. In 1999, the first watch was released, the Kalpa Hebdomadaire, whose tonneau shape is instantly recognizable. Now Parmigiani presents this anniversary timepiece, offering something secret, known only to its wearer – hidden in its steel case is a solid gold movement.
Michel Parmigiani says “a gold movement inside a steel case is like a precious item, jealously guarded in a safe.” Jealously guarded or not, we love this watch. The sunray guilloché dial with applied 18K yellow gold hour indices and patented display system is beautiful, and the solid gold movement, visible through the clear caseback, is positively stunning. The craftsmanship is exquisite; each bridge is engraved with a diamond wing pattern. Currently, only one timepiece is available. Ten limited edition watches will follow later this year.
$65,000, Parmigiani Fleurier in Miami, Julia Astrid-Gourdon, +1 786 615 9656