Parmigiani Fleurier at The Montreux Jazz Café, Harrods, London
By Angus Davies for Parmigiani.
London recently came to the attention of the world with the Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II’s Diamond Jubilee celebrations and, of course, the Olympics. But, the capital city offers many delights to engage tourists and residents alike.
Shopping opportunities are incredible within London, with a profusion of high-end boutiques to cause salivation in the materially hungry. However, shopping is an endurance sport with numerous purchasing opportunities encouraging weary feet.
The avid watch collector is well-served within the über-luxurious Harrods department store in Knightsbridge. A broad choice of famous names from the world of haute horology feature on the ground floor. However, away from the madding crowds is a wonderful oasis of Swiss savoir-faire on the third floor of the iconic store.
The Montreux Jazz Café provides a relaxed atmosphere to partake of food and refreshments and recharge the batteries for a further round of conspicuous consumption. Fine wine, premium writing instruments and memorabilia linked with the famous festival will provide further inducement to part with promissory notes. However, the goods for sale that cause most interest in any self-respecting watch fanatic are the limited edition Parmigiani Fleurier timepieces.
Unusual timepieces in store at the time of writing.
A black dial Parmigiani Kalpa XL MJF 2012 is one of only 15 produced worldwide to celebrate the brand’s partnership with the festival. It features a stainless steel case and a black dial. However, this is no ordinary dial, close examination reveals a silhouette of a toned adonis. The statuesque figure featured on this year’s Poster Montreux Jazz Festival, photographed by renowned photographer Greg Gorman and differentiates it from standard models. The black strap features a stainless steel deployant.
A limited edition Parmigiani Kalpa Grande MJF 2012 ladies’ model was also available for sale. Again it features the male motif but is presented in a smaller case size to suit a demure feminine wrist. Moreover, the dial is ivory reinforcing the ladylike persona of the timepiece. Once more, numbers are very restricted with only 15 examples produced. Anglophiles are well-served with an unusual piece, the Parmigiani Tonda Tourbillon Woodrock. The complicated platinum cased timepiece has a 7-day power reserve. It features a wooden marquetry dial. The “Cool Britannia” character is underscored by a rockstar studded leather belt in blue with Union Jack motif.
If your affection for England is London-centric, then a limited edition Parmigiani Kalpa with an artistic representation of the famous “Tube” is probably the watch for you. As your index finger follows the blue line on the dial, you are reminded of the Piccadilly line and the desirable destination of Knightsbridge, where horological dreams come true.
For those who lament failing to secure a special edition watch of yesteryear, there may be cause for optimism. There are a few limited edition models from former years for those who wish to fill any missing gaps in their collection.
Harrods is a superb shopping experience, but for a taste of the Montreux Jazz Festival in Angleterre, don’t overlook the piece of Switzerland on the third floor, with its unique timepieces and delicious cuisine.