Parmigiani Fleurier is a main partner of the Montreaux Jazz Festival, known worldwide as an event that features the finest musical artists. For 2009, Parmigiani has created a limited edition of its Kalpa XL and Grande models with a graphic signature designed to echo the musical theme of this year’s Montreaux festival posters.
Each year, Montreaux Jazz Festival founder and general manager Claude Nobs presents Parmigiani timepieces to distinguished featured artists. The limited edition pieces commemorate Parmigiani’s collaboration with the festival. Through the dial design featuring the swirl of a piano keyboard, Parmigiani expresses its heartfelt link to the event. Pink for ladies or blue for men, the dial of the Kalpa Grande or Kalpa XL has an hour, minute and central seconds display. Available only in steel, the model is fitted with a white python skin strap for the Kalpa Grande model or with a blue alligator strap for the Kalpa XL model.
This year, the Parmigiani timepieces were presented to Lily Allen, the Black Eyed Peas (Will.I.am, apl.de.ap, Taboo and Fergie), Jamie Cullum, Alice Cooper, Chaka Khan, B.B. King and Wyclef Jean. Herbie Hancock, who also performed this year, received a timepiece at last year’s event.
Below, Alice Cooper, Parmigiani CEO Jean-Marc Jacot, and Montreaux Jazz Festival founder and general manager Claude Nobs.