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Yah displaying watches is really up to the individual but if you put it in a walk-n closet then you are pretty much just displaying it for yourself.

I'd love to have one of these but for $5k, I'll just buy another watch or two.



HRoi, this might be a more subtle alternative, same German brand for $400. Also has an additional 7-watch storage so it works as a a 13-watch case.
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What's the consensus here about Parmigiani, generally, and the Kalpa Grande in particular? I own this one, a gift from my father ~7-8 years ago. I also have the stainless bracelet but have only ever worn it on the brown Hermes for Parmigiani crocodile strap.


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What's the consensus here about Parmigiani, generally, and the Kalpa Grande in particular? I own this one, a gift from my father ~7-8 years ago. I also have the stainless bracelet but have only ever worn it on the brown Hermes for Parmigiani crocodile strap.
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I'd say the consensus is your father is a giver of nice gifts! nod[1].gif
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What's the consensus here about Parmigiani, generally, and the Kalpa Grande in particular?
I like the brand on the whole, I like your watch as well as the Tonda line.
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What's the consensus here about Parmigiani, generally, and the Kalpa Grande in particular? 
 

Looks like your dad put a lot of thought into your gift, and chose something interesting.  They make very high quality time pieces.  Enjoy it. 

post #36096 of 48312
Yes, it was a very generous gift. I've enjoyed wearing it as one of my primary watches for the better part of a decade now. He's a big watch guy and a collector, so I know he enjoyed making the choice. Our tastes are very different in most things. I do, however, like the looks of the watch quite a bit. The first month or so I wore it with the bracelet, but it just didn't look as nice to me as it did with the strap. Problem is that the strap is starting to degrade at this point, and I'll soon be forced to decide between going back to the bracelet or replacing it.

Here's a stock photo of what it looks like in the other configuration.

post #36097 of 48312
Personally I'd go with replacing the strap as it looks like it would overwhelm the watch head. Parmigiani is ranked by many as close to the trinity in quality. It's a beautiful, fine piece, enjoy it in good health!
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I'm strongly leaning in that direction. I still think it looks significantly better with the strap, and the sizing is awkward with the way the bracelet links are configured. I only feel a bit guilty having the bracelet collect dust in the box. I also wonder if I've just never given my eye a chance to adjust to it. Something a bit jarring about the contemporary look of it.
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Personally, I find the bracelet a bit much on the Parmigiani.  I like it a lot more on a strap.  IMHO strap helps define and display the unusual case shape, and probably makes it look better with a suit or for more elegant events.  I think with the bracelet the watch case kind of blends into the bracelet and the lugs and case just get a bit lost in the bracelet. However, since you already own the bracelet so there is no harm in giving the bracelet another chance.  It might grow on you.  If not you can always go back to a strap.  In the end, you know your preferences and sense of style better than any of us here would, so go with whatever makes you smile most when you look at your wrist!

post #36100 of 48312
With some of my watches I switch to the bracelet in the warmer months. Straps don't age well when constantly soaked with perspiration.
post #36101 of 48312
currently own a speedmaster. should i get the IWC portguese chronograph or Rolex Submariner next?
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currently own a speedmaster. should i get the IWC portguese chronograph or Rolex Submariner next?


Since you already have a chrono, I would say the Sub.  But I have a soft spot from the Portuguese Chrono.  I hate the way the numbers are cut off but it I adore the dial.  It is clean for a Chrono and the white dial with blued numerals and hands looks fantastic.  I see they offer a blue dial with silver indices but I have not seen it in person.  

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currently own a speedmaster. should i get the IWC portguese chronograph or Rolex Submariner next?

Its a good combo... My combo circa 2008

 

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currently own a speedmaster. should i get the IWC portguese chronograph or Rolex Submariner next?
Do you already have a dress watch?
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This one today.

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