The history of Parmigiani Fleurier
In 1976, Michel Parmigiani opened "Mesure et Art du Temps", specialising in the restoration of antique watches. At the same time, he expressed his creativity by designing complex timepieces. His workshop gained renown for restoring important timepieces, reinforcing his emerging reputation as a leading watchmaker and sought-after restorer.
Creation of Parmigiani Fleurier
In 1978, the Sandoz Family Foundation entrusted Michel Parmigiani with the upkeep of a collection of automata and antique clocks. Encouraged by the Foundation, Michel founded his own brand, Parmigiani Fleurier, which was inaugurated in 1996. The fusion of Swiss craftsmanship and watchmaking is a testament to hos exceptional expertise.
In 1999, the company became a full-fledged manufacture, and the Foundation acquired Les Artisans Boitiers, a respected workshop combining precision manufacturing and handcrafting, reinforcing the production of top-of-the-range watch cases.
FROM CLASSIC ELEGANCE TO BOLD INNOVATION: THE PARMIGIANI FLEURIER HERITAGE
In 1996, Parmigiani Fleurier presented its first wristwatch, the Toric QP Rétrograde, featuring the distinct aesthetic of gadroons and knurling. The same year, the Kalpa Hebdomadaire, with a rectangular case based on the golden ratio, was created, influencing the brand's future creations.
Notable partnerships, such as that with Bugatti in 2004, give rise to exceptional pieces such as the Bugatti Type 370, assembled like a car engine.
Later masterpieces include the Tonda 42 Tourbillon and the Ovale Pantograph.
The future promises a perpetual quest between watchmaking tradition and avant-garde, propelling Parmigiani Fleurier towards ever more prestigious horizons.