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History of Parmigiani Fleurier
Born on 2nd December 1950 in Couvet, in the Canton of Neuchâtel; Michel Parmigiani had his initial horology lessons at the Val-de-Travers and the La Chaux-de-Fonds schools of watchmaking.
In 1976, Michel Parmigiani founded a dedicated vintage watch restoration workshop in Neuchâtel, Switzerland. Throughout this period, he continued improving his watchmaking skills from the restoration of antique mechanical timepieces and automata. In 1980, Parmigiani was appointed as the official restorer for the collection of horology artifacts owned by the Sandoz Family Foundation. Meantime, he started focusing on developing mechanical movements and complications for prestigious watchmaking companies.
In 1996, he established the parmigiani fleurier brand in cooperation with the Sandoz Family Foundation. With rich artisanal expertise and technical know-how, Michel Parmigiani’s company revived the great watchmaking traditions in the region. The debut watch collection from his brand was Toric.
The company gradually achieved industrial independence by setting up new subsidiaries and acquiring a number of specialized firms. In 2000, Parmigiani Fleurier acquired Atokalpa, the producer of regulating organs. In the same year, it bought Bruno Affolter SA (now Les Artisans Boîtiers), the watch case manufacturer based in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
In 2001, the company acquired Elwin, a specialist in high-precision bar turning and the production of micro-mechanical components. In 2003, Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier was created for producing high-quality mechanical watch movements for parmigiani watches.
In 2004, the Manufacture established the Fleurier Quality Foundation in partnership with Bovet and Chopard. The Bugatti collection was also introduced in the same year. In 2005, Parmigiani’s own dial manufacturing company Quadrance & Habillage was founded in La Chaux-de-Fonds.
To mark the 50th birthday of Michel Parmigiani in 2011, the manufacture launched the Tonda 1950 watch series. In 2014, the Ovel collection was introduced and in 2020, the luxury sports watch range Tonda GT was launched.
Parmigiani Fleurier Watch Collections
Parmigiani Fleurier offers fine luxury watches for both men and women, with an immense collection ranging from simplistic time-only models to extremely complex grand complication timepieces. The collection also includes several gem-set wristwatches. The premium Swiss brand makes use of 18-carat gold, stainless steel and titanium for creating their timepieces.
Toric, the luxury watch brand’s inaugural collection was introduced in 1996. Recognized as the founding stone of Parmigiani Fleurier, Toric was the first watch to be designed by Michel Parmigiani. This exceptional mechanical wristwatch collection has been renowned for distinct case design, highlighted with alternating gadroons and knurling inspired by the bases of Greek columns. Toric offers elegant and classic wristwatches, including some spectacular tourbillon, chronograph, perpetual calendar and minute repeater watches.
Notable watches from the impressive Toric collection are Hémisphères Rétrograde, Capitole, Quantième Perpétuel Rétrograde, Chronometre, Tourbillon Slate, Lady Fleur, Quaestor and Qualité Fleurier.
Proudly demonstrating the creativity of the Swiss manufacture, this collection encompasses a significant quantity of mechanical wristwatches. Each model steadfastly maintains its distinct identity. In Italian language, Tondo means "round."As the name suggests, the collection includes watches with round case, which provides unlimited possibilities for developing the brand’s visual characteristics. This line is both a testing ground and a launch pad for Parmigiani Fleurier timepieces.
The Tonda family includes various sub collections like Tonda 1950, Tonda Chronor, Tondagraph, Tonda GT & Tondagraph GT, Tonda Métrographe, Tonda Annual Calendar and Tonda Hijri Perpetual Calendar. Named after Michel Parmigiani's year of birth, the Tonda 1950 range reveals refined and classic watches designed on an ultra-thin profile. The Tonda 1950 line traditionally includes Time-only, Lune (moonphase), Skeleton and Tourbillon watches for men. For women, The Tonda 1950 series offers gorgeous gem-set timepieces featuring aventurine, mother-of-pearl or diamond-set dials.
Launched in 2009, the Tondagraph watch incorporates two great complications: Tourbillon and Chronograph. Introduced in 2016, the Tonda Chronor is the brand’s first integrated chronograph. Introduced in 2020, Tonda GT & Tondagraph GT models belong to Parmigiani's latest luxury-sports watch collection.
The Kalpa watch models are traditionally known for their distinct tonneau-shaped case the harmoniously integrates the teardrop-shaped lugs. To design the superb collection, Michel Parmigiani relied on the golden ratio and natural proportions of the Fibonacci sequence. This distinct wristwatch line offers a vast range of men’s and women’s watches, including manual and self-winding models and grand complications.
Notable men’s watches from the unique collection are Kalpa Hebdomadaire, Kalpa Qualité Fleurier, Kalpa Chronor and Kalpagraphe Chronomètre. The Kalparisma, the Kalpa Tourbillon Galaxy, the Kalpa Piccola & Donna and the Kalpagraphe white are the prominent ladies’ watch models from this remarkable series.
Introduced in 2013, the Ovale collection offers mechanical wristwatches featuring oval-shaped case design inspired by an antique pocket watch, restored by Michel Parmigiani and his team in 1997. Just like the above antique timepiece, Ovale Pantographe, the founding piece of the Ovale collection features pantograph hands. This impressive watch series highlights Parmigiani Fleurier's indestructible relationship with the restoration of legendary timepieces. This series also offers models with traditional hands, including a tourbillon watch.
This line includes technical and innovative mechanical timepieces inspired by Bugatti cars. The partnership between Parmigiani Fleurier and Bugatti was signed in 2004. The Bugatti Type 370, the first timepiece from this exclusive collection was inspired by the Veyron 16.4 super car. Just like the engine of the supercar, the Type 370 watch places its components, modules and main plates along a horizontal axis. For this timepiece, the Manufacture developed calibre PF370, a world premier three-dimensional mechanical movement based on motor vehicles.
Parmigiani Fleurier created distinct watch models inspired by various Bugatti cars, like the Bugatti Super Sport (2010) and the Bugatti 390 (2017). Just like Bugatti cars, the extra-ordinary mechanical watches from this collection successfully unite artistic inventiveness, technical performance and graceful designs.
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Named its founder, the premium Swiss watch brand offers luxurious and innovative mechanical timepieces made in accordance with great watchmaking traditions.
All Parmigiani Fleurier watches share some common aesthetic features dearer to the brand and its founder. For instance, all these timekeepers boast harmonious silhouettes designed after the so-called golden ratio. This divine proportion is the essence of Michel Parmigiani's design, seamlessly incorporated into every timepiece produced by the brand since its inception.
The Swiss Manufacture has been renowned for adoring their timepieces with various decorative methods, such as knurled bezels, white grained finished dials, "barley grain" and “rice-grain” guilloché motifs and “côtes de Genève.” Some of their wristwatch models feature movements entirely from gold, one more reason to invest in Parmigiani Fleurier watches. Thanks to its in-house manufacturing capabilities, Parmigiani Fleurier has been able to offer a vast range of high-horology creations, including grand complications.