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Parmigiani History

Michel Parmigiani, working to restore luxury watches and historical watchmaking objects, conceives the Parmigiani Fleurier brand. Michel begins to create luxury watches for private clients – collectors who want modern horological masterworks.

Michel Parmigiani meets the Sandoz family, who own one of the biggest collection of pocket watches in the world. Parmigiani is entrusted with the mammoth task of restoring these watches to their former glory.

One of the heads of the Sandoz family, Pierre Landolt, recognises the genius of Michel Parmigiani and encourages the watchmaker to make his brand a reality.

The Parmigiani Fleurier brand is officially brought into the world. Pierre and Michel begin thinking about creating in-house movements, a process that will lead to Parmigiani Fleurier becoming a fully-fledged name in the world of luxury watchmaking.

In four years, the Sandoz family and Parmigiani Fleurier will create an entire manufactory, composed of a number of expert watchmaking factories. These factories are purchased individually, their employees trained to create the vital elements of a luxury watch.

Parmigiani’s first movement, PF 110, is produced.

The Manufacture Fleurier purchases a turning company, a casemaker and a company that creates balance shafts.

Parmigiani Fleurier founds a new bespoke manufactory, built from the ground up to synthesise the expertise of the companies it has purchased.

Parmigiani Fleurier embarks on a relationship with luxury car manufacturer Bugatti. It is a relationship that will create a range of spectacular watches, both one-off avant garde designs, like the Bugatti Type 370, and ongoing luxury watch families like the Aerolithe.

The final stage in the creation of the Parmigiani Manufacture is completed.

Parmigiani begins its Women of Exception project, making it one of only a few luxury watch brands to focus on designing timepieces exclusively for women.

The Parmigiani Ovale family is unveiled. This signature range of oval-faced luxury watches includes the Pantograph, a model based on a watch restoration undertaken by Parmigiani Fleurier in 1997. The Pantograph features telescopic hands, which allow the watch to keep a proper ratio between hour and minute hand sizes, as they jump around the oval face.

Parmigiani unveils the Tonda 1950 – the world’s thinnest automatic flying tourbillon movement. In just 20 years, the brand has journeyed from its inaugural model to creating a moment in horological history.

Here you can view our range of Parmigiani watches as well as the latest additions to our pre-owned luxury watch collection.

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