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13 June, 2021
The founding of Parmigiani Fleurier follows a friendship between watchmaker and restorer Michel Parmigiani and The Sandoz Family Foundation. Michel Parmigiani was entrusted with the maintenance of the Sandoz Family’s priceless collection of automata and clocks and they encouraged him over the years to start his own brand.
Parmigiani Fleurier was officially launched in 1996 with the Toric QP Retrograde that featured a bezel with alternating gadroons and knurling, a distinctive style that would go on to become one of the brand’s signature design codes. Michel Parmigiani uses the Golden Ratio in the design of both his movements and timepieces.
Five interesting facts about Parmigiani Fleurier
In January 2003, the company Vaucher Manufacture was created, becoming the brand’s watchmaking engineering center.
In 2013, Parmigiani Fleurier collaborated with crystal specialist Lalique to make a 15-day table clock.
Parmigiani Fleurier supports the Arcanys Foundation, which offers mathematical education to disadvantaged students in the Philippines.
Michel Parmigiani and his team of watchmakers continue to repair exceptional antique timekeepers in a dedicated workshop on the brand’s premises.
Michel Parmigiani chose to follow a career in watchmaking because the college was the nearest to his house. This closeness obviously remains important to him as his house is across the street from his workshop.
Brand ID Card
Established: 1996 Company status: Public limited company Senior Management:
– Michel Parmigiani, President, Founder and Master Watchmaker
– Guido Terreni, CEO
Number of employees: Around 60 Flagship collections:
– Tonda Bestseller: Tonda 1950 Retail prices in USD: From USD 9,000 to 50,000 Annual production: Around 3,500 pieces