Parmigiani is a brand dedicated to creating horological masterpieces that excel in both beauty and technology. A master watchmaker and world-renowned restorer of antique timepieces, Michel Parmigiani has set some of the highest standards in watchmaking for himself and his team of experts-standards that define the brand and set it apart from others.
Relatively young in the world of watchmaking, Parmigiani established his company in 1975 as an independent restoration business. Within just a few years, his reputation for excellence and his penchant for perfection made him one of the most sought-after watchmakers. Some of the world's finest brands turned to Parmigiani to create private-label watches for them. In 1995, Michel Parmigiani was awarded the Prix GAIA for his activities and research in the horological field. It was in 1996 that Parmigiani unveiled the first collection of timepieces to bear his name. The Parmigiani Fleurier line consisted of ladies and mens watches, as well as several clocks, a few unique timepieces and a Grande Complication, which underscored his dedication to the fine Swiss watchmaking heritage. Parmigiani's collection was very well received by connoisseurs around the world for its technical expertise, advanced craftsmanship and sublime elegance. Each year since the inception of the brand, Parmigiani has unveiled striking new watches ranging from chronometers to complicated watches such as the minute repeater and tourbillon. Still, he remains steadfast in his commitment to perfection. Every watch is handmade in his workshops in Fleurier and-ensuring exclusivity-only a few thousand timepieces are created annually.
In the classically elegant Toric collection of round timepieces defined by the engraved godroons of its bezel, Parmigiani has added several impressive new models. Top among them are the Toric Perpetual Calendar Retrograde and the Repeater GMT. The Toric Perpetual Calendar Retrograde, previously in the collection, has been completely redesigned and now houses the first perpetual calendar movement manufactured entirely by Parmigiani. Using as a base the automatic mechanical Caliber 331, which was launched in 2001, the new movement incorporates additions that enable moonphase indication accurate to within 57 seconds in each lunar cycle. The discrepancy is thus reduced to only one day every 120 years. The Toric Minute Repeater GMT chimes the hours, quarters and minutes on two gongs. It also features a second time-zone indicator and the date. The watch features an original second-time and calendar adjustment two-push- piece system developed by Parmigiani that is easy to use.
Parmigiani has also added models to the very harmoniously curved Form collection. The Forma Hebdomadaire, created to spark a contemporary flair within the Parmigiani line, features an extended, reshaped, larger curved case with longer case-to-bracelet attachments.
The dial, inspired by Fibonacci's Golden Rule of numbers in nature, features a subsecond's dial that also incorporates the date aperture. This watch is crafted only in steel. The Forma Grande and Piccola collections essentially consist of the two sizes of Forma cases ensconced with varying degrees of diamonds. In their completely adorned versions, the Forma Piccola has 486 diamonds on the case, and the Forma Grande features 563 diamonds weighing nearly four carats.