The story of Parmigiani Fleurier begins in the 1970s when a young watch restorer named Michel Parmigiani opened his watch workshop just as the uncertainty of the quartz crisis took the industry by storm. He spent his days restoring many fascinating antique timepieces, unraveling the mechanical mystique that they held within. At night, he let his creativity flow freely and he would conjure up some imaginative and mechanically complex creations.
Because of his great reputation as a watch restorer, his restoration company "Mesure et art du temps" was soon commissioned to restore important timepieces from Château des Monts, and more notably, the Musée Patek Philippe museum.
Parmigiani Fleurier Watches came into existence in 1996 when Parmigiani Fleurier was established in Val-de-Travers. With the partnership of the Sandoz Family Foundation, an entity with a vested interest in high-end watchmaking, Michel Parmigiani's creations finally came to life in a new and authentic Haute Horlogerie brand.
Structured with the vertical integration needed to succeed in a very competitive business, Parmigiani Fleurier bloomed and soon became a respected name in the business. A series of sister companies compliment the manufacture from start to finish.
Quadrance & Habillage, a sister company incorporated in 2005 is the factory that produces the exquisite dials including intricate Guilloché dials. The dials are manufactured by Quadrance from start to finish. This includes the coloring processes and complex assembly, down to the protective coating and varnishes and all with remarkable quality and attention to detail. The result are the outstanding dials that you see on a Parmigiani Fleurier timepiece.
LAB or Les Artisans Boîtiers in La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland was acquired by the Sandoz Family Foundation in 2000 and is another sister company that specializes in creating cases. Its master craftsmen are capable of creating any type of case regardless of complexity, shape, or material. The computer assisted design (CAD) lab develops their cases which are then sculpted on the most cutting-edge numerically controlled (CNC) machinery. Once the machines finish their work, expert artisanal craftsmen take over giving each piece the professional finish that no machine can ever recreate. Each case is soldered, filed and finished by hand and given the aesthetic perfection one expects from Parmigiani Fleurier watches.
Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, established in 2003 is the producer of the mighty heart beating at the center of every Parmigiani Fleurier watch. This engineering powerhouse also provides their products including self-winding movements, hand-wound movements, modules, and many other components to High Horology brands. Mechanical calibers produced by Parmigiani Fleurier's sister company and engineering powerhouse have phenomenal quality where finishing, decoration and hand bevelling of all the movement's components can be expected. With one eye in the past, this young manufactory is deeply rooted in authetic and traditional high-caliber watchmaking, yet, it still has an eye towards the future looking for new ways to create new, innovative, and inventive mechanical movements.
Working symbiotically, these groups of companies form their watches and demonstrate Parmigiani Fleurier's high aesthetic and mechanical prowess. Furthermore, as one of the few high-end independent watchmaking companies, Parmigiani Fleurier has had the creative freedom to create its own look with distinct design motifs that they can truly call their own. Their popular collections include the tonneau-shaped Kalpa collection that includes the Kalpagraphe, Kalpa Qualite Fleurier, Kalparisma Nova Automatic, Kalpa Donna Quartz, Kalpa Piccola Quartz. Other popular series include the round-shaped Tonda 1950, Tonda Menispheres Automatic, Tona Metropolitaine, Tonda Qualite Fleurier, Tondagraphe GT, Toric Qualite Fleurier, and Toric Chronometre.