Exceptional pieces allow us to glorify the art of watchmaking and its mechanical complications on a larger, more observable scale. The external aesthetics must be equivalent in workmanship and craftsmanship to the complexity of the internal movement.
– Michel Parmigiani
Recreating exceptional moments
According to Michel Parmigiani, highly complicated table clocks and works of watchmaking art are a means of expression and a way of demonstrating expertise. The Oriental Flower, the Cat and Mouse, or the Dragon and the Pearl of Wisdom: Since the House was founded, these pieces have brought historical artistic crafts and trades such as enameling, engraving, and even rare stone jewelry back to life.
The Hijri calendar watch, a world first
Parmigiani Fleurier is the first Swiss haute horlogerie house to create a continuous mechanical Hijri calendar. This unique timepiece, created after several months of research, indicates the time over a 30-year periodic lunar cycle, alternating the 19 common years and the 11 leap years.
The Dragon and the Pearl of Wisdom: Bringing a creation myth to life
To pay tribute to the Chinese year of the water dragon, the House reinterpreted the famous legend of the carp that becomes a dragon. Choosing to use an imperial dragon in pursuit of the pearl of wisdom to depict this Chinese myth, Parmigiani Fleurier demonstrates the extent of its knowledge of haute horlogerie through this exceptional piece.
The Gaïa Sun Clock, a fusion of excellent craftsmanship
In 2015, Parmigiani Fleurier and Lalique joined forces to create the Gaïa Sun Clock. With its Lalique crystal casing and Parmigiani Fleurier’s signature watch dial craftsmanship, topped off with a movement created in-house, it reflects the fusion of haute horlogerie with expert jewelry and crystal craftsmanship. It also echoes the many creations that illustrate the theme of Day and Night in René Lalique’s jewelry work.
The Fibonacci Pocket Watch, inspired by the golden ratio
The Fibonacci Pocket Watch celebrates artistic excellence and technical performance while highlighting the natural harmony of nature. Its aesthetics and mechanism pay homage to craftsmanship and the art of restoration.
Featuring a grand complication, enameled decorative elements, a stone setting, and engraving work, it concentrates all the historical know-how dear to the House since its very beginnings.
Hippologia, the height of artistic craftsmanship
This unique piece embodies the encounter between a designer, a watchmaker, an automaton designer, and a crystal maker. Hippologia is inspired by tempus fugit, which means “time flies” in Latin. To tame time – not to subdue it, but to better appreciate it – is the starting point for creating this exceptional automaton and watchmaking piece representing a mare and her foal.
“Exceptional pieces allow us to glorify the art of watchmaking and its mechanical complications on a larger, more observable scale. The external aesthetics must be equivalent in workmanship and craftsmanship to the complexity of the internal movement.”
– Michel Parmigiani