Restoration gave me the confidence I needed to pursue my watchmaking dreams, despite the naysayers.
– Michel Parmigiani
Perpetuating Mechanical Art
Michel Parmigiani was born on December 2, 1950, in Couvet, in the Canton of Neuchâtel. Passionate about watchmaking, he studied at the Val-de-Travers school of watchmaking and at the Technicum in La Chaux-de-Fonds before specializing in watchmaking restoration.
In 1976, at the height of the quartz crisis, he opened his own traditional watchmaking and restoration workshop, Mesure et Art du Temps. At the same time, he gave his creativity free rein by designing unique pieces for collectors.
In 1980, he had a decisive encounter with the Landolt family, which owns one of the largest collections of pocket watches and automatons in Switzerland, the Maurice-Yves Sandoz Collection, which he was tasked with restoring. This opportunity marked the dawn of the House of Parmigiani Fleurier.
The beginnings of Parmigiani Fleurier
In 1996, Michel Parmigiani launched the Parmigiani Fleurier brand with the support of the Sandoz Family Foundation. Rich in technical and artisanal know-how, the House is guided by the vision and quest for excellence of its founder, who gets involved in each of its creations.
In order to control the entire production process, Parmigiani Fleurier decided to create its own manufacture where all the movements and their components are produced.