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The Parmigiani brand is at the forefront in the world of Haute Horlogerie.
The founder of this brand, Michel Parmigiani, began his career as a restorer of elaborate timepieces at a young age, and soon received numerous orders to improve or even create new watches.
His inventive skill and diligence paid off in 1996 when, supported by the Sandoz Family Foundation, his own manufactory was brought to life.
The company grew fast and Parmigiani presented his first collection of wristwatches, table clocks and pocket watches.
In the following year, Parmigiani published his own manufactory caliber PF110, which inspired the watch world with an astonishing power reserve of 8 days.
The high reputation and the ever-evolving technologies drove the company forward, and so it made all the individual parts in-house, which is of utmost importance for the traditions of watchmaking.
New watches were produced year after year, such as the automatic caliber PF331 in 2001, or the automatic caliber PF333, which has a retrograde perpetual calendar.
After close collaboration and inspiration from the luxurious car brand Bugatti, the caliber PF370 Bugatti was created, which is modelled after a car gearbox. This unique work is immortalized in the strictly limited model Bugatti Type370.
The model “Parmigiani Fleurier” presented in 2005 also caused a sensation since the case was made of the mysterious palladium.
Mysterious because no manufacturer knew how to work this noble metal without alloying it with gold.
The advantage of these housings was that they were not only lighter than gold or platinum, but also much more robust and scratch-resistant.