To understand where the impeccable watchmaking prowess of Parmigiani Fleurier originates, one only has to look at founder, Michel Parmigiani. Born in Neuchâtel, he began his career in restoration—a field often reserved for the best and most skilled watchmakers.
In 1976, while the rest of the watch industry was in the throes of the quartz crisis, he set up his own workshop dedicated to restoration. “When one has worked on as many wonders of the past as I was lucky enough to do, it was simply impossible to believe that traditional watchmaking would die out,” he explains.
It was through the restoration of these outstanding works of past masters that Parmigiani got the skill, and later, the confidence to pursue his dreams of watchmaking. He took each piece that he restored as a lesson, and soon, his reputation led to the task of maintaining the Maurice-Yves Sandoz collection in the ’80s. This was where he met Pierre Landolt, president of the Sandoz Family Foundation, and in 1996, Parmigiani Fleurier was born.