Amid this apocalyptic picture, Michel Parmigiani opens his own workshop in Couvet in 1976 and starts resolutely down the path of traditional watchmaking, like an outcast, against the advice of many. "When you’ve worked on marvels of the past and patrimony of our civilisation as I have had the chance to", he will say much later, "You just couldn’t have believed back then, that traditional watchmaking would end like this." From that point onwards, Michel Parmigiani’s approach is set and it bases itself on the single belief that to part with the traditional art of watchmaking could only be harmful and would only breed destruction. Becoming a young entrepreneur, Michel dedicates himself resolutely to his greatest passion, Restoration. On a side line, he also manufactures unique pieces for collectors, giving a free rein to his mastery of mechanical complications. His company, Mesure et Art du Temps is a small workshop, but a thriving one too.
The year 1980 will change it all. Michel Parmigiani makes the single business encounter that transforms the face of his career, the encounter which generated all that Parmigiani Fleurier is today: Michel met the Sandoz family. The Sandoz family is heir to the Sandoz pharmaceutical group known today as Novartis, and holder of one of the most impressive collections of pocket watches and automatons in Switzerland – the Collection Edouard Marcel Sandoz.
The production units which are gathered today under the Manufactures Horlogères de la Fondation, i.e. the Watchmaking Manufactures of the Sandoz Foundation, were put together in less than 4 years. They are the embodiment of the trust that prevailed between a family with a vision and a watchmaker with a talent. Thanks to this unique industrial structure, Parmigiani Fleurier has come to hold a high level of credibility in just a few years. Six collections, twenty seven calibres developed in-house, including four world firsts – this is as much as some brands could achieve in centuries. Whatever the projects and achievements, Parmigiani Fleurier never loses track of how it came to life. The brand stays true to its founding values, namely the restoration of artefacts of the past and the ability to draw knowledge from this heritage to create the mechanical constructions of the present. Parmigiani Fleurier sees itself as unconditionally linked to the legacy of its ancestors, never the owners but the revealing agents of the treasures of the past – however firmly anchored in this present.
The Timepiece Collection is a Parmigiani authorized dealer in Bergen County, New Jersey with an excellent assortment of Parmigiani watches and chronographs from the Parmigiani Kalpa Piccola Anniversaire, Tonda Metropolitaine, Kalpa Donna Anniversaire and Kalpa XL Hebdomadaire series and more.
We also carry a large selection of certified preowned luxury watches at great prices from many of the same brands and more including Rolex, Bovet, Chronoswiss, Ebel, Frank Muller, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Piaget, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin and more.