In a business that tends to measure companies in centuries, Parmigiani Fleurier is one of the few major luxury watchmakers to still be headed by its founder. For 20 years, Michel Parmigiani has been the virtuoso master watchmaker and the creative force behind the eponymous company. He has invented a long roster of calibers in a wide range of shapes and levels of complexity. Parmigiani is a purist who believes that the shape and size of a movement must always be matched to the case—this fastidious approach, rare today in fine watchmaking, goes a long way toward explaining his company’s prodigious output.
The company paid tribute to 20 years of watchmaking achievements at its flagship boutique in Miami’s Design District this November. Local watch collectors and friends of the brand were able to view an exhibition of Parmigiani Fleurier movements and historically important watches.
The general manager of Parmigiani Fleurier Americas, Mr. Thierry Collot, rose and gave a toast to his company, which he said was fresh, innovative, and creative, yet with all of the fundamentals in place.