Photo Essay: Watch Journal’s Collector Dinner with Parmigiani Fleurier

Michel Parmigiani during dinner.

Last night, Watch Journal partnered with Parmigiani Fleurier to host the most recent installment of its Collector Series of events. The dinner served as the U.S. premiere of the Toric Chronomètre timepiece and the rest of Parmigiani Fleurier’s 2017 SIHH novelties.

A guest tries on the first timepiece Michel Parmigiani designed and the inspiration for this year’s Toric Chronomètre.

The event began with a cocktail hour as guests arrived and mingled with the Watch Journal staff and members of Parmigiani Fleurier’s management, including the guest of honor, brand Founder, President, and Master Watchmaker Michel Parmigiani.

Watch Journal Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Bues kicked the dinner off with a short Q&A with Michel that found the legendary restorationist discussing what inspires him creatively in today’s tech-focused world and recounting what his greatest achievements have been.

Watch Journal Editor-in-Chief Jonathan Bues kicked off the evening with a toast.

Parmigiani said that the natural world and its patterns and proportions inform his watch designs. His greatest achievement, in his mind, has been to create a brand that continues to thrive 20 years after its founding. For the evening, Parmigiani wore the first watch that he designed for his eponymous brand, the Toric, which this year has been revived in the form of the Toric Chronomètre.

Dinner guests.

As the guests, which included the artist Sophie Matisse and Royal Bank of Canada Senior Vice President Richard Fitzburgh, headed towards the dinner table, Bues proposed a toast to Parmigiani Fleurier honoring Michel for all that his brand has accomplished since its founding in 1996. Which is just a year before Watch Journal was founded.

The new Bugatti Aérolithe Performance by Parmigiani Fleurier.
From Left to Right: Jonathan Bues, Michel Parmigiani, Director at J&G Advisory Group Amar Zribi, and Surface Media CEO Marc Lotenberg.
Michel Parmigiani and Steve Amstutz led a short discussion on the brand’s latest collaboration with Lalique before dinner.
Jonathan Bues in conversation.
Custom Spring Studios menu.
Guests in conversation.
A collection of women’s timepieces by Parmigiani Fleurier on display.
Parmigiani Fleurier General Manager of the Americas Ruggero Mango and Mark Noë of Noë and Associates discussing the timepieces on display.
Tablescape by Charles Terhout.
Collector’s wrist shot.
Table setting.
Top: The Parmigiani Fleurier Tonda Chronor Anniversaire. Bottom: The Tonda 1950 Tourbillon.
Guest of honor Michel Parmigiani’s table setting.


The Design Issue of Watch Journal featuring the Parmigiani Fleurier Ovale Pantographe Or on the cover.