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By Kristen Shirley | October 25 2017
This story originally appeared in the September/October 2017 issue of Elite Traveler.
One of the younger brands in high watchmaking, Parmigiani Fleurier was founded in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani and the Sandoz Family Foundation. Evolving from a small company focusing on table clocks and unique pieces into a vertically-integrated manufacturer that designs, creates and manufactures 99 percent of every single component of its 33 movements in-house, it has become a favorite of discerning collectors for its sometimes unusual complications and its distinctive style.
Its oval shape, unusual in watchmaking, houses the first watch in the world to have a tourbillon with a central second hand, which requires much more power. The hypnotic dial is in a proprietary Abyss Blue color and is decorated with Côtes de Genève. The watch boasts a seven-day power reserve and is limited to 50 pieces.
This sleek steel watch features a black opaline dial with black alligator strap, providing a vivid contrast to the moonphase dial at 12 o’clock. It shows the moon cycle in both hemispheres with rose discs representing the lunar cycle. It’s extremely accurate—the scale is calibrated for the lunar month and it only needs to be corrected once every three years. At 6 o’clock, a seconds subdial with date aperture balances the watch.
The first watch Parmigiani designed for his brand was the Toric Memory Time, and he’s continued to expand on the iconic case—which takes inspiration from the golden spiral and Doric columns—in some of his most complicated timepieces. The knurled bezel is distinctive and is created by a single craftsman, as it is an uncommon and difficult skill. This is the first chronometer in the Toric collection, it is COSC-certified and has a 55-hour power reserve.