Parmigiani Fleurier has taken one of the very best complications in the shape of the perpetual calendar and put it at the core of its most classic, timeless watch. Nowadays the Toric, with a precision moon phase and retrograde perpetual date, is a watch of the most complex and accomplished of calendar styles. An incredible range of watches, the Toric family from PF is an exceptional range of models from one of the world’s most highly esteemed Swiss brands.
First, the Toric Tecnica Ombre Noire is a stunning watch in many ways. This special, gorgeously named piece by Parmigiani Fleurier shows a variety of styles from the great tradition of Haute Horlogerie, such as the perpetual calendar, minute repeater and tourbillon, whilst offering a very contemporary finish.
With the Toric Chronomètre, Parmigiani Fleurier has looked back toward its beginnings with a modern look at the first watch designed by Michel Parmigiani. Hours, minutes, seconds and dates – the evocation of time in its finest expression with reference to the seminal model of the brand.
The Toric Hémisphères Rétrograde Slate brings together an iconic range, the first collection made by Michel Parmigiani with the world of travel in mind. Its self-winding mechanical movement displays the time in any two locations, correct to the nearest minute, thanks to its two independent time indicators.
Finally there is the Toric Capitole, which represents the passing of time in its most obvious sense. The numerals flow and shift in a sequence around the amazing time scale, giving a certain poetry to the act of seeing the time. This Haute Horlogerie model pays homage to the special array of watchmaking pieces that in the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation collection, which was given into the care of Michel Parmigiani before he released his own company.
Founded in the Swiss municipality of Fleurier in 2006 by Michael Parmigiani, this luxury watchmaker is famous for handmade, highly exclusive pieces. With an emphasis on quality, each Parmigiani Fleurier timepiece takes at least four hundred hours to make using only the most precious of materials including gold, platinum and diamonds.
Parmigiani Fleurier is a Swiss watchmaker whose reputation precedes it. Known throughout the horological world as a purveyor of the most meticulously designed and crafted handmade watches, Parmigiani, as the brand is often referred to, use exclusively premium materials in the construction of their timepieces.
Against all advice, Parmigiani continued along his chosen path in the horological world, finding great meaning and solace in the restoration of beautiful watches and clocks. Indeed, Parmigiani states that carrying the torch of traditional Swiss watchmaking has been the guiding light throughout his illustrious career and continues to form the backbone of the Parmigiani Fleurier ethos.
Excelling in his studies and revelling in the unique blend of creativity and technicality that watchmaking presented, the young Parmigiani chose to pursue a path into timepiece restoration, something reserved for only the most gifted and hardworking elites of watchmaking. During the day Parmigiani worked on restoring old marvels of horology, then by night, he would dedicate himself almost exclusively to the creation of his own personal models. After accruing much success and respect throughout the tight knit yet discerning Swiss watchmaking community, Parmigiani finally acquired the means to create a brand that would bear his own name in 1996.
Three years later Parmigani Fleurier would reveal its first wristwatch, the Toric QP Retrograde. With a rectangular form and a bezel featuring alternations dragoons as well as knurling, the watch bore many of the features that would go on to become Parmigiani Fleurier trademarks. Indeed, the designs of the brand’s first watches were informed by the golden number, a harmonious ratio of proportions that would at as a touchstone for all future creations.