In 21 years of existence, Parmigiani Fleurier holds numerous innovations and world-firsts to its name, a reflection of the brand’s watchmaking expertise, creativity and drive for excellence.
Parmigiani Fleurier signed a partnership with Bugatti, unveiling the Bugatti Type 370, a timepiece which defies all conventions of watchmaking. Assembled along a horizontal axis, and in a tubular formation – evoking a car's engine – the Bugatti Type 370 was a world first, and the best possible illustration of an independent watchmaking centre forging its own history.
In 2007, Parmigiani Fleurier presents a movement featuring two timezones, each accurate to the minute – a world first on the GMT watch market. To guarantee this double accuracy, the calibre PF317 is equipped with a module that controls the second time zone and can be indexed to the main movement or disengaged from it to allow independent adjustment.
In 2008, Parmigiani Fleurier rises to the challenge of doubling the rotation speed of a tourbillon. Instead of one turn per minute, the brand’s watchmaking hub introduces a tourbillon spinning twice a minute. This innovation doubles the beneficial compensation effects of the tourbillon, allowing the movement to function with increased regularity.
To mark its 20th anniversary, Parmigiani Fleurier unveils the Tonda Chronor Anniversaire, with an integrated chronograph movement in solid gold. To manufacture this complication on an industrial scale is a rare feat in watchmaking because the chronograph relies on kinematics with a chain of actions, each one determining and triggering the next, and each sequence precisely synchronised and adjusted.
The hotly anticipated Bugatti Type 390 did not disappoint. In fact, it astounded. Featuring a wealth of technical advances, this model defies watchmaking conventions once more, with no fewer than 4 patents awaiting confirmation. A technical achievement which can again be attributed to Parmigiani Fleurier’s fully independent watchmaking centre.