PARMIGIANI

WatchTime's coverage of Parmigiani Fleurier watches. Be sure to check this page for news and reviews of timepieces from this Swiss brand, including the Parmigiani Tonda 1950 and Tonda Quator, as well as Parmigiani Bugatti watches and the Parmigiani Pershing collection.

For World Cup 2014: 6 Watches That Celebrate Soccer

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The much-anticipated 2014 FIFA World Cup tournament kicks off this week in Brazil, with the nations of the world competing for the ultimate prize in the so-called "beautiful game" — what we Americans call soccer and what nearly everyone else calls football. Some of the world's luxury watch and sports watch makers have gotten in on the excitement, with special-edition watches specially devoted to the sport, its players, and the World Cup. … [Read more...]

7 Signs Chopard is Serious About High Watchmaking (Updated with Basel 2014 News)

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Last October, WatchTime was among a select group of media outlets invited to tour and explore Chopard's Swiss watchmaking operations in Geneva and Fleurier. By the end of the comprehensive visit, it was clear that Chopard, a brand still known more for high jewelry than high horology, is devoted to making its mark on the men's luxury watch market. Here are seven reasons why. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: 9 New Luxury Watches for Ladies

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At the big watch fairs, like the upcoming Baselworld show and the recent SIHH in Geneva, the stars of the show tend to be complicated watches for men, but each year, watch brands also debut plenty of ladies' watches, many made at the same level of craftsmanship as their male counterparts. With Valentine's Day right around the corner, we're looking at some recently announced ladies' watches which will be available in 2014. … [Read more...]

Audio: 14 Watch Executive Interviews from SIHH 2014 (Updated)

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At this year's SIHH in Geneva, I spoke with 14 important figures, from 13 luxury watch brands, about the timepieces unveiled at the show and what each brand has in store for 2014. Follow the links below to hear the audio from these interviews, all conducted for my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

SIHH 2014: Watch Insider Previews New Parmigiani Bugatti Watches

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The 2014 SIHH starts today... here from my blog, Watch-Insider.com, are specs, photos, and illustrations of one new more watch whose details have been released prior to the fair, the Parmigiani Bugatti Aérolithe. Back in 2000, Parmigiani and Bugatti began, as both companies refer to it, an association of two families. Since then, the Fleurier-based Parmigiani watch brand has collaborated with the luxury automaker to design and produce several outstanding timepieces. The new Bugatti … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Introducing TAG Heuer’s New In-House Movement, Caliber 1969

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TAG Heuer's new integrated mechanical chronograph movement, Caliber 1969, is now being produced at the recently finished fourth TAG Heuer factory, in Chevenez in the Swiss Jura. I take you inside the brand-new facility, and examine the details of the new in-house movement, in this article from my blog, Watch-Insider.com. … [Read more...]

Fratello Friday: 5 Independent Watch Brands Worth Your Time

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One could say that choosing a watch from one of the big brands (Rolex, Omega, Breitling, et cetera) is going the easy route. There are many alternatives out there from independent brands that deserve a fair chance as well, of course. The big advantage of owning a watch from one of these brands is that you will have a piece designed or crafted without too many concessions to sales and marketing departments. … [Read more...]

Time is Money: The 26 Richest Swiss Watch Barons

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Each year the respected Swiss business magazine, Bilan, publishes a list of the 300 richest Swiss with a rough estimate of their fortunes. For this article in WatchTime's November-December issue, on sale now, we examined the 2013 list to see which members of the watch industry made the ranking. Here they are: … [Read more...]

Watch Insider: Hermès Unveils its First Tourbillon Watch

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Up until very recently, Hermès was known more as a fashion brand than as a purveyor of haute horlogerie. However, its watchmaking subsidiary, La Montre Hermès, has been challenging those assumptions as of late with many of its new watches and proprietary movements, and has now released its first tourbillon watch, called the Arceau Lift. … [Read more...]

21 Watch Brands, 250+ Guests at WatchTime’s IBG Event in New York

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WatchTime's "Inside Basel.Geneva" (IBG) series of watch-collector events made its annual stop in the Big Apple on Sept. 17 for its biggest show of the year. The event, which boasted 21 watch-brand sponsors and more than 250 guests, was held for the first time at New York's luxurious Pierre Hotel. Click here for photos from the evening. … [Read more...]

La Montre Hermès CEO Luc Perramond: The WatchTime Q&A

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Luc Perramond, CEO of La Montre Hermès, the watchmaking division of the famed French fashion house, is on a mission to elevate Hermès timepieces to a higher level of manufacturing self-sufficiency and horological mastery. Last year, the first Hermès watches with proprietary mechanical movements made their debut at Baselworld, and Perramond has been very busy since then. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Celebrates Brazil Soccer with New CBF Watch Collections

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When Brazil's CBF soccer team defeated reigning world champ Spain 3-0 in the Confederation Cup final on June 30, they had at least one Swiss watch company in their cheering section: Parmigiani Fleurier, which became the team's official watch partner in 2011. At this year's SIHH, Parmigiani introduced four new watches in two collections inspired by the team and the nation of Brazil. … [Read more...]

Richard Mille Opens New Factory in the Swiss Jura

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Richard Mille has become the latest luxury watch manufacturer to take a decisive step toward becoming a full-fledged manufacture, announcing the opening of its new case and component factory in Les Breuleux in the Swiss Jura. … [Read more...]

Million Dollar Club 2012: Watch Advertising at All-Time High

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In an exclusive report in the upcoming May-June issue of WatchTime, we reveal which watch brands are spending the most on advertising in 2012, a record year for watch-company ad spending, and we provide a complete list of the 60 brands that spent more than $1 million on ads. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Adds New Tourbillon to Its Pershing Collection

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Parmigiani Fleurier, the boutique brand founded by master watchmaker Michel Parmigiani, has added a new limited-edition watch, called the Tourbillon Abyss, to its collection of Pershing timepieces, established in 2007 in a partnership with the prestigious Italian yacht manufacturer. … [Read more...]

Knights of Gold: Roger Dubuis Excalibur Roundtable

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With the new season of HBO's medieval fantasy drama "Game of Thrones" upon us, it seems an appropriate time to highlight a timepiece from Roger Dubuis's new Excalibur collection, the Roger Dubuis Excalibur Round Table, a limited-edition model distinguished by its 12 sculptural "knights" stationed at each hour marker. … [Read more...]

How Bovet Blossomed

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In our March-April issue, on sale now, WatchTime's Jay Deshpande speaks to Bovet owner Pascal Raffy about his plans for the 187-year-old brand. In this feature from our December 2009 issue, writer Lucien F. Trueb explores Bovet's history and the story of how Raffy fell madly in love with it. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Sponsors 35th International Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex

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Parmigiani participated in the recent 35th International Balloon Festival of Château-d’Oex as a sponsor for the nine-day-long hot air balloon festival in Switzerland. … [Read more...]

SIHH Day Two: Roger Dubuis, Parmigiani, Montblanc

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Geneva's watch fest rolls on, and your WatchTime team is on site to cover it. Day two is a flurry of appointments and meetings with various brands, but in between, here's a look at some of the people, timepieces and atmosphere that caught my eye late yesterday afternoon and this morning. Parmigiani Fleurier — which produces a relatively small output of watches per year — usually introduces just a few new models at SIHH. This year, the brand's recent partnership with CBF (the Brazilian … [Read more...]

Leather and Lugs: The Making of a Hermès Watch Strap

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Watch straps usually play second fiddle to the watches they hold in place. Not at La Montre Hermès, which takes its leather goods as seriously as it does its watchmaking. In this feature from the WatchTime archives, Gisbert Brunner explores how a fine leather watch strap is crafted. … [Read more...]