New from Parmigiani: Two Wristwatches Inspired by the Past

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Parmigiani Fleurier has unveiled two new limited-edition wristwatches inspired by antique pocketwatches from a collection owned by Parmigiani Fleurier’s parent, the Sandoz Foundation. Both wristwatches are part of Parmigiani’s Toric collection. Find images, prices and wallpaper inside. … [Read more...]

A La Vieille Russie & Parmigiani Fleurier Present the Sandoz Collection in New York City

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From October 26 – November 26, a selection of beautiful and rare pieces from the personal collection of Maurice Sandoz will be on display at A La Vieille Russie in New York City. The exhibition includes rare pieces by Fabergé, singular vintage pocket watches, modern Parmigiani timepieces, plus two new wristwatches from Parmigiani. Find complete details inside. … [Read more...]

Redecorate With These Watch Wallpapers

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For your viewing and home decorating pleasure, WatchTime offers a selection of watch wallpapers featuring IWC, Lange, Omega, Vacheron Constantin, Ulysse Nardin, De Bethune, Audemars Piguet, and Parmigiani. These images measure between 2400 and 7000 pixels wide and are sure to brighten up your desktop. Click the smaller images to view the full-size versions. Happy downloading! … [Read more...]

Inside Basel/Geneva 2011 Kicks Off in Chicago and Miami

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IBG 2011 opened in Chicago and Miami with record numbers of participating brands and best-ever attendance. The strong turnout, coupled with the most-ever brands and independent watchmakers at each show, meant moving to larger venues for 2011, making IBG 2011 a true watch fair. Come inside to see more than 30 images from the events, and don’t forget there are four shows still to come with even more brands! … [Read more...]

Michelle Veyna Joins A. Lange & Söhne

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A. Lange & Söhne has announced that Michelle Veyna has joined the brand as sales manager for the North American market. Ms. Veyna has over 20 years of industry experience, most recently serving as president of the North American division of Parmigiani Fleurier from 2003 to 2010. Prior to that, she served as vice president of sales and marketing for Helvetia Time Corporation, where she distributed Roger Dubuis, among other brands. … [Read more...]

Visual Quiz: Famous Faces

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You know their watches, but would you recognize them on the street? We've lined up images of 15 well-known watchmakers to test your facial recognition skills. So get your keyboards and pencils ready and see how many you can identify. As always, the answers are revealed at the end. Good luck! … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Fleurrier Appoints Marcia Mazzocchi as General Manager of the Americas

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Parmigiani Fleurier has announced the appointment of Marcia Mazzocchi as General Manager of the Americas, effective January 3rd, 2011. Ms. Mazzocchi will lead the brand in its efforts to develop a stronger presence in North and South America. … [Read more...]

SIHH Preview: Parmigiani Tonda 1950

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Simple is easy, if you don't mind wearing the equivalent of a stick figure on your wrist. Simple with elegance and style is decidedly more difficult. Proportions and details must be perfect. With the Tonda 1950, the designers at Parmigiani Fleurier capture the brand's essence with a few brushstrokes. … [Read more...]

Seal Wears Parmigiani In His New Music Video

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Seal's seventh album, Commitment, debuted this week, and the first video, Secret, reveals the still-sizzling chemistry between the performer and his supermodel wife Heidi Klum through intimate scenes of the couple together. In the video, Seal wears his long-time daily-wear timepiece, the Kalpa XL Tourbillon from Parmigiani. … [Read more...]

Scenes from the Pebble Beach Concours and The Quail Motorsport Event

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WatchTime had an opportunity to attend the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance and The Quail Motorsport Event last month, in connection with Parmigiani's launch of it's new Bugatti Super Sport timepiece. This is a small selection of images from these two events. You may view additional images here. … [Read more...]

WOW TIME: Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport

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In 2004 Parmigiani’s Bugatti Type 370 wowed the watch world with its horizontal, engine block-inspired movement layout. Fast-forward to 2010 and its wow time again at Parmigiani. WatchTime attended the launch of the wild new Super Sport, fittingly held during Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance weekend. We have exclusive photos of the launch, the watch, and the latest Bugatti Veyron whose name it shares. … [Read more...]

Images From the Parmigiani Bugatti Super Sport Official Launch

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Parmigiani held the official launch party for the Bugatti Super Sport at a private residence in Monterey, California, near the scene of the Pebble Beach Concours d'Elegance. WatchTime attended and captured these images, which may be enlarged with a click. Guests arrive for the event. Michel Parmigiani and a guest admire a Veyron. Arrangements are made for poolside dining. Michel Parmigiani with guests. Parmigiani Fleurier CEO Jean-Marc Jacot opens the press conference. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Hosts L.A. Premiere of the New Sony Pictures Classics Film Get Low

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Long-time independent film industry supporter and haute horlogerie manufacture Parmigiani Fleurier hosted the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures Classics newest film Get Low starring Robert Duvall, Sissy Spacek, Bill Murray and Lucas Black. The premiere and after-party took place July 27 at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills, well known as the venue of the Academy Awards ceremony. … [Read more...]

TIME TEST: It’s Automatic

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How much do you know about self-winding watches, past and present? Sharpen your pencil and set that cerebral rotor a’spinning. Answers, as usual, appear at the end. … [Read more...]

Past Forward

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Enthusiasts and collectors know Michel Parmigiani’s eponymous Fleurier-based brand. Less well known is his work as a master restorer of historical treasures. Trusted by leading collectors and museums, the Parmigiani atelier brings wonders from the past back to life, employing wide-ranging skills, and a bit of sleuthing. … [Read more...]

IWC and Parmigiani Go To The Oscars

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Top Hollywood celebrities wore IWCs as they made their way down the famous red carpet Sunday night. Taylor Lautner wore the Portuguese Chrono Automatic, Quentin Tarantino wore the Big Pilot, and Robin Williams wore the Pilot’s Mark XVI. Parmigiani Fleurier once again co-sponsored Sony Pictures Classics’ pre-Oscar celebration in Beverly Hills on Saturday night. Guests included Best Actress Nominee Carey Mulligan for "An Education" along with Helen Mirren and Christopher Plummer. Parmigiani is … [Read more...]

Parmigiani’s New Bugatti: the Atalante Flyback Chronograph

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Parmigiani's Bugatti Type 370 collection captured collectors' imaginations with its unique design and technical virtuosity. At SIHH 2010, Parmigiani launched its latest Bugatti-inspired timepiece, the Atalante Flyback Chronograph. Available in red and white gold, with a limited number in platinum, the Atalante is Parmigiani's first flyback. Unlike the highly unconventional Type 370, the Atalante is a more traditional round, 43 mm timepiece, though the overall aesthetic is far from staid. … [Read more...]

Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH)

The following brands will exhibit their timepieces to invited trade only at the Palexpo in Geneva: A.Lange & Söhne, Alfred Dunhill, Audemars Piguet, Baume & Mercier, Cartier, JeanRichard, Girard Perregaux, Greubel Forsey, IWC, Jaeger LeCoultre, Montblanc, Officine Panerai, Parmigiani Fleurier, Piaget, Ralph Lauren Watch & Jewelery Co, Richard Mille, Roger Dubuis, Vacheron Constantin, and Van Cleef & Arpels … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Invests Nearly $20 Million in Vaucher Manufacturing Facility

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Parmigiani has announced the opening of its nearly $20 million state-of-the-art Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier facility near its headquarters in Fleurier. The new facility provides about 75,000 square feet for Parmigiani's movement production, finishing and assembly. Parmigiani manufactures all its components within its own facilities. The new Vaucher workshop also provides a wide range of components and services to many of the most recognized names in haute horlogerie. … [Read more...]

Tips for Attending Baselworld

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Baselworld 2010 runs from March 18 to 25 and it's open to the public. Admission is CHF 60.00 for a 1-day pass, or CHF 150.00 for an 8-day pass. The doors are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., and until 4 p.m. on March 25. If you’re thinking of attending, here are some quick tips: The Fair is held at the Basel Exhibition Center, known locally as Messe Basel. Hall No. 1 is the main building where the big watch brands are located. Other buildings also house watch exhibitors – check maps available at … [Read more...]

SIHH Adds Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille

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2010 will mark the 20th anniversary of the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie and the Fondation de la Haute Horlogerie, organizer of the SIHH, is pleased to announce the arrival of two new exhibitors. Following a vote by the SIHH Exhibitor Committee, Greubel Forsey and Richard Mille will join the 17 brands which exhibited at the last SIHH. The 2010 exhibition will be held January 18-22 in Geneva. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Creates LE for Montreaux Jazz Festival

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Parmigiani Fleurier is a main partner of the Montreaux Jazz Festival, known worldwide as an event that features the finest musical artists. For 2009, Parmigiani has created a limited edition of its Kalpa XL and Grande models with a graphic signature designed to echo the musical theme of this year's Montreaux festival posters. … [Read more...]

Parmigiani Celebrates New Film “It Might Get Loud”

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On June 24 Parmigiani Fleurier hosted an after party following the Los Angeles premiere of Sony Pictures Classics’ rock and roll film documentary "It Might Get Loud," featuring guitar legends Jimmy Page, The Edge and Jack White. Parmigiani was involved with past Sony Pictures Classics films including “Rachel Getting Married” and “Jane Austen Book Club.” Most recently, Parmigiani presented Sony Pictures Classics co-presidents Tom Bernard and Michael Barker with timepieces in recognition … [Read more...]

Speak Easy

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Not long ago, Lynn Miner, a reader of WatchTime magazine, wrote with a request: would we publish a guide on how to pronounce all those nettlesome watch-brand names? We hope the following brand list, with phonetic spellings on the right, helps Miner and tongue-twisted watch fans everywhere. … [Read more...]