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This Toric Memory Time GMT is one of the earlier pieces created by Parmigiani Fleurier. It integrates an unusual jump-hour display, which runs from 1 to 24, allowing the wearer to keep track of the 24-hour cycle.
In 1996, Parmigiani Fleurier launched the Toric Memory Time, the first ever watch to have been created by the brand. Shortly after, they followed it up with the Toric Memory Time GMT, seen here, which integrates many of the same characteristics, with a twist. It makes use of delta rather than spade hands, and “Greenwich Mean Time” is printed just below the jump-hour display.
The name itself, “Memory Time”, is highly evocative, recalling Parmigiani’s roots as a restorer and aptly encompassing the nostalgic aesthetics of the piece. Making use of various textures and patterns, the piece manages to evoke a youthful and attractive air while still retaining its traditional appearance.
Elegance and subtlety are the watchwords of this neo-vintage piece, as it combines traditional techniques such as engine-turning with an understated complication, further maintaining its classically styled look through the combination of a white-gold case and silvered dial. The watch also possesses an unusual jump-hour display, which runs from 1 to 24, allowing the wearer to keep track of the 24-hour cycle.
Powered by the self-winding calibre PF132, which is based on a Lemania 8813 ébauche, the movement can be seen through the sapphire caseback. It is decorated to the highest standards, with subtle Côtes de Genève and a stylised rotor.
If sold within the United Kingdom, this Parmigiani Fleurier Toric GMT Greenwich Mean Time will be subject to 20% VAT.
Toric GMT Greenwich Mean Time PF001527
Automatic-winding calibre PF132
World time complication, hours, minutes
Sapphire front and back
Grey saffiano strap, white gold buckle
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This Parmigiani Toric Memory Time GMT is in very good condition overall, with a few superficial marks throughout consistent with minimal wear.
The watch comes with a two-year warranty from A Collected Man, alongside a lifetime guarantee of authenticity.
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Michel Parmigiani is widely recognised as one of the foremost restorers of vintage clocks and watches.
In 1976, in the midst of the Quartz Crisis, he opened his own workshop, where he most notably brought back to life several pieces which now sit in the Patek Philippe Museum in Geneva, building his appreciation and understanding for traditional watchmaking.
Interestingly, it was in the Parmigiani workshop that Kari Voutilainen first began his own watchmaking journey, restoring vintage masterpieces for nearly 10 years, from 1990 to 1999. It was there that he learned “everything they don’t teach you at watchmaking school”, Voutilainen once commented.
Alongside restoring historic pieces, Parmigiani also began to branch out, attempting more original creations such as minute repeaters, perpetual calendars, and other pieces. In 1996, he established his own manufacture, in Fleurier. Backed by the Sandoz Family Foundation – whose collection of watches and clocks were restored by Parmigiani – he was afforded greater creative freedom through this financial backing, with the foundation also acquiring dial, movement, and case makers to allow for greater freedom and in-house production. Over the 25 years since the brand was created, there have been two distinct design periods – the Toric collection, and the more modern Kalpa and Tonda series.