Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Memory Time, White Gold

£29,750
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This is an example of the Parmigiani Fleurier Toric Memory Time*, the watch that established many of the visual hallmarks that have since come to typify the brand. It features the signature double-stepped case, with knurled details, in white gold. The dial is in a slate shade with barleycorn-style engine turning, and discretely incorporates a second time zone display, by way of a jump hour. Powering it is the self-winding calibre PF132, with a solid gold rotor decorated beautifully.

FROM RESTORATION TO CREATION

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 ten years, from 1990 to 1999. It was there that he learnt “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.