Five Ateliers, One Manufacture
PARMIGIANI FLEURIER'S WATCHMAKING CENTER
Every Parmigiani Fleurier timepiece is the result of the efforts of dedicated artisans and craftsmen, plying their trades throughout five distinct companies all under one corporate roof. Since 1996, when Michel Parmigiani partnered with the Sandoz Family Foundation in the foundation of his eponymous watch brand, they have built a vertically integrated watchmaking center with the Parmigiani Fleurier at its creative heart. While each of the five companies — which together encompass all the industrial and artisanal disciplines involved in the production of high-end timepieces, from the production of screws and balance springs, to computer-aided design and prototyping, to the finishing of cases and dials — also provide their expertise to other high-horology watch companies, it is Parmigiani Fleurier that is at the forefront of their production and at the pinnacle of their craftsmanship.
Parmigiani Fleurier is one of the few modern watch maisons with a deeply rooted tradi- tion in antique timepiece restoration, a specialty of its founder and namesake, Michel Parmigiani. Its driving philosophy, in which a timepiece is approached as both a work of art and a practical timekeeping device, is shared among the collective that makes up the Parmigiani Watchmaking Centre. The five producers are Les Artisans Boitiers (LAB), a cutting-edge casemaker brought into the fold in May 2000; Atokalpa, a prolific purveyor of movement parts acquired in December of that same year; Elwin, a longtime supplier of micro-mechanical parts absorbed in January 2001; Vaucher Manufacture Fleurier, the respected movement manufacturer established in 2003; and Quadrance & Habillage, whose founding and addition to the Watchmaking Centre in 2005 added in-house dial-making to the roster of horological savoir faire.