Michel Parmigiani was born in 1950 in Couvet, a small village in the Val-de-Travers. Michel chose to stay close to his roots, continuing to work within the region even to the present day. As a young man, he was entrusted to restore priceless pieces from the Patek Philippe Museum and the Château des Monts.
Edouard Marcel Sandoz, a sculptor and painter, whose father founded Sandoz SA, a pharmaceutical company now owned by Novartis SA, formed the Sandoz Family Foundation in 1964. Michel Parmigiani was entrusted with the maintenance of the Collection Edouard Marcel Sandoz which included rare automata and clocks. Later, the Sandoz Family Foundation encouraged Michel to establish his own brand, making clocks and watches.
The Maison was inaugurated in 1996 and the brand released its first watch just three years later. Thereafter, the company acquired a series of specialist component factories. Today, the only parts within a Parmgiani Fleurier watch which are sourced externally are sapphire crystals, rubies and Hermès straps. A Parmgiani Fleurier timepiece is suffused with peerless craftsmanship and mechanical virtue. Indeed, this comparatively young Maison is held in the highest esteem and considered an exemplar of haute horlogerie.