Swiss watchmaker, Parmigiani Fleurier SA, was founded in Switzerland in 1996 by Michel Parmigiani. Since the company started, it has been making luxury watches for discerning clients all over the world. All watches made by Parmigiani Fleurier are 100 percent hand-made. Each one requires four hundred or more hours for putting it together. In addition, they have all been made using precious or semi-precious stones and precious metals. For the purpose of exclusivity, the company only produces a few thousand of each of the Parmigiani watches per year.
2006 Watch of the Year Award
One of their best-known watches is the Bugatti 370, which is a driving watch that was based upon the supercar, Bugatti Veyron, This particular watch won the Japanese press’ "Watch of the Year Award" in 2006. But, in addition to this world-class award-winning watch, Parmigiani also makes a number of other amazing watches for both men and women. We've chosen five that we consider as being representative of the best of the best from Parmigiani in several price categories starting with the most expensive, and provided some pertinent details about each watch, including:
The Bugatti Type 390 - $270,000 to $295,000
The Parmigiani Bugatti watch gets its design inspiration from the $3 million supercar, the Bugatti Veyron, which is why it’s called “the supercar for your wrist”. It’s currently available in both rose gold and white gold for $295,000. When Parmigiani introduces its titanium edition in 2018, it will run $270,000. All of the choices will have slimmed-down cylindrical movements, featuring a flying tourbillon. The dials are placed vertically for making them more easily readable when driving. The patent-pending articulated cases are capable of pivoting 12 degrees for adapting to your wrist and the very handsome alligator leather strap is made by Hermès. This is definitely the epitome of luxury watches for a seriously discerning clientele. It's definitely both unique and spectacular with fluid curves of the sophisticated case that have been truly inspired by those of Bugatti Veyron and Chiron models themselves.
The Kalpa Skeleton Tourbillon PFH159-2002800-HA1441- $155,000
This classic men's Parmigiani watch has a 44.7mm by 37.2 mm platinum case, hand-beveled bridges, and a black crocodile skin bracelet made by Hermes. It also features sapphire glass and a platinum bezel plus platinum lugs. The skeletonized open-worked sapphire dial has metallic hands with a luminescent dial. It also features an automatic movement and a power reserve indicator. The Kalpa Skeleton Tourbillon has a one-week power reserve with manual winding. It's also water resistant up to 30 meters. The dimensions are: Calibre is 29.3 x 23.6 mm (13‘’’ x 10 ½'''), and the watch's overall thickness is 5.55 mm.
The Tonda Perpetual Calendar Retrograde Moonphase-18K White Gold - $28,950
This is a limited production Parmigiani men's watch and very rare. It has Parmigiani's prestigious in-house automatic mechanical movement as well as a beautiful finish. It's quite a hefty watch at 131 grams. As with most Parmigiani men's timepieces, it has an alligator strap made by Hermes and an 18K white gold buckle. The dial itself is light magenta in color and carries the Parmigiani Cote-de-Geneve finishing pattern. The watch's overall dimensions are 42mm without the crown and 43.5mm with the crown.
The Toric Perpetual Calendar Men's Watch - $22,800
This handsome men's watch from Parmigiani offers a rose gold folding buckle, a special Toric automatic retrograde perpetual calendar featuring a leap year indicator, and a black dial. It fits wrists up to 8.5 inches. The dial features gold hour, minute, and second hands. An amazingly beautiful moon phase display can be found at 6 o'clock. It also has an automatic movement, Hermes crocodile skin band, and it is generally sold in a nice leather presentation case that is stamped and dated. It could make the perfect gift for any holiday or another special occasion.
The Kalpa Donna 18k Rose Gold with Ivory Dial Ladies' Watch - $12,750
With its bracelet and case of 18k rose gold, this amazing Parmigiani ladies' watch is definitely the perfect gift for that lovely lady in your life. Its case length is 24.8mm, case width is 34.8mm, and the thickness is 6.8mm. It features a folding buckle, an ivory dial, and an anti-reflective sapphire crystal crown. The hands of this watch are delta-shaped and have a luminescent coating with rhodium plating appliques on the dial markers. Other features include water resistance up to 30m and a full factory warranty from Parmigiani.
Written by Garrett Parker
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