The double GMT pocket watch was made circa. 1870 and brought back to life in the restoration workshops of Parmigiani Fleurier in 2004. The desire to create the brand’s own dual time-zone wristwatch came from there.
The Toric Kaleidoscope Prestige owes its beauty to the hypnotising optical effect recreated on its dial. This unique piece of the Toric family was inspired by a pocket watch dating from the late 18th century, belonging to the Sandoz collection and restored by the Parmigiani Fleurier restoration workshop.
Michel Parmgiani was born on December 2nd 1950 in Couvet, in canton Neuchâtel. Upon completing his high school degree, he hesitates between watchmaking and architecture, two disciplines that meet in their technical as well as creative facets. Watchmaking prevails in the end because of the mysterious side it comprises. Michel Parmigiani completes his studies by a speciality in restoration – a field reserved to the best and finest watchmakers.
To restore an object is to bring it back to its former glory. Fundamental distinction, a Restoration is by no means a Repair; it is not some kind of after-sales for ancient artefacts. The latter consists in making the object function no matter the cost whereas the former is about re-establishing its original nature – no more no less. The restoration process defined by Michel Parmigiani comprises three work stages.
Today we look into one of the showcases of the exhibition at Les Ambassadeurs in Zurich: The Ovale Pantographe and its restoration counterpart and source of inspiration.