Parmigiani’s Historical Perspective

  • Michel Parmigiani watch sketch
  • Michel Parmigiani watch sketch
  • Laurie Kahle

This fall, about 50 pieces from the Edouard and Maurice Sandoz Foundation collection will venture out of Switzerland for the first time, taking up temporary residence from October 26 through November 26 at A La Vieille Russie, a Manhattan gallery that has specialized in rare works for 160 years. The exhibit will showcase masterpieces by the Russian master jeweler Peter Carl Fabergé, in addition to several horological treasures including pocket watches, a perfume spray gun, automaton watches, cages with songbirds, snuffboxes, and automaton animals. To celebrate the event, the foundation’s official restorer, Michel Parmigiani, whom Sandoz backed in launching his own brand, will unveil two new wristwatches inspired by pieces in the exhibition. A circa-1800 oval-shaped Vardon and Stedman pocket watch was the impetus for a wristwatch ($100,000, limited to 300 pieces) with telescopic hands that stretch and contract to the contours of its oblong case. And the new Toric Minute Repeater wristwatch ($600,000, limited to three pieces) with a sector display references a signed Perrin Frères pocket watch dating to the early 19th century. (www.parmigiani.ch)

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