Parmigiani Fleurier: A Time for Luxury
PARMIGIANI FLEURIER STUDIO GLITTERS IN THE MIAMI DESIGN DISTRICT.
By Gina Samarotto
Already teeming with fabulous dining, cutting edge fashion, noteworthy design and architecture, the Miami Design District has a hot, new neighbor to welcome home. With the opening of their fourteenth location worldwide and the debut of their first North American flagship studio, the luxury watch company known as Parmigiani Fleurier has combined everything we love about European-inspired opulence and infused it with the essence of Miami.
Guests to the new Studio Parmigiani Miami are welcomed into 1,038 sq ft of pure luxury spread throughout three seductive spaces, each a meticulously planned oasis for chic city shoppers. In addition to the two, well-appointed primary spaces where Parmigiani’s ‘timely’ collections and objects d’art are showcased from within dramatic, wall-mounted vitrines; a third area is secreted towards the rear of the studio where a small lounge enveloped in blue lacquered walls offers sumptuous escape – and a more private setting from which to peruse the design house’s exceptional and exclusive offerings.
Since its inception in 1996, the brand has been steadily building a loyal following. These enthusiasts – referred to as ‘friends’ by Parmigiani – comprise an illustrious group of timepiece aficionados including actor Kristin Scott Thomas, famed perfumer Serge Lutens, Viennese opera sensation Clemes Unterreirner and the inimitable Christian LaCroix among their number. Banded together by a shared affection for well-crafted timepieces, Parmigiani’s ‘friends’ glitter as brilliantly as the watches themselves – and given the brand’s breathtaking collections, the affection is well deserved.
Of the notable collections from Parmigiani, pieces from the Tonda line are among the best loved and widely recognized. Each individually numbered piece from the Tonda Collection is an elegant interpretation of a style that is – in a word – timeless. Offered in 18kt gold and featuring faces crafted of either Tahitian mother-of-pearl, white mother-of-pearl, grained white facing or dark graphite dials; each Tonda 1950 sports delta-shaped hands and a small second dial at the six o’clock position ensuring its place as a modern classic. The women’s model is adorned with 84 brilliant diamonds totaling 0.6460 carats and both men’s and women’s versions sport the quintessential indulgence of staggeringly gorgeous bands created for Parmigiani by Hermes.
Breathing an international, jet setting appeal to the Tonda line is the Hemispheres Collection. Crafted from gleamingsteel, the Tonda Hemisphere Collection boasts features including a date indicator at nine o’clock, a day/night setting along with the small second dial at the six, a second time zone indicator with hour and minute at the twelve o’clock position and a second day/night indicator nestled at half past the one.
Parmigiani Fleurier is located at 140 N.E. 39th Street, Miami, FL 33137
For more information, please visit www.parmigiani.ch