Michel Parmigiani started his career in 1976 by restoring intricate Haute Horlogerie artwork. He began producing "private label" models for well-known watch makers in 1978. His design credits include the LUC 3.96 and LUC 1.96 movements made by Chopard. He was given the Gaia Award in 1995 in recognition of his work in the mechanical watch industry.