Feb 9, 2016

The Restoration Of The Double-Barrel Pistol And Its Songbird By Parmigiani Fleurier

Tags: Craftsmanship, Double barrel pistol with songbird automaton, Michel Parmigiani, Parmigiani Fleurier, Restoration, Technology

Michel Parmigiani belongs to the intimate circle of watchmakers that is today able to restore super complex, vintage micro mechanical creations. Together with a few other highly skilled craftsmen, he runs the discreet but necessary restoration workshop belonging to the Parmigiani Group, where he is also in charge of maintaining the Sandoz collection. .

Just recently, Parmigiani unveiled the result of his team’s latest task: a pistol integrating an automaton singing bird that pops out of the barrel once the mechanism has been started. Michel Parmigiani and his coworkers naturally benefited from the previous experience of restoring a similar object belonging to the Patek Philippe Museum. It helped them save precious time as this singing bird pistol was in worse shape. To start, the watchmakers created a bigger reproduction of the mechanism, thereby counting on the help of the whole group in terms of research and development. This leads us to mention the fact that the Parmigiani Group is one of the most integrated today and thus able to repair delicate mechanisms of yesteryear according to the rules of the art form as well as inventing the most fascinating mechanisms bound to populate the future of watchmaking – such as the Senfine concept watch introduced at the 2016 edition of SIHH, which integrates a silicon “sauterelle” regulator that tremendously increases the power reserve.

Two other double-barrel pistols outfitted with songbirds have also been identified elsewhere in the world. And they, too, need to be restored.

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  • Alejandro Sintes Ruiz de la Escalera

    Alejandro Sintes Ruiz de la Escalera

    But, it can't move up and down like the older ones can, after that a perfect recreation with no doubts.

    Feb 16, 2018

  • Leggo My Ego

    Leggo My Ego

    So much time, skill, and money wasted on something that is absolutely pointless.

    Jul 13, 2017

  • regisgoat


    What I'm curious about is the provence. Who had such an item, some foppish champion of the people who distracted aristocratic villains with it? The Scarlet Pimpernel himself?

    May 31, 2017

  • Ice Breezy

    Ice Breezy

    Michelle Martelli

    Oct 11, 2016



    This just inspires me for some reason

    Sep 13, 2016

  • drawin code

    drawin code

    What Was it used for? Just to Impress?

    Aug 19, 2016

  • V Cccc

    V Cccc

    Insane. The item itself is staggering. The fact Parmigiani could do this is mad. Crazy level of engineering and technology now, let alone 200 years ago. The finish...! 5000 hours spent fixing it, the level of detail. Must have cost near a million too. Wonder how much it's worth, it's just a crazy item.

    May 20, 2016

  • Andreas Breitenreiter

    Andreas Breitenreiter

    And that is made in the 19 th century, without machines and computers! It is a little mechanic wonder. Wow!

    Apr 18, 2016

  • Abid Hassan

    Abid Hassan

    i want one

    Feb 18, 2016

  • Girom Christian Calica

    Girom Christian Calica

    I wish they begin selling these as some sort of expensive non-electric toys in the next few decades with the advent of 3D printing. That, or just have another replica built but with Mystia Lorelei with an electric guitar in place of the bird.

    Feb 17, 2016

  • Harold Bullock

    Harold Bullock

    Good to see that someone is keeping these treasures and restoring them.

    Feb 14, 2016

  • MrFreezewithYelloIce


    They did a perfect job restoring this piece, amazing!

    Feb 14, 2016

  • felix crab

    felix crab

    its a shame they arnt repairing this by hand and jussst CNCing everything. thats hardly faithful restoration. imagine if it were a breguet pocketwatch or something how sad it would be to have CNC'd partss in something with such historical value

    Feb 10, 2016

  • Amintas Neto

    Amintas Neto

    Amazing work! Thanks for sharing

    Feb 10, 2016

  • Charles


    Oh my goodness! This is epic, fantastic, and thank-you so much for bringing this to us!!

    Feb 10, 2016

  • SoCalFreelance


    I'm stunned by its speed, precision, and mechanical complexity today in 2016, can only imagine what people 200 years ago thought of it.

    Feb 09, 2016

  • yiannis merianos

    yiannis merianos

    speechless! the charming 🐦 grandfather! the restoration need parts from high cnc machine's! how on 🌎 they did it back then,!

    Feb 09, 2016

  • Agentxphile


    The guy that handles your beats and music is awesome. Loved how the gird tweet got incorporated. Very Cool vid :)

    Feb 09, 2016

  • d3liux3


    Is that really how it sounds?

    Feb 09, 2016

  • timstring0902


    Such beautiful machine components in a single video of such a remarkable antique masterpiece, thoroughly enjoyed this video. Today is my birthday and I consider this video as a gift to myself from you guys, thanks :)

    Feb 09, 2016

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