Laura Flessel, A Parmigiani Fleurier Woman of Exception
When the ladies’ collection was launched in 2006, Parmigiani Fleurier embarked on its Women of Exception project to recognise women from around the world who have devoted their lives to fields as diverse as science, medicine, business, sport, art and culture. These women, Nadia Dresti, Francesca Colombo or Pancy Ho, have been the architects of their own success; they have excelled in their field of expertise through selflessness, creativity and independence of spirit, tirelessly employing their qualities to the full day after day. Simply and without arrogance, these women have become leaders in their chosen domains while retaining their sense of curiosity and passion to guarantee continued success in future projects.
Parmigiani Fleurier wishes to recognize these exceptional women for their accomplishments, which sit perfectly with the brand’s own cherished philosophy. This title has nothing to do with celebrity, fortune or status; it is a distinction that acknowledges merit – an expression of admiration.
Today, Parmigiani Fleurier is deeply honoured and proud to bestow the title of Woman of Exception on Laura Flessel, the French fencer whose career has illuminated the world of sport. Nicknamed “La Guêpe” (the wasp) by the public, she employed her passion, talent and determination to unite a nation around this most refined of sports and inspire future generations of fencers.
Humble, in spite of her impressive record of success, Laura Flessel has become a worldwide ambassador for Parmigiani Fleurier. She has been awarded a new watch from the ladies’ collection in honour of the philosophy she shares with the brand, and to celebrate the passion that has driven her this far.
Laura Flessel is a French fencer whose talent has inspired a generation of sportsmen and women. Born and raised in Guadeloupe, where she developed her passion for fencing, she made her international debut in 1995. Her record since then is breathtaking: double Olympic champion, 6 times world champion and one time European champion – not to mention 15 national gold medals – Laura Flessel’s 17-year international career is a shining example of human endeavour and perseverance.
The London Olympics marked her retirement from fencing, however she is currently embarking on a range of different challenges around the world, including humanitarian causes and promotional initiatives for the sport that remains so dear to her.