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In recent Issues, QP has devoted plenty of space to the resurgence of ambition on British watchmaking and QP58 is no exception as we recount the debut of M [...]


QP Magazine Current Issue #58


A Parmigiani tribute to music through marquetry

Friday 25 January 2013

Celebrating the influence of rock music from both the UK and US, Parmigiani Fleurier has created three unique timepieces - two Tonda Tourbillon wristwatches and a table clock - using the art of marquetry. The same technique that Cartier employed in 2011's Rotonde de Cartier Brown Bear, these mosaics of wood veneer bring together watchmaking excellence and traditional arts and crafts with each dial comprising 50 pieces and taking 10 days to complete.


The two, featured wristwatches are Tonda Tourbillon models which depict musical scenes with cubist-style motifs. The 42mm cases are water-resistant to 30m and house the PF 510 hand-wound calibre with one-week power reserve. A Gibson guitar is at the centre of each dial, with the tourbillon providing the sound box, while the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes provide the backdrops. Representing Britain is the Tonda Woodrock in platinum and the Tonda Woodstock in rose gold is its American counterpart.


The Clock 15 Days Blue Note adds a new flavour to the 2011 original with a dial design inspired by Dutch painter Piet Mondrian depicting a jazz trio of trumpet, double bass and piano in striking primary colours. The 142mm vermeil cabinet houses the PF 920 in-house movement with power reserve indicator on the barrel.


All three unique pieces are exclusive to Harrods in London and were introduced to mark the opening of the Montreux Jazz Café within the store. The two wristwatches cost £210,000, while the table clock could be yours for £52,400.


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