New Parmigiani Fleurier Tourbillon Inspired by Woodstock

By Paul Joseph

It is not too often that luxury watches and popular culture come together, but Swiss brand Parmigiani Fleurier have done just that by creating a stunning new music-themed timepiece using a combination of classic arts and crafts and modern watchmaking techniques.

Designed to celebrate the spirit of music, the 42mm, 18-karat rose gold Tonda Woodstock timepiece – named after the legendary music festival that took place in the US in 1968 – is Parmigiani Fleurier’s first venture into wood marquetry, featuring a wooden dial boasting a Gibson guitar overlaying the US Stars and Stripes.

Showcased at the recent SIHH watch fair in Geneva, the watch’s dial was made using a delicate technique that consists of cutting out and assembling wood veneers and takes a total of 10 days, with the end result comprising more than fifty pieces of dyed wood, each painstakingly assembled to ensure the dial appears perfectly flat to the naked eye.

As well as the Tonda Woodstock timepiece, Parmigiani Fleurier have also created a platinum variation called the Tonda Woodrock, which honours UK music, featuring a guitar overlaying the Union Jack flag on its wooden dial.

Other notable features of both timepieces include a PF 510 hand-wound movement, anti-reflective sapphire crystal, a leather Hermès alligator strap with an 18-karat rose gold folding buckle and polished finish, one-week power reserve and water resistance up to 30 metres.

Both watches are exclusive to Harrods in London, and available priced at £210,000 (€243,362).

By Paul Joseph