The iconic Tonda Tourbillon model bears on its dial the first Parmigiani Fleurier Marquetries and consist of two unique pieces of rare beauty which imply an astounding creativity and daring.
The idea dreamt up by the Parmigiani Fleurier designers was to depict a musical scene which was not static and conventional, as literal representations often are.
The guitar is an instrument with natural links to wood marquetry, and it was decided to use the Union Jack and the Stars and Stripes as the backdrops in this tableau paying homage to the two most influential countries in the history of rock and roll. The Tonda's tourbillon becomes the sound box of the guitar, music and the watchmaking art become one and the instrument comes to life through the regular oscillations of the complication.
Each marquetry dial is the result of 10 days' work and comprises more than fifty pieces of dyed wood. These have been designed, cut and then assembled with such meticulous care that the resulting dial appears perfectly flat to the naked eye.
The Tonda Woodrock, the British version, and Tonda Woodstock, the American version, are two unique models suggesting a paradigm where sound and image are interchangeable; two watches which celebrate the international culture of music, illustrated through exceptional watchmaking.