2013 Sihh Geneva’s Haute Horlogerie-parmigiani Presents Wooden Inlay Craftwork Timepieces

Explaining the beauty of music with mosaics-this is the challenge Parmigiani gave himself. This year, Parmigiani launched three stunning pieces: two Tonda Tourbillon watches and a table clock. The dial evokes people’s imagination of the world of music and art, and since then has set a new standard of excellence.
 In order to show the colorful and natural musical vitality, Parmigiani for the first time adopts exquisite and delicate inlay craftsmanship. This is a truly ancient craft, mainly trimming and assembling on wooden planes to create extremely fine decorative effects
 Various colors and inlaid mosaic mosaics make the musical temperament of each timepiece appear, which shows that this watchmaking brand with Fleurier as its origin has long supported the modern music culture. .
 The three timepieces not only demonstrate excellent watchmaking skills, but also reflect the infinite creativity of Parmigiani. They express Parmigiani’s devotion to advancing this rare and ancient handicraft: protecting and inheriting traditional arts and crafts always has a place in the Swiss watchmaking industry.

UK version

Tonda Woodrock
 The iconic new Tonda Tourbillon tourbillon watch displays the inlay craftsmanship applied by Parmigiani for the first time ever on the dial. Two styles are available, both unique and stunning. Its creativity and boldness are breathtaking.
 The creators of Parmigiani’s designers aim to make the timepiece vivid and unconventionally depict a musical scene like a literary work.
 The guitar is a musical instrument with a natural connection to wood inlays. The designers decided to use the British flag and the American flag as background inspiration for their timepiece design, in order to pay tribute to these two most influential countries in the history of rock music. The tourbillon device of the Tonda watch is like the speaker of a guitar. The effect of the complex vibration of the tourbillon complex device seems to give the guitar a life. The ingenious connection between the two makes the music and watchmaking art merge into this.
 Each of the dials crafted with inlaying craftsmanship contains more than 50 pieces of dyed wood, the result of 10 days of hard work. These woods are designed, cut, and assembled to the best of their ability to reach a smooth surface that appears to the naked eye.

US version

 Tonda Tourbillon’s two models are named Tonda Woodrock (UK version) and Tonda Woodstock (US version)-these two self-contained models are a perfect example of sound and sound, they use extraordinary watchmaking techniques to highlight Music without borders.

Blue Note 15 day clock
 The silver 15-day clock was first introduced in 2011. The streamlined appearance perfectly embodies the outstanding quality of various modifications. By placing the power reserve indicator on a barrel and displaying the patented invention of the Parmigiani company-the Maltese cross, this clock shows us its technical and artistic excellence.
 As the third timepiece to praise music, this clock is also indispensable for the last complicated process: the inlay of the dial.
 The mosaic design was inspired by the Dutch painter Piet Mondrian, who is best known for murals that combine lines and different color blocks. These grid lines and various color combinations make Mondrian’s work exude a musical atmosphere, an example of blending audio and image.
 The dial of this clock adopts the design style of ‘dividing different planes’ that Mondrian likes very much, and also adopts the same ‘vivid combination of various main colors’ method, which makes the clock appear off-string ‘sound’. The trumpet, double bass, piano, and three instruments compete on the dial, but such a gorgeous three-piece set is ‘semi-covered’, the point is not here. The instrument itself is not important, what is important is the music produced by the instrument, the music rising from the vivid background painting.

Mosaic art
 Mosaic work is a respectable ancient art that is no longer common in life.
 The process of inlaying is mainly to cut out some inlays on the wooden plane and assemble them to create extremely delicate decorative effects. Inlay craftsmen are often trained as furniture technicians. They are hardworking and precise. From the initial sketches on paper to the creation of spectacular mosaic mosaics that can subvert the original design-the many high-tech processes of mosaic art are well known.
 The work of the inlay craftsmen began with the original design of Lintong, and they used a special tool (Rotring drawing pen) to carefully draw each element. This copying work is the basis of the mosaic work, from which the size and contour of each design block can be determined.
 Next, inlay craftsmen reprint ten or more design drawings on paper, and they will use these drawings to cut out different design blocks. In preparing for this critical cutting stage, the craftsman selects the wood, the selection criteria relate to the color and surface of the wood, and then piles the 10 carefully selected woods together. The wood is firmly nailed together with nails, and then the copy map to be processed is glued to the top of the pile of wood. Use a saw blade to carefully cut along the boundary of the copy image to obtain 10 wooden blocks with the same shape. Even if all that is needed is a wooden block, the inlay craftsman always cuts it with a pile of wood, and then only keeps the most successful cut of the 10 blocks. Every design block has to go through this process. Even if there is only a slight difference between each design block, each block must be cut according to this set of procedures. There are as many different woods as there are differences. Blocks and how many different colors.
 Once the last block was cut, there seemed to be no more complicated procedures, at which point the craftsmen began to assemble the design block. However, even this last step is not easy, and often there are unexpected ‘surprises’. Although the entire process strictly follows the dimensions, when the block assembly stage is reached, the craftsman may still find very small errors or small eye-catching cracks, so the entire work is ruined. The craftsman must start from scratch and patiently copy and cut again as needed.
 The work of mosaic work must be persistent and accurate, and even the smallest details must be carefully considered, and the overall situation must be kept in mind. Everything is revealed at the last minute because of the results of the mosaic work. At this time, each block is perfectly embedded in its own position and plays its role as part of the whole.