Celebrating its 10th year partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival, Parmigiani Fleurier has created a special edition timepiece on the 51st annual edition of the prestigious musical event inaugurated on 30 Jun 2017.
Parmigiani Fleurier MJF Special Edition watch echoes the black and white theme of the 2017 poster. This year, the MJF has called on the extraordinary talents of French graphic designer Malika Favre, who has created a bold monochrome representation of women dancing. Hiding between the energetic lines of their bodies are six musical instruments, which start to emerge upon closer inspection.
Parmigiani Fleurier has chosen to play with this contrast on its new Tonda Métrographe, which features a white date window against a black dial, and a black strap with white topstitching. The back of each watch in this limited edition of 10 numbered pieces is engraved with “Montreux Jazz Festival”.
Every year since the advent of the partnership with the Montreux Jazz Festival, Parmigiani Fleurier has created an MJF special edition watch with a dial which reflects the theme of that year. The principle consists of selecting the most striking element from the Festival poster — whether this is a central theme, a musical symbol or a motif — then reproducing it on a unique dial, calling on the technical expertise of the master dial makers working at the manufacture’s watchmaking centre.
Often, the technique used to showcase this motif is “épargnage”. It consists of placing a custom-made protective piece — the “épargne”, featuring the chosen motif — on the dial before a decorative treatment is applied. It is then removed, and the poster’s theme is revealed by the contrasting surfaces and the play of textures and light.
In 2016, to mark the 50th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Parmigiani Fleurier unveiled a Special Edition with a snailed dial, evoking the grooves of a 33 rpm vinyl record. This timepiece paid tribute to music, in the format available to listeners 50 years ago, and underscored the longevity of the festival and the genius of its founder Claude Nobs, a huge collector of 33s.
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz – 28,800 Vib/h
Dimensions: 12 ½”’ – Ø 28.0 mm
Thickness: 6.07 mm
Display of the date in a window
Dimensions: Ø 40 mm
Thickness: 11.7 mm
Material: Stainless steel
Water resistance: 30 m
Crystal: Anti-reflective sapphire
Engraving on case-back: “Edition limitée XX/10”
Indices: Rhodium-plated appliques, luminescent coating
Finish: Opaline, snailed counters
Hands: Delta shaped with luminescent coating