‘Watchmaking is like music: there is life with rhythm-and only if we build it wholeheartedly, can we achieve the glorious movement.’-Michel Parmigiani
LAUREN HILL, PET SHOP BOYS, GRACE JONES, Macy Gray, Erykah Badu, LONDON GRAMMAR band, YOUSOU N’DOUR, TOM JONES, etc … These are all about to participate in the 51st Montreux Jazz Festival (MJF for short) The guests of) once again proved that music has a strong cohesive force. Parmigiani and MJF are about to celebrate the tenth anniversary of their cooperation, and they will remember the precious emotions that are unforgettable in this decade.
Ten years of cooperation and sharing
Parmigiani started working with the Montreux Jazz Festival for the first time in 2007, establishing a foundation for a unique combination between the two fields of watchmaking and music. This past decade, Parmigiani is more determined than ever to pursue its common values with the Montreux Jazz Festival: to be curious about the world’s multiculturalism, to be open and inclusive; to focus on outstanding craftsmanship, and strive for a harmonious style ; Continue to advance the work of the founding ancestors, what they once valued most: crossing all boundaries and sharing their passion with as many people as possible.
As a global partner of the festival, Parmigiani will welcome its customers, partners and friends to its newly decorated space, to participate in a variety of concert activities for a total of 16 days, to spend unforgettable time.
TONDA MÉTROGRAPHE MJF Special Watch
Parmigiani is proud to present the special MJF watch, highlighting the black and white theme of the 2017 festival poster. This year, MJF invited the outstanding French genius graphic designer Malika Favre to design posters for the festival. She boldly used black and white tones to show female dancing. There are six instruments hidden between these female energetic body lines, and when you look closer, they begin to merge with each other. Parmigiani chose to reproduce this contrasting style on his new Tonda Métrographe: black dial with white date window, black strap with white stitching. The limited edition of 20 watches is engraved with the words ‘Montreux Jazz Festival’. Following the tradition, these watches will be presented to well-known figures in the music industry and emerging talents at the end of each concert.
Montreux Jazz Festival Special Watch — Ten Years of Persistence
Since cooperating with the Montreux Jazz Festival, Parmigiani has created a special MJF watch every year, the dials echo the theme of the year’s festival. The creative principle is: choose the most striking element from the festival poster-whether it is a central theme, a certain musical symbol or a certain design pattern-and then reproduce it through a unique dial, making full use of the Parmigiani Watchmaking Center The superb professionalism of the dial masters.
Often, a coating process called ‘épargnage’ is used for such displays. The method is to cover the dial with a custom protective element ‘épargne’ with selected elements, and then carry out the decoration process. The next step is to remove it, revealing the poster theme through contrasting surfaces and the interaction of texture and light.
In 2016, to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Montreux Jazz Festival, Parmigiani launched a special watch with a snail-shaped dial to echo the groove on a vinyl record at 33 rpm. The watch pays homage to the way people listened to music 50 years ago, highlighting the long history of the festival and the talent of its founder, Claude Nobs — he had a large collection of 33 rpm Vinyl Records.
Whether it’s a symbolic element or a transfer of a design, the special Montreux Jazz Festival watch, introduced every year since 2007, shows how an independent, creative watchmaker is collaborating with an event that shares the same values Superb craftsmanship shown in Chinese.
TONDA MÉTROGRAPHE MJF Special Watch
Winding: automatic winding
Power reserve: 42 hours
Frequency: 4 Hz-28,800 vibrations / hour
Dimensions: 12 ½ ” ‘-diameter 28.0 mm
Thickness: 6.07 mm
Number of parts: 351
Number of jewels: 46
Dimensions: 40 mm diameter
Thickness: 11.7 mm
Material: stainless steel
Water resistance: 30 meters
Table mirror: anti-glare sapphire
Back cover: sapphire
Watch back engraving: ‘Edition limitée XX / 20’
Time scale: rhodium-plated luminous coating
Surface finish: matte, snail-shaped chronograph
Hands: triangular hands with luminous coating