One of the biggest summer events in the world of music, the Montreux Jazz Festival is held every year in early July since 1967 in Geneva. Its main sponsor since 2007, Swiss luxury watchmaker Parmigiani Fleurier has released a special edition watch to celebrate the event each year. This year’s timepiece dubbed, the Tonda Mambo, pays tribute to Cuba’s famous Latin music.
The dial of each special edition timepiece features the colors of a national flag, a guitar motif with an open sound hole that reveal the tourbillion. This beautiful watch combines the world of music and the art of making complicated timepieces. The dial features a motif created using wooden marquetry of a Cuban musician in a polka dot shirt plucking the strings of his guitar and playing a Mambo melody from his homeland. All indices on the dial are rhodium plated.
Housed in a 42 mm platinum case, the caliber PF510 manual movement features a one week’s power reserve, 21,600 vph and “Côtes de Genève” decorations. It is also water resistant up to 30 meters. Each watch is individually number engraved along with the words “MODELE UNIQUE” on the case-back. The Havane Alligator strap from Hermès adds an extra bit of elegance to the watch.
Artists scheduled to perform at this year’s Montreux Jazz Festival include Pharrell Williams, Jamie Cullum, Van Morrison, Stevie Wonder and Herbie Hancock. The Tonda Mambo in Swiss Francs without tax is priced at CHF 273,000 ($307,000 approximately).