WOOD MAR­QUETRY

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A 16th-cen­tury dec­o­ra­tive tech­nique, wood mar­quetry re­quires crafts­men to as­sem­ble tiny pieces of wood ve­neer to form in­tri­cate pat­terns. It is em­ployed in the Tonda Woodrock (pic­tured here) and Tonda Wood­stock watches of Parmi­giani’s Tonda Tour­bil­lon col­lec­tion. The two mod­els fea­ture hand­crafted di­als each com­pris­ing more than 50 pieces of dyed wood and re­quir­ing up to 10 days of work. The com­pany en­listed Bastien Chevalier, an in­ter­na­tion­ally ac­claimed mar­quetry artist famed for his knack for in­cor­po­rat­ing con­tem­po­rary ele­ments into the tra­di­tional craft, to cre­ate the de­signs of Gib­son gui­tars bear­ing the United States and United King­dom flags. The wood ve­neers are so seam­lessly in­te­grated with the rest of the de­sign that the gui­tars look painted on.

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