Villa Flora Limited Edition

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Born on the yard of Villa Flora, the beloved summer house of the Aaltos. We have the honour of bringing together the birch from the yard of Villa Flora and the Aaltos’ iconic design heritage.

The Aaltos highly valued family-time. In 1926, Aino designed Villa Flora in Alajärvi as a summer house for the family. For over 20 years, the Aaltos spent their summers at their beloved villa. Through all these years, Villa Flora has remained in the possession of the Aalto family.

Now, almost 100 years later, two birches grew too close to the summer villa, and they had to be cut down. We saved the best pieces of the birches and turned them into a limited collection of 1000 numbered Villa Flora Limited Edition Watches.

Beautiful, light-coloured birch couples seamlessly with the Aaltos’ timeless design. The beating heart of the watch is the prestigious Miyota automatic movement.

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Specs & Sizes

Case size40mm
Case thickness10mm
Band width20mm Interchangeable band
Band lengthAdjustable for any wrist size between 14cm and 21cm with tools included.
MovementMiyota 9015 Automatic movement with 24 jewels, 42 hour power reserve
Wood materialBirch from the Villa Flora, a beloved summer house of Alvar and Aino Aalto
Metal parts and case316L Stainless steel, color gold
DialBirch dial with gold frame
GlassSapphire glass
Water resistance5 ATM

Please note that products may vary in colour and tone within the same wood species.

The beloved
summer house of the Aaltos – Villa Flora

When they were not working, Aino and Alvar Aalto valued spending time with their family. In 1926, Aino designed the Aalto family a lakeside summer house in the shade of birch trees.

The whole family spent their summers together there in the nature, relaxing, swimming and rowing. The beloved summer house was named Villa Flora.

On the side, you can scroll through pictures of their life at Villa Flora from the Aalto family’s photo album.

From a birch into a watch

Now, almost a century later, the birch trees around Villa Flora have grown high, and over the years a couple of them have grown too close to the villa. These trees had to be cut down, but their cherished story will not end there.

Together with an iconic design, the birch from the summer landscape of the Aaltos adorn the unique batch of 1000 numbered Villa Flora Limited Edition Watches.

ICONIC CIRCULAR HOLES ON THE WATCH BEZEL

STEPS ON THE WATCH CASE

BAND INSPIRED BY THE WOODEN GRATING OF THE AALTOS

Nothing that is old can be reborn. But nor will it disappear entirely.
And that which once was, always returns in some new form.

-ALVAR AALTO 1921

Alvar and Aino Aalto –
The masters of form

Functionality, an everyday aesthetic and timelessness form the base for the design philosophy of Alvar and Aino Aalto. They are a strong and steady part of the Scandinavian design heritage. For decades, the Aaltos have been leaving their mark on Finnish homes and hearts with their beautiful design classics.

Together with the award-winning designer Harri Koskinen, we had the opportunity to study rarely-seen sketchbooks of Alvar and Aino Aalto.

Close collaboration with the Aalto heirs resulted in an elegant and modern Aarni X Alvar & Aino Aalto watch collection that radiates the philosophy and design language of the Aaltos, taking its place in the grand Scandinavian design tradition.

Award-winning designer
Harri Koskinen

The watch collection is designed by the award-winning contemporary Finnish designer Harri Koskinen. Koskinen’s watch design was created with Finnish birch and a combination of details that revive the design heritage of the Aaltos.

It was important to create an independent design for the watches. Small details support the unique overall experience.

With the favourite
wood of the Aaltos: Birch

Alvar and Aino were pioneers of working with, bending and utilising birch. And later icons.

The color of birch wood is light and even, and its grain patterns are often rather subtle. The pattern of the wood can vary depending on the habitat of the tree and the woodgrains can vary in direction, creating wavy patterns.

The ground-breaking L-leg created by the Aaltos laid the foundation for a new way of using wood in design and objects.

Birch bends again. This time into a watch.

“I knew it was a crazy idea.
But also one of the most fascinating ones.”

We summarised the story of Aarni X Alvar & Aino Aalto watch collection into a short documentary. Watch the video below.

 

Birch

Finnish birch wood is a versatile and esteemed material with a rich tradition in Nordic craftsmanship. Native to the pristine forests of Finland, birch trees have long been cherished for their elegant appearance, light color, and a range of applications that showcase the wood’s unique qualities.

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