Heritage Chronometrie Collection
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Collection
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco da Gama Limited Edition 60
Vasco da Gama’s quest for new frontiers changed the course of history. In homage to this extraordinary spirit of discovery, Montblanc is introducing a very special timepiece in a magnificently decorated limited edition.
The Greek prefix “exo” refers to the innovative tourbillon, whose balance wheel is outside the cage. Isolated from the disturbing inertia of the cage, the balance oscillates with greater isochronism. The precision and functionality of the Manufacture Calibre MB R230 have been rigorously tested in the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.
Overlooking the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco da Gama at 6 o’clock is a dial depicting the night sky of the Southern hemisphere studded with stars – as a reference to Vasco da Gama’s celestial navigation. Its gleaming darkness is made of Aventurine, a translucent quartz with a shimmering effect called “aventurescence”. A diamond in the shape of the Montblanc emblem sparkles at 12 o’clock.
The edition is strictly limited to 60 pieces – referring to the 60-man crew of the São Gabriel. The São Gabriel is depicted in a unique drawing along with the seafarer’s signature on the sapphire crystal back of the 18 K white gold case.
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel Vasco da Gama Limited Edition 238
Montblanc honors the great explorer Vasco da Gama and his first journey to India with the intricate and highly functional calendar complication of the Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel in two limited editions.
Crafted in the tradition of fine Swiss watchmaking with subdials for the date, day of the week and month as well as central time indication, it is the unique moonphase at 6 o’clock that first catches the eye of the beholder. To display the phases of the moon, the blue-lacquered constellation holds an aperture for a golden turning disc below featuring the moon in the night sky.
The edition made of 18 K red gold is limited to 238 pieces – for the height of Cape Point, the peak overlooking the Cape of Good Hope, an important step on Vasco da Gama’s journey. The stainless steel edition is limited to 316 pieces – representing the number of days it took Vasco da Gama’s fleet to travel from Portugal to India. The case back of both editions is decorated with the explorer’s signature and his flagship – the São Gabriel.
Featuring the same spectacular moonphase, the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet in stainless steel displays the full calendar with a date by hand and windows for the day of the week and the month.
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph
Another horological highlight of the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Collection, this timepiece combines two of the most important chronometric complications: a chronograph and a revolutionary tourbillon. The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph takes performance to exhilarating new heights.
As the Greek prefix “exo” hints, its balance has been separated from the rotating cage. No longer adversely affected by the inertia of the cage, the balance wheel oscillates with greater isochronism. Developed and crafted entirely in house, the Manufacture Calibre MB R230 features as a second complication: a monopusher chronograph with a vertical clutch, a column wheel and a double barrel.
The sophisticated dial with different levels and refined finishes reflects the two complications of the timepiece. The upper dial, embellished with a fine ivory-grainé texture, is reserved for the date, hours and minutes and the chronograph indications with its lacquered counters. The lower level with vertical satin finishes unveils the intricate construction of the ExoTourbillon at 6 o’clock.
The dial is encased in a 44 mm case made of 18 K red gold with a concave bezel for scratch pro-tection and imposing round horns with distinctive facets. The otherwise fully polished case contrasts beautifully with the satin-finished decoration between the horns.
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel
A pleasure to behold no matter the date, the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel only needs to be adjusted by hand once every 365 days. For generations of watchmakers it was a perpetual challenge to precisely represent the Gregorian calendar, with its months of variable length. The date indication had to be adjusted five times a year. An inventive solution was provided with the annual calendar complication.
What made the difference was a tiny but crucial innovation: a cam wheel with lobes and notches of varying depth. It elicits an additional jump for every 30-day month, with no need for manual intervention. Thanks to this classic yet highly functional complication of the automatic Calibre MB 29.18, the Quantième Annuel only needs to be adjusted manually once a year, at the end of February. The switch from the 28th or 29th of February to the 1st of March is easily accomplished by extracting and turning the crown.
Its polished 40 mm case made of 18 K red gold is very slim with a height of only 9.5 mm. It features nicely shaped, curved horns with a distinctive facet to better flatter the wrist. The dial is adorned with red gold-plated appliqué indexes, red gold-plated sword hour and minute hands as well as small blued hands for the annual calendar indications. As a final touch, the distinctive crown features the Montblanc emblem in relief.
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time
The quest of the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Collection for ultimate precision demands absolute performance as modern life extends across continents. And across time zones. With a highly functional complication, this timepiece indicates both local time and hometime in an intuitive and easy-to-use way.
The time at the home destination is displayed by a 12-hour hometime hand in blue and a minute hand in gold. A 24-hour subdial at 12 o’clock indicates whether it is night or day at home. When travelling, the local time – displayed by the golden hour hand – can be easily adjusted in one-hour jumps and in both directions with the crown on second position – while the central minutes and the small seconds at 6 o’clock continue to run. The local time is linked with the date – a trusted companion not just for crossing the International Date Line. Just as easily and precisely, summer or winter time can be set without changing the minute. The dual-time manufacture complication of the Calibre MB 29.19 was conceived, developed and crafted at the Montblanc Manufacture.
No matter the time zone, the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time radiates the refined elegance of fine Swiss watchmaking. A polished 41 mm case with rounded, curved horns topped by a bezel with satinated and polished decoration, a silvery white dial with sunburst pattern, faceted indexes and a prominent Arabic 12 as well as rhodium-plated sword hands – its classic appearance adds elegance to any journey around the globe.
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Ultra Slim
The word MECANIQUE on the dial is a subtle hint to this timepiece’s soul. Montblanc’s master watchmakers developed and handcrafted this classic two-hand watch for true fine watchmaking aficionados with a passion for manually wound movements. This pristine timepiece embodies traditional craftsmanship with ultimate precision and pure functionality – in the very spirit of the legendary Minerva Pythagore.
Its Calibre MB 23.01 with manual winding mechanism is enclosed within an ultra-slim case. With a height of only 5.8 mm, this wristwatch shows admiration for mechanical timepieces in an understated way. Its slender dimensions make it an elegant and refined lifetime companion.
38 mm in diameter, the polished case of 18 K red gold or stainless steel has curved horns and comes with a black alligator skin strap, crafted in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence. The Montblanc emblem in relief bejewels the crown.