Heritage Chronometrie Collection
Montblanc Collection Villeret
Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama Limited Edition 18
The pioneering spirit of the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret honors the legacy of one of history’s greatest explorers. For 157 years Villeret’s master watchmakers have traditional Swiss watchmaking with the same combination of innovation, precision and determination that guided Vasco da Gama on his historic expedition.
Their voyage into the uncharted territories of the watchmaking world continues with the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama: a timepiece that unites – for the first time ever – a cylindrical tourbillon and unique, functional worldtime indication. Strictly limited to 18 pieces, the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama is a revolutionary timepiece that pushes the boundaries of fine watchmaking with utmost performance and spectacular artisanal beauty.
The precisely beating heart of the Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M68.40 is a 1-minute tourbillon. Revolving around its axis once a minute, the tourbillon is driven by a cylindrical hairspring. Each of the spring’s individual turns is wound on top of the other and is of equal diameter, thus not increasing in width like conventional balance springs wound side by side. This eliminates the slight eccentricity of the center of gravity – crucial to regularity of the watch’s rate. The cylindrical spring is manufactured and regulated entirely in house in the Montblanc Manufacture – a rare expertise only few manufactures possess.
The horological creativity evidenced by the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères and its cylindrical balance spring also characterizes the three-dimensional dial of this timepiece. Under the cylindrical tourbillon with a double-infinity bridge shaped like two overlapping horizontal eights, the central hour and minute hands display the local time – above the spectacular scenery of the double worldtime indication.
Connecting the Northern and Southern hemispheres – as Vasco da Gama did with his journey to India – worldtime is displayed on two three-dimensional globes with hand-painted “peinture miniature” and day/night indications. Two discs with 24 time zones simultaneously revolve around the two fixed globes. They are covered by two sapphire crystal spheres, which show – synchronized with the two worldtime discs – the course of day and night around the world. All three – local time, hometime and worldtime – are set together via the crown. Without losing the minutes the local time can be adjusted with a pusher at 8 o’clock.
Representing the world’s time zones, 24 cities are engraved around the sapphire crystal back of the 47 mm case made of 18 K red gold. With all components hand-crafted by Montblanc’s master watchmakers, this timepiece combines the full intricacy, sophistication and elegance of finest Swiss watchmaking with the legendary journey of Vasco da Gama.
Montblanc Collection Villeret Metamorphosis II
A genuine metamorphosis is more than simply a change of appearance. It also implies an inner transformation. With a construction true to its name, the Montblanc Metamorphosis II bears two faces: a classic regulator with a date and an elegant monopusher chronograph with horizontal clutch and column wheel – driven by the same Montblanc Manufacture Calibre MB M67.40.
Its classic time face displays Roman hours at 12 o’clock, seconds and retrograde minutes in the center and the date by hand at 6 o’clock. A sliding bolt situated between 10 and 8 o’clock sets in motion the patented transformation mechanism. In five transitional seconds the date and Roman hours descend back and the dials of the second face rise upward: the chronograph with central seconds and a minutes counter at 6 o’clock as well as the hours circle with Arabic numerals at 12 o’clock. The functions of both faces – the chronograph and the date – run in parallel regardless of which face is shown.
Following the codes of fine Swiss watchmaking, the exterior mirrors the internal beauty of the highly complicated movement. Villeret’s watchmakers showcase their mastery of the craft in eight different artisanal finishes embellishing the timepiece: “Grain d’Orge”, “Clous de Paris”, spiral guilloché patterns or circular satin finishes – depending on the chosen face – and a minute track with raised edge in 18 K red gold. The just as skillfully crafted Calibre with its 746 components can be admired through the sapphire crystal back of the 18 K red gold case.The edition is strictly limited to 18 pieces – each one hand-crafted at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret.