Montblanc Montblanc’s history of making tourbillon watches is actually not too long, but their family is very brave to go their own way. For example, in 2010, the brand launched its second tourbillon watch Villeret 1858. ExoTourbillon is full of features and freshness. The so-called ExoTourbillon external tourbillon tells the truth that the balance wheel is independently pulled out of the tourbillon frame and placed on a higher platform to swing and operate. The flywheel frame no longer needs to ‘eat’ the volume of the balance wheel, and of course the size will be reduced accordingly. This also means that the overall weight of the escapement system will fall. As for why it is necessary to rebelliously make these tourbillon transformation projects The purpose behind it is not so complicated. Montblanc wants to save as much as possible the kinetic energy needed to push the tourbillon (the measured effect of the external tourbillon can reduce the movement of the movement by about 30%), plus Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon also There are two time and timing functions on the shoulders at the same time. When the power source cannot be greatly expanded, throttling becomes more important, and the ultimate goal of improving the performance of the movement It is to one thousand and one reasons for that: to enhance the accuracy of travel time watch.
Montblanc ExoTourbillon developed a new turn in 2015. This time, Montblanc launched a series of new works Heritage Chronométrie with the theme of Exploration, with Portugal’s nautical explorer Vasco da Gama as the design and vision center. The explorer’s sailing story runs through the entire watch collection.
The moral behind the Dagama story
Montblanc’s choice of Vasco da Gama as a design proposition is not accidental, because he was the first man (captain) to open a route from southern Europe to India via the southern tip of Africa. In the current era of the global village, there may be nothing remarkable, but at the time But in the ‘backward’ era of the 16th century, Alexander Schmiedt, manager of Montblanc’s watch department, mentioned the idea of creating this new series in a previous interview: ‘In the era of underdeveloped technology at the time, Vasco da Gama relied on simple navigational tools and observation of the heavens. Knowing the current sailing direction of the vessel, Starboard completed the route from Portugal to India bypassing Africa. All that was needed was ‘absolute accuracy’, which coincided with Montblanc’s watchmaking philosophy. In addition, Vasco da Gama also Building a bridge for culture, using Muslim sailors to sail to India, and also opening up trade exchanges between Portugal and India, so his story is quite in line with Montblanc’s watchmaking philosophy. ‘In short, it is to use a legendary story to make the brand Watch culture sets a link, so that a little more storytelling can promote and Play.
Face plate design enhances decorative details
ExoTourbillon is applied in a completely different world between the Villeret 1858 series and the Heritage Chronométrie series. In addition, Montblanc has incorporated the creative muse of Vasco da Gama on this watch, giving the external tourbillon a new life. The brand uses dark blue paint and aventurine decoration on the face plate, as if the beautiful starry sky seen by Vasco da Gama sailing on the sea, so that the face plate emits a shining light. In addition, at the 12 o’clock position of the face plate is also set a Montblanc six-pointed star-shaped diamond, which is as dazzling as the North Star in the direction of the night sky. In addition, the date display scale on the inner circle of the eccentric disk is still embossed with Flinqué-style blue lacquer. The concept of this decoration is derived from the star clock on the famous ship São Gabriel that Da Gama took.
The front and back sides are full of elements related to Da Gamma.The external tourbillon is moved to 6 o’clock, and the surrounding silver drawing machine board and the arrow-shaped bridge board of the tourbillon are polished. A gorgeous and simple contrast effect. In addition, there are 60-second and 30-minute chronographs at the top left and top right of the tourbillon, which is simpler than the functionality of Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon. The transparent caseback on the back of the watch is printed with the São Gabriel led by Vasco da Gama and his signature, symbolizing the tribute of the watch. In addition, the limited number of 60 watches is also meaningful, which is to echo the legendary sailing team of a total of 60 members.
Both sides are filled with elements related to Da Gamma
As for the external tourbillon, it is moved to the 6 o’clock direction. The surrounding silver drawing machine plate and the arrow-shaped bridge plate of the tourbillon are polished and polished, and it has a gorgeous and simple contrast effect with the aventurine face plate. In addition, there are 60-second and 30-minute chronographs at the top left and top right of the tourbillon, which is simpler than the functionality of Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon. The transparent caseback on the back of the watch is printed with the São Gabriel led by Vasco da Gama and his signature, symbolizing the tribute of the watch. In addition, the limited number of 60 watches is also meaningful, which is to echo the legendary sailing team of a total of 60 members.
Minerva manufactured premium movement
In addition to the tourbillon, the chronograph structure of the MB R230 self-winding movement equipped on the watch can not be ignored. It has a single-press chronograph, a column wheel, a highly efficient and accurate vertical clutch, an automatic winding and a double barrel. In addition to the accuracy and reliability guaranteed, it is also very convenient to adjust. The hour hand can be reset by the hour. The wearer can also adjust the date in units of 24 hours. This is a rare configuration for business travelers.
Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco da Gama
18K white gold material / MB R230 self-winding movement / hour, minute, date display / external tourbillon device / one-touch chronograph function / sapphire crystal, transparent bottom cover / water resistance 30 meters / diameter 44mm / limited 60 only