At the Watches & Wonders 2015 in Hong Kong, Montblanc will launch three new heritage precision chronograph watches. These watches are equipped with exquisite and elegant cases, equipped with innovative movements, combining all the basic characteristics of Swiss fine watchmaking, Montblanc’s exquisite craftsmanship and long tradition.
Montblanc Heritage Chronometer Precision Tourbillon Minute Chronograph Express Gamma Diamond Limited Edition 25
Trace the origins of the adventure
Vasco da Gama on July 8, 1497 led a small galleon fleet of four ships (including his ‘San Gabriel’ ship-a captain A 27-meter sailboat with 60 crew members) set sail from the port of Leicester, Lisbon, towards the coast of India. The purpose of this great expedition is to open the southern tip of India, and you can import and trade precious gems and precious spices without going through Arab, Persian, Turkish or Venetian brokers. If the adventure is successful, he will be the first navigator to open a road directly to the sea south of India.
Since in the era of Vasco da Gama, when all coastlines disappeared into the vast sea, there were no clocks or timers to calculate longitude, he relied on constellations and used basic navigational instruments to estimate his position. According to historical records, a constellation is particularly useful in helping him find his destination: Southern Cross, although a small constellation, is very distinctive and easy to identify. The four bright stars α, β, γ, and δ form a sacred cross shape, crossing the Milky Way. This reference point enabled the keen explorer to establish a voyage based on the geographic Antarctic.
The success of Vasco da Gama’s expedition is mainly due to the captain’s courage, the desire for action, the courage to face risks, and most importantly, the control of accuracy.
With precise observations and skillful calculations, on November 4, 1497, Vasco da Gama led the fleet to St. Helena Bay on the southwest coast of Africa. Then, bypassing the Cape of Good Hope, arrived in India on May 20, 1498, left the country on October 8, the same year, and successfully returned to Lisbon on September 9, 1499. Thanks to the new routes pioneered by the brave crew, Portugal was able to maintain its supremacy as a maritime and trading nation throughout the western world.
Inspired by Vasco da Gamma’s pioneering spirit and nautical technology, Montblanc has created a new watch collection that perfectly combines the Portuguese explorer’s obsession with precision and the essence of fine watchmaking. Precision has always been an important goal of the watchmaking industry, and today it has become synonymous with ‘precise timing’ (from the French word ‘chronométrie’). One of the new ‘Montblanc Heritage Precision Chronographs’ originates from this tradition of fine watchmaking. The special edition watches in this collection are named after Vasco da Gama and are designed to pay tribute to this world-renowned explorer. The unique cross sign in the southern hemisphere sky also plays an important role.
Montblanc Heritage Chronograph Two-Date Timepiece Gamma Limited Edition 238 pieces
The core of the collection’s value – Minerva Tradition
Inspired by the pioneering spirit of this outstanding explorer, Montblanc created a unique heritage precision chronograph watch named after Vasco da Gama. Montblanc’s pursuit of this technical spirit and precision is reflected in the chronograph movement that has been continuously developed over the past 157 years.
For example, among the brand’s many iconic timekeeping devices, important products include the famous caliber 13/20 designed for wristwatches in the early 1920s and the stopwatch with a precision of one hundredth of a second introduced in 1936. The focus on precise time measurement and various vibration frequency related technologies has helped Minerva stand out as a pioneer manufacturer of self-made balance wheels and hairsprings. Montblanc Villeret has maintained this tradition and continues to this day. This tradition also inspired Montblanc to develop a movement that inherited the precision chronograph series.
Montblanc’s values and the history of the Minerva Watch Factory are also reflected in the reinterpretation of one of the watch’s most representative models in the 1950s: the ‘Pythagore’ watch. This model is equipped with a 10½-minute manual-winding movement Calibre 48 (developed in 1948 with a small seconds display) and Calibre 49 movement with a chronograph seconds hand. Its design highlights the characteristics of classic Swiss fine watchmaking, and today it has become the inspiration and cornerstone of the heritage of precision chronograph design.
The exquisiteness of the case is reflected in every detail: the satin-polished alternating surface highlights its delicate and delicate texture. To further accentuate this harmonious charm, they are equipped with a stepped bezel and round lugs with unique facets. Crown embossed Montblanc hexagonal white star logo. The dial is decorated with a sun or grain pattern and pays homage to the tradition of precision chronographs with clear minute scales, double faceted applique scales and timeless Arabic numerals. Faceted sword-shaped hands make the entire face more harmonious, ensuring that functions that adhere to the spirit of Swiss ‘timekeeping’ are clear and easy to read.
Montblanc has always adhered to the watchmaking concept of ‘share the passion of high-end watchmaking’. The aesthetic design pursued by the inherited precision chronograph series perfectly embodies this motto. The understated and discreet style, the perfect details are reflected in the superb complexity and elegant, practical three-hand watch. With this new collection, Montblanc once again presents the passion and beauty of traditional watchmaking to watch connoisseurs.
Inspired by the desire for continued development, Montblanc has launched a new heritage chronograph watch with an innovative and practically complex function movement designed for everyday use. In addition to the super practical calendar models, Montblanc is constantly developing traditional mechanical movements that incorporate a variety of innovative features. These include two timepiece models with a second time zone display, a complication developed by Montblanc itself. This reflects Montblanc’s superb skills in movement design. Today, this superb technique is once again reflected in the original, reinterpreted version of the external tourbillon model, which debuted in 2010 and belongs to the Villeret series. The Heritage Chrono Chronograph is equipped with a crocodile leather strap made by Montblanc’s own leather goods factory in Florence, Italy.
Montblanc Heritage Chronograph Annual Calendar Dagham Diamond Limited Edition 90 pieces
Quality tested and tested
Before leaving the factory, the Heritage Chrono Watches undergo a meticulous preliminary inspection before being subjected to a rigorous 500-hour quality test by the Montblanc laboratory.
These tests are designed to detect any imperfections in the watch during the assembly and fine-tuning process, ensuring that Montblanc customers always enjoy watches of exceptional quality and with the ultimate test certification.
For more than 100 years, Montblanc has been adhering to a tradition of eternal value and superb craftsmanship. The company’s perfect pursuit of design, style, quality and craftsmanship has created a series inherited from generation to generation. The iconic Montblanc Hexagonal White Star is a symbol of excellence-luxury writing instruments, watches, leather goods, accessories, perfumes and sunglasses are the pinnacle of excellence, and Montblanc has been actively committed to a lasting commitment to excellence through cultural promotion. . The Montblanc brand is rooted in writing culture and has always taken cultural commitment as its responsibility. Through various international activities, the company reflects its creative contribution to modern cultural life: Montblanc continues to write cultural legends.