Month: February 2012

Montblanc Launches Heritage Precision Series

Montblanc’s heritage precision collection combines the outstanding features of fine watchmaking, superb Swiss craftsmanship and the long tradition of the brand, all contained in a sophisticated and elegant pure case and innovative movement.

Montblanc Heritage Precision Calendar Da Gama Special Edition
Explorers-Inspiration and Tribute
   On July 8, 1497, a small fleet of four ships led by Vasco da Gama set sail from the port of Leicester, Lisbon. His ship, Sao Gabriel, carried a total of 60 crew members: 120 tons in weight, 27 meters in length, 8.5 meters in width, 2.3 meters in draught, and a total area of ​​372 square meters after the sail surface was raised. Vasco da Gama’s destination is the coast of India. If the adventure is successful, he will be the first navigator to open a direct route to the South China Sea in India. Now we know he did it. This allowed him to bypass Arab, Persian, Turkish and Venetian brokers and return goods such as peppers and precious gems to Europe. Through this voyage and subsequent expeditions, Portugal has consolidated its outstanding position in maritime trade. Although Vasco da Gama’s boat has Portugal’s top helmsman and excellent navigator, they can only rely on the most primitive tools to sail in the vast and unknown seas of the South Atlantic. At that time, the sextant, an important marine instrument, was not yet available (it only appeared in the early seventeenth century), and accurate maps of unknown areas of the ocean did not exist. Vasco da Gamma can only rely on relatively primitive navigational instruments (such as the starburst or ‘star clock’ of the sextant’s predecessor) and its crew. The stars above the mast became his only reliable map of navigation on the high seas. With the help of Xing Yuan and Xing Chen, Vasco da Gama was able to lead the fleet continuously. According to historical records, a constellation is particularly useful in helping him find his destination: Southern Cross, although the smallest 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. If you continue to draw from the long axis of the Southern Cross, until the point about 4½ times this long axis is the south celestial pole. Then, suppose from this point to extend along the vertical line to the horizon, the intersection of the two lines is exactly south of the earth. The success of Vasco da Gamma’s expedition is ultimately attributed to the captain’s courage, desire for action, courage to face risks, and above all control of accuracy.
   On November 4, 1497, the fleet arrived at St. Helena Bay on the southwest coast of Africa. A few days later, three Portuguese ships sailed a large arc around Cape of Good Hope and arrived in Mossel Bay on November 25. On May 20, 1498, Vasco da Gama finally arrived in India near Caricut on the Malabar coast. This is the first time a European ship has reached India via a route around the southern tip of Africa.
   On October 8, 1498, Vasco da Gama’s fleet was full of precious spices and began to return to Portugal. On July 10, 1499, his first ship returned to his homeland. On September 9, Vasco da Gama returned to Lisbon and the king hosted a celebratory banquet to welcome him in triumph.

Montblanc Heritage Precision Calendar Da Gama Special Edition

Legend-Precision has always been an important goal of watchmaking
   Inspired by Sco da Gama’s avant-garde spirit and nautical technology, Montblanc created a new watch collection that combines Portuguese explorer’s obsession with precision and fine watchmaking. Precision has always been an important goal of the watchmaking industry, and today it has become synonymous with the French word ‘chronométrie’ (ie precise timekeeping). One of the new ‘Montblanc Heritage Precision Series’ is derived from this fine watchmaking tradition. The special edition watches in this collection use the name of Vasco da Gama to pay tribute to this famous explorer. The unique cross sign in the southern hemisphere sky also plays an important role.
Value-Minerva’s Tradition
    Since 1858, the prestigious tradition of fine watchmaking practiced by the well-known Minerva Watch Factory has continued to this day, and has been carried forward by Montblanc under the same roof.
   In the course of 157 years of development, Villeret Menela has been leading the most important tradition of the Swiss watchmaking industry: chronograph functions, especially chronographs and stopwatches. Villeret’s key R & D products include Calibre 13/20, the first chronograph movement developed specifically for wristwatch use in the early 1920s, and a 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 made Menela stand out as a leading expert in balance and hairsprings. Montblanc Villeret has maintained this tradition and continues to this day. This tradition has also inspired Montblanc to develop a movement that inherits the precision series.
   In the 1950s, the deep history of Minerva gave birth to another outstanding model: ‘Pythagore’. This model is equipped with a 10½-minute manual-winding movement Calibre 48 (developed in 1948, with a small seconds display) or a 10½-minute manual-winding movement Calibre 49 (with a jump seconds chronograph second hand). Its design underscores the classic Swiss fine watchmaking qualities, and today it is the inspiration and cornerstone of heritage precision design. The exquisiteness of the case is reflected in every detail: polished satin finish, ultra-thin thickness, slim appearance, flat stepped bezel, and rounded lugs with unique facets. The crown is engraved with the striking Montblanc hexagonal white star logo. The dial is adorned with a sun or ‘grain’ pattern and pays tribute to the tradition of precision chronographs with clear minute scales with double faceted appliqued hour markers and timeless Arabic numerals. The faceted sword-shaped pointer makes the entire face more harmonious, ensuring that the functions that adhere to the spirit of Swiss ‘time measurement’ 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 precision series perfectly reflects 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.

Montblanc Heritage Precision Calendar Da Gama Special Edition

Complex installations – practical and innovative
   In the same spirit, Montblanc’s approach to developing new movements is equally challenging. The Heritage Precision Series is equipped with three innovative, practical and complicate functions designed for everyday use, and further revolutionizes the complication of patented clocks first introduced in 2010.
   Therefore, this series includes watches showing the second time zone (two places), with self-made complication that highlights Montblanc’s own research and development capabilities, as well as full calendar devices and annual calendar devices with classic window displays. The reinterpretation of the patented ‘External Tourbillon’, originally carried in the Villeret series launched in 2010, also highlights Montblanc’s innovative spirit.
Legacy Precision Series-Superb traditional craftsmanship at every level
   Some of the legendary watches traditionally produced by Minerva Watch Factory have become an important source of inspiration. Montblanc’s master craftsmanship is the second source of inspiration. The many outstanding features of fine watchmaking combined with superb Swiss craftsmanship create the continuous evolution of these watches. The Heritage Precision Collection is also equipped with a high-quality alligator strap made by Montblanc’s own leather goods factory in Florence, Italy. Montblanc is one of the few Swiss watchmakers that can assemble a leather strap for a watch.
Tested quality-500 hours
   Before leaving the Montblanc Reno factory in the Jura region of Switzerland, every watch of the heritage series must undergo a rigorous 500-hour quality test in the Montblanc laboratory. These tests are designed to detect any imperfections that may occur during the assembly and fine-tuning of the watch, ensuring that Montblanc customers always enjoy watches of exceptional quality and extensive practical test certification. Each watch that passes these rigorous tests will be accompanied by a separate certification.

Montblanc Heritage Precision Calendar Da Gama Special Edition

Montblanc Heritage Precision Calendar Da Gama Special Edition
   The most popular layout of this complication watch is undoubtedly the date displayed in a window, the month displayed in a window, and the current date displayed by a center-axis pointer that rotates around a date dial coaxial with the minute scale. ‘Full calendar’ (or ‘Quantième Complet’ in French) refers to various calendar data, but occasionally requires manual adjustment by the wearer. Unlike the perpetual or annual calendar, the watch’s calendar mechanism does not ‘know’ different lengths of the month automatically. It allocates 31 days for twelve months. Therefore, any month with less than 31 days needs to be manually reset at midnight on the last day of the month. Montblanc has developed a small setting dial to assist with this adjustment. If the setting pin is not at hand, the built-in button on the edge of the case is designed to be large enough, so you can also use the ball of an ordinary ballpoint pen to press it. The silver-white dial is decorated with a sun-patterned pattern; the dial is set with rhodium-plated faceted scales and the numbers 3, 9, and 12. Two faceted sword-shaped rhodium-plated hands indicate hours and minutes. A small red crescent shape accentuates the date pointer’s tip to enhance the clarity of the date display. Like the annual calendar, on the full calendar, the moon phase display is embedded in the precise starry night sky above the southern hemisphere presented to seafarers in 1497. Southern Cross is easily identifiable with the help of four bright stars α, β, γ (characterized in a slightly reddish hue to match the name of its celestial body) and δ. To show the change of the moon phase, the beautiful blue paint constellation is equipped with a golden rotating dial window, and the moon phase under the night sky is displayed below.
   The Montblanc hexagonal white star logo embossed on top of the crown is a distinctive feature of the entire collection. The leather strap is made by Montblanc’s own leather goods factory in Florence, Italy. The strap is secured by Montblanc’s new ultra-flat double folding clasp. This watch has a stainless steel case with a diameter of 40 mm and a thickness of 9.7 mm.
Montblanc Heritage Precision Calendar Da Gama Special Edition

Part-No. 112539
Movement: MB 29.16
Movement type: self-winding mechanical movement, full calendar and moon phase display, with a golden rotating disk window below, showing the moon in the night sky
Number of bearing gems: 25
Power reserve: about 42 hours
Balance wheel: flat hoop
Vibration frequency: 28,800 times / hour (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat hairspring
Display: Central hour and minute display, day of the week indicated by a hand rotating around the outer edge of the dial
Date and month window at ’12 o’clock’ and moon phase display at ‘6 o’clock’
Special features: easy to adjust calendar function; each function has its own independent adjuster, using the special dial setting provided with the watch
Case: polished steel case, polished satin bezel
Mirror: Domed sapphire crystal
Bottom: Stainless steel, recessed sapphire crystal glass window, decorated with the ship San Gabriel and its signature by Vasco da Gama
Dimensions: diameter = 40 mm, thickness = 9.7 mm
Waterproof seal performance: 3 bar
Crown: Stainless steel crown, embossed Montblanc hexagonal white star logo
Dial: silver-white sun-patterned dial, faceted scales, rhodium-plated Arabic numerals 3, 9, 12, and rhodium-plated sword-shaped hour and minute hands, date hand with red crescent shape, blue paint at 6 Small dial depicting the starry sky in the Southern Cross and the moon phase display window
Strap: Black alligator strap made by Montblanc Florence Leather Goods Factory, stainless steel triple folding clasp
Acquired 500 hours of quality test certification from Montblanc Laboratories
Price: € 4,350