It’s Hong Kong, but at the Montblanc stand, you could be forgiven for thinking otherwise. With the distinct intent of evoking in visitors a sense of experiencing the Maison’s universe, a great deal of thought has gone into the set in order that the atmosphere of the horological ateliers of the Montblanc manufactures in Villeret be transferred to the Hong Kong exhibition. For a start, master watchmakers demonstrate their skills at a wooden workbench whilst sharing their passion for fine watchmaking with the visitors, who are invited to take their seats in order to experience the complexity of Montblanc’s in-house balance wheel production and to carry out some of the meticulous working processes. For added visual impact, the Montblanc stand also connects Switzerland to Asia with spectacular giant screens resembling the ateliers’ windows offering a panoramic view of the Jura mountains and the village of Villeret where the manufacture first started – and the exact same view that these watchmakers enjoy from their workplace.
With the new Bohème Collection, which just recently enjoyed its global launch in Shanghai, Montblanc demonstrates its knack for showcasing distinctive style and elegant design while still retaining respect for the watchmaking tradition. As its name suggests, the Bohème Collection is inspired by the contemporary Bohemian spirit and exemplified through refined attention to detail while emanating an avant-garde unconventionality. While it is rare for the grand complications of watchmaking to be interpreted in such a feminine way, the Montblanc Boheme collection further embraces its unique character – one that is a blend of femininity and authority, sophistication and boldness – with its self-winding caliber and date or perpetual calendar.
Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery
While this model epitomizes the contemporary Bohème spirit that is marked by a combination of sophistication and audaciousness, its movement, the Perpetual Calendar, elevates it to a whole new realm. For a start, the indications of the Montblanc Bohème Perpetual Calendar Jewellery timepiece are harmonious to the eye, pleasingly spread out across the classy silver guilloché 60-facets dial, with the month and leap year cycle at 12 o’clock, date at 3 o’clock, moon phases at 6 o’clock and day of the week at 9 o’clock. In addition to ensuring it can be read with ease, this complex movement also means it will require no manual adjustment until the year 2100. And in order to house the self-winding caliber MB 29.15, which can be admired through its sapphire crystal glass, the dimensions of the red gold case have been designed to 36 mm.
Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic
Wanting to inspire women to appreciate the beauty of fine watchmaking, the Montblanc master watchmakers set out designing a classically shaped case, to which each detail and curve adds a touch of refinement. What they accomplished was a dial that displays the sophisticated codes of fine watchmaking albeit in a distinctive feminine style: think, in this case, a 90-facet sunburst guilloché in the centre surrounded by elegant floral Arabic numerals with “filet sauté” minute scale, the blue or red gold-plated leaf-shaped hour- and minute-hand, and the central second hand extended with the Montblanc emblem. To add a date window at 6 o’clock the watchmakers developed an elliptical opening which is perfectly integrated into the dial’s curvature. The case is made of red gold, stainless steel or a combination of both, and, to ensure it sits perfectly on delicate wrists, has a modest diameter of 30mm.
Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic Jewellery
The Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic jewellery timepiece exudes a feminine elegance, and immediately captures your attention with the alluring sparkle of 178 Top Wesselton diamonds that inevitably draw your eye to its white mother-of-pearl dial. The minute scale with its “filet sauté” design manages to enhance the beauty of the diamond set bezel, while the black floral Arabic numerals, red gold-plated leaf-shaped hour- and minute-hands further reinforce the spirit of sophistication and equilibrium. The Montblanc Bohème Date Automatic Jewellery, in a 30mm case in red gold, is surrounded by an exquisite bezel set with additional 62 Top Wesselton diamonds.
The inspiration for the new Montblanc watch line is the famous fountain pen born in 1924. Thanks to its elegant and functional design, an innovative ink supply system and a hand-decorated gold nib, Montblanc’s Meisterstück has etched its place in history books as one of the most distinct designs of our time. And likewise, each of these original watches proudly bears the stamp of traditional craftsmanship, timeless design and perfect functionality. All the models of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection measure time through long, faceted hour- and minute-hands in the dauphine shape, clearly distinguishable against faces embellished by a delicate sunburst finish. Remaining true to the spirit of the Montblanc Meisterstück in which every detail is an essential element, the watches of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection have polished, faceted applied indices in three different lengths, which are riveted to the dial by minute feet.
Montblanc has chosen to add three new faces to its Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection: To start with, a classic version of this timepiece is now available with a silver-white dial. It also comes in a very contemporary version with a chocolate brown dial and sunburst pattern, which are complemented by the deep sparkle of the red gold and the dark brown of the alligator strap. Finally, and for the first time, the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection is crowned by a model in 18 karat red gold and studded with 88 Top Wesselton diamonds. The three versions of the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic are animated by a self-winding mechanical movement Calibre MB 24.17, and, given that they have a 39 millimeter-diameter and a height of just 9 millimeters, these models can be easily worn by a man or a woman.
Montblanc Metamorphosis II
Montblanc’s unveiling of the new Metamorphosis II turns the spotlight on one of the most complex movements ever developed and designed in the Maison’s manufacture workshops in Villeret, revealing the timepiece in a completely new aesthetic. The most striking feature of this new Montblanc timepiece is its “metamorphosis” concept which is driven by a complex mechanical movement with 746 components that reportedly took over four years to develop. It was at SIHH 2010 when Montblanc first introduced connoisseurs to the astounding concept of overlaid dials, which open majestically and dramatically like a theatre curtain. The aim of this unique complication is to offer a spectacular change of design and function of the timepiece from classic time to chronograph and back using the same movement. It was indeed a bold, creative and innovative way to combine the characteristics of traditional fine watchmaking with revolutionary principles of innovation.
Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition
Nicolas Rieussec, watchmaker to the French royal court, invented this timepiece in 1821 to precisely measure the running times of individual horses at a horserace. What made the timepiece’s unmistakable was its unique combination of an off-centre hour-circle in the upper part of the dial, and the chronograph’s elapsed-time displays in the lower portion of the face. In 1822, the Académie des Sciences in Paris granted a patent on this device to Nicolas Rieussec, who went down in horological history as the inventor of the world’s first patented chronograph.
And this year, Montblanc pays tribute to this great clockmaker with a refreshing interpretation of his creation with the Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec Special Edition” chronograph. Faithfully replicating every detail of the color scheme including the pale, enamel-like surfaces of the hour-circle and the styling of the hands as they appeared on the original version, it, however, counts on innovative technologies to ensure the historical device stays relevant in our modern day and age, supplying contemporary accoutrements such as indicating the time in two different time zones and offering a day/night indicator at “9 o’clock”. As a further nod to the trends of today, the timepiece will be manufactured in limited editions in 18 karat rose gold and steel.