As a part of the celebration of the 110th anniversary of the brand, Montblanc has made a special limited edition watch with the depictions of continents on its dial. The piece is dubbed Montblanc Exotourbillon Slim 110 Years Limited Edition and it is supplied with an automatic movement with a tourbillion escapement. It comes in three limited editions where the face is dominated with the hand-painted map that shows North America, Asia or Europe. The watch in mid-sized white gold housing retails around $48,000.
Montblanc has nowadays established itself as a respectable watchmaker, especially after the parent Richemeont group added Minerva Villeret in its production facilities. However, the German brand initially rose to prominence as a manufacturer of fountain pens and other writing instruments. The brand with the white star logo has a long tradition that dates all the way back to 1906. Since this year marks the 100th anniversary of the brand’s foundation, Montblanc naturally opted to mark the occasion with the launch of a celebratory edition of watches which were initially previewed at the SIHH 2016 at the start of the year. The special collection is named 4810, after the height of the Mont Blanc, the Europe’s highest mountain which gave the name to the brand.
Among the pieces from the 4810 series there is Exotourbillon Slim 110 Years Limited Edition which takes the limelight here. Visually, the timekeeper is dominated with the hand-painted (peinture miniature) depictions of the maps of continents which occupy the upper part of the dial. Since each map is manually painted there are no copies that are completely the same, which means that each of the watches is actually a unique piece. As for the bottom part of the dial, there lays an exposed exotourbillion cage, fixed with a steel bridge. The dial with the map which shows one of three selected continents is completed with a single rhodium-plated Arabic numeral on the top, as well as with skeletonized hands in the regate shape with the same plating as the numeral.
Micro-Rotor and Stop-Seconds Mechanism
Montblanc Exotourbillon Slim 110 Years Limited Edition runs on Caliber MB 29.24. It is a self-winding mechanical movement which is for the first time filled with a micro-rotor to the maximal power storage of 50 hours. The proprietary caliber is equipped with a stop-seconds mechanism that allows more precise time-setting. Caliber MB 29.24 integrates 29 jewels and 202 parts altogether in its construction. It features patented Exotourbillon feature with the period of revolution of 60 seconds. Additionally, there is a flat hoop balance with 18 screws and a flat hairspring. The regulating organ has the operating frequency of 21,600 vph. When it comes to the decorations, it should be said that the mian-plate is rhodium-plated and with stretched stripes, while the bridges are beautified with rhodium-plating and the Cotes de Geneva en Eventail (the radiating Geneva striping) pattern.
The automatic tourbillion movement is set inside a round housing made of 18 K white gold. The case is 42 mm wide and just 10.14 mm thick, thanks to the reduced profile of the movement which was achieved with the addition of a micro-rotor (the caliber is just 4.5 mm thick). The housing features polished finish on its front and back side which is paired with a satin finish on the case-band. Surrounded by the fixed bezel there is a domed sapphire crystal with antireflective coating. Sapphire is once again used for the transparent section on the case-back. There is likewise a white gold crown embellished with the brand’s white star logo in mother-of-pearl. Supported water resistance is 50 meters. Montblanc Exotourbillon Slim 110 Years Limited Edition is coupled with a black alligator leather strap that locks with a pin buckle in white gold.
There are three version of the celebratory watch. The variants with Europe and North America are made in 36 copies, while the version that shows the map of Asia is slightly more numerous with 38 watches in total. Regardless of the version, the retail price of the piece is 43,500 Euros (around $47,825).