As Montblanc mark their 110th anniversary, they commemorate the historic occasion with a tribute to their founding pioneers with a series of specially crafted timepieces that exemplify the era that birthed the German maison.
Harkening back to 1906 — when the world was experiencing advancements in trans-Atlantic travel — Montblanc's forefathers August Eberstein, Alfred Nehemias and Claus Voß invented the first fountain pen model that would go on to become the brand's cornerstone. Together, they pursued cutting-edge innovations with a strong dedication to the highest standards, thus naming the company 'Montblanc' after the highest mountain in Europe that peaks at 4,810 metres.
The 4810 timepiece collection (in reference to the height of the mountain) is the maison's vision for excellence and celebrates the pioneering spirit established a century ago by Montblanc's founders. In particular, the watches from the 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years special edition series features stunningly painted dials of either North America, Asia or Europe; each version is individually hand-worked so no two dials are exactly the same.
Ornamenting the lower half of the watch face is the distinctive ExoTourbillon highlighted with the Côtes de Genève motif. Skeletonised rhodium-plated hands cut across the tourbillon cage to amplify the beauty of the hand-painted map, while a modest minute track marked with a distinct red '60' circles along the rim for your viewing ease. Pairing with this striking visual is a micro-rotor powered by the MB29.24 calibre that also drives the watch's handy quick-stop function, made possible by the ExoTourbillon's unique manufacture which utilises a tiny spring to pause the screw balance so that time can be set to the exact second.
Cleverly designed, the quick-stop mechanism halts the balance instead of the tourbillon cage to ensure the timepiece maintains utmost accuracy despite activating the quick-stop function. This is made possible as Montblanc's ExoTourbillon complication disconnects the balance wheel, and with its extremely light-weighted cage, enables improved isochronism and precision.
The entirety of this cutting-edge watch technology is encased in a 42mm white gold case, subtly detailed in a satin finish on the border of its thin bezel. Outfitted with horns that are slightly curved on the underside, and black alligator leather straps, the 4810 Collection marries maximum comfort together with horological mastery.
In addition to the exquisite limited edition continent-trio, the 4810 Collection also extols the new ExoTourbillon Slim timepiece in 42mm rose gold. Sporting a silvery-white dial with a guilloché designed Montblanc star exploding across the upper portion of the watch face, this version of the 4810 impresses with an elegant façade.
Similarly equipped with the patented ExoTourbillon mechanism, this sister timepiece runs on the same flawlessly constructed calibre with exception to its gleaming rose gold Roman numerals and regate-shaped hands filled with SuperLuminova to allow for peak visibility at night.
Irrespective of their visual aesthetics, each piece from the 4810 Collection is Montblanc's symbol and guarantee of superior German haute horlogerie. Embedded with a 50-hour power reserve barrel that warrants smooth running, the watches characterise the unrivalled performance and distinction that proliferated the era where lavish cruise liners competed for the Blue Riband. A prestigious accolade that honours only the best, Montblanc proves that the pioneering essence of their founders — and the golden age of travel — lives on in their contemporary creations.
The 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years limited editions* and the 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim are available at Montblanc boutiques.
*The Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years Edition in North America and Europe are limited to 36 units respectively.
*The Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years Edition Asia is limited to 38 units.