#FirstClassFriday: Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch and Navigator 110 Years Edition
Cast off the sails
Set your sights on a seaworthy enterprise that bears a rich provenance dating back to the golden age of luxurious trans-Atlantic travel. This maritime marvel is none other than the Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch and Navigator — a combination of a nautical clock and a pocket watch that makes a fine addition to the bridge of any vessel.
In what is surely a destined alignment of legacies, Montblanc's beginnings 110 years ago coincides with the peak of luxurious oceanliner voyages. As the cruise industry discovered and pioneered various technological advances of the time (such as the steam turbine engine), Montblanc similarly flourished. Both fields shared a proud achievement: The creation of marine clocks, sophisticated equipment that enabled better nautical navigation; in turn achieving outstanding speeds on the seas.
Honouring this dignified cross-heritage, the exceptional pocket watch and navigator timepiece echoes the innovative spirit of yore, pushing the boundaries in merging fine watchmaking with capability and exquisite artistry. An intricate system turns accordingly to indicate the time in 24 different time zones — down to the seconds — via a display of two discs and rotating globes. Further ringing around the case is a worldtime clock that reveals the timezone of two dozen cities, visible only from the side. Driven by polished gold-plated gears meticulously crafted from solid brass then filed down to impeccable shape and smoothness, the Montblanc Calibre MB 13.98 movement is shielded against friction and corrosion to keep it running in ship-shape condition.
While the pocket watch tracks time, the navigator dial traces day and night on engraved continents and oceans with an elegant red gold-plated compass rose that sits upon a textured, silvery white Grand Feu enamelled face. This incomparable combination of appealing visuals and functionality come together on a weighty granite base that adds an impressive heft for stability to withstand the rocky motions of an ocean craft. Balance and precision remains steadfast with a cardanic suspension system to keep the clock perfectly horizontal even through the tides. Weathering any storm and the passing of decades, the Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch and Navigator 110 Years Edition is a true sailor worth its salt.
The Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch and Navigator 110 Years Edition is strictly limited to one piece.
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