During the recent Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) 2016, Montblanc celebrated its 110th anniversary with a VIP cocktail party and dinner at the Hotel des Eaux-Vives in Geneva. This elegant space overlooking Lac Leman and the Swiss Jura was transformed for one night only into a sumptuous universe of ocean liners, reminiscent of the Atlantic crossings that inspired Montblanc’s founders and the theme of the new collection of Montblanc 4810 timepieces.
To further enliven the master celebration, brand ambassadors Hugh Jackman, Charlotte Casiraghi and Guey Lun Mei, along with Montblanc’s CEO Jérôme Lambert, were joined by friends and enthusiasts of the brand.
Against this backdrop, Montblanc introduced new timepieces from the 4810 Collection inspired by the golden age of travel, but designed to meet the modern traveller’s desire for high-performance timekeeping through watchmaking excellence.
A live artisan watchmaking performance gave guests an opportunity to discover the Maison’s passion for tradition as well as its quest to create innovative and meaningful products. Among the pieces presented, the Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition is Montblanc’s first pocket-watch and features a world timer function, perfect for travel across the Atlantic.
The Montblanc 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim also showcases a new in-house movement combining the Maison’s patented ExoTourbillon complication with the addition of a quick stop-second function, while the Montblanc 4810 TwinFly Chronograph 110 Years Edition, with its flyback chronograph and dual time function, makes a fine functional companion for the modern traveller.
But the central masterpiece on display was definitely the Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition, a masterpiece of fine craftsmanship from the Villeret collection limited to eight pieces.
This work of art and precision features some of horology’s most innovative complications, including a tourbillon with cylindrical hairspring, a triple time zone indication, and a world time function with both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. Truly a must-have for any connoisseur.
Text by Maina A. Harjani & Photo by Montblanc