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Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

Le 7 October 2013

Montblanc confirms its mastery of very fine watchmaking through the former “Manufacture Minerva” with a limited edition piece to 18 copies and second “Grande Complication” of its Villeret collection 1858. After the ExoTourbillon chronograph presented a few years ago, here is the Montblanc ExoTourbillon Rattrapante.

This is a new masterpiece that the brand presented last week at Watches and Wonders Hong Kong fair with a quite impressive combination of horological complications: a large balance wheel positioned outside the tourbillon cage, flyback chronograph and a three-dimensional gold and Grand Feu enamel regulator dial.

We currently have little information about this new model, but we only need to look at the back of the watch to appreciate the high quality of the work done here. Bridges, column wheel, levers… the movement is both extremely complex and beautifully elegant.

The caliber 16.61, is a hand-wound movement that measures 38.4 mm in diameter and 11.9 mm in height. It comprises 411 individual parts and all these parts together deliver 55 hours of power reserve to drive the off-center hour and minute hand, the split-second chronograph, the small seconds hand, a second time zone with 24-hour display and a four-minute tourbillon.

This very complex movement meets the high standards of the Montblanc Collection Villeret. A few examples: all edges are hand-chamfered, bridges are adorned with côtes de Genève one the visible side and circular-grained on the other side, and all edges are again hand-chamfered.

All this comes in an 18-carat white gold case that measures 47 mm in diameter and 17.5 mm in height and will only be available for 18 lucky ones for the modest sum of € 250,000.

It is (very) expensive. But it is (very) nice!