February 8, 2015
Introducing the Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres Geosphères Vasco Da Gama. Yea, it’s a mouthful, but this piece from the Montblanc Villeret collection — it’s most prestigious — is an incredible watch. Montblanc has just killed it here in form and function. It is a timepiece that unites for the first time ever a cylindrical tourbillon and unique, functional worldtime indication. Only 18 pieces of the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama will be made, at a price of MSRP is 250,000 Euros each.
Comes in a 47mm x 15.38mm red gold case, the beating heart of the Montblanc manufacture Caliber MB M68.40 is a 1-minute tourbillon, driven by a cylindrical hairspring. Visible through the dial, its double-infinity bridge shaped like two overlapping horizontal eights is a Montblanc Villeret signature as well. The cylindrical spring is manufactured and regulated entirely in house by Montblanc — a rare expertise only few manufactures possess. Notice also the wave guilloche pattern beneath the toubillon mounting.
The cylindrical aspect of the balance spring is also carried through to the the three-dimensional dial of this timepiece, specifically the double worldtime indication. Two hand painted miniature globes in three-dimensional form — one for Northern Hemisphere, one for Southern Hemisphere — spectacular. Two discs with 24 time zones simultaneously revolve around the two fixed globes. They are covered by two sapphire crystal spheres, which show synchronized with the two worldtime discs the course of day and night around the world. All three local time, hometime and worldtime are set together via the crown. Without losing the minutes the local time can be adjusted with a pusher at 8 o’clock. Yes, spectacular.
On the caseback, 24 cities are engraved around the sapphire crystal back. The Villeret Minerva labeled caliber is a delight to look at, with beautiful symmetry and pristinely finished. The bridges flow in a spiral/circular direction, reinforced with circular Geneva stripes.