Montblanc Tourbillon Geosphères Night Sky Limited Edition - A sneak peek at the second Vasco da Gama via 8 photos and less than 300 words
I did not have the pleasure of going to Hong Kong to attend the third edition of Watches & Wonders, but here in Milan I've been lucky enough to get my hands on one of the most exclusive watches unveiled at the fair. It is the Montblanc Tourbillon Geosphères Night Sky Limited Edition, the second version, limited to just 18 pieces, of the Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama Limited Edition, one of my favorite watches, which I personally reviewed here some time ago. At the same time I got the chance to take a sneak peek at some of the new models Montblanc will be launching at the next SIHH, and I can assure you that you will be surprised both by the new timpieces, as well as by what is their so-called "Value Proposition".
From a technical standpoint, it features the same characteristics of a Vasco da Gama (although this one is no longer called Vasco da Gama): its tourbillon, equipped with a cylindrical spring, is coupled with an original representation of the Northern and Southern hemispheres, that displays the passage of days and nights, while rotating clockwise and counter-clockwise respectively, and indicating the 24 time zones on planet earth. Its 47mm wide case is made of white gold and its dial features, the expert's eye will notice, a very special dial, as Montblanc has equipped its upper part (the small one around the tourbillon's bridge) with a piece of aventurine quartz. This watch is not for everyone (priced at 280.000€ approximately); it is entirely hand-made (it requires two weeks of work from an expert watchmaker) and extremely appealing, both technically and aesthetically, as it has a rare blend of quite unique colors, such as those used for painting the two hemispheres.
(Photo credit: Horbiter's proprietary photo-shooting)
Gaetano C. @Horbiter