— Limited to 60 pieces, this version of the ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph pays tribute to Vasco da Gama’s pioneering spirit.
Montblanc’s ticking flagship is naturally affiliated with Vasco da Gama’s floating flagship, the São Gabriel. The pane of sapphire crystal in the case back is adorned with a sketch of the historic sailing vessel, as is the signature of the intrepid discoverer and seafarer. The series is limited to 60 watches in reference to the 60-man crew of the São Gabriel.
The dial reveals the two complications of the timepiece. The upper part embellished with a slice of aventurine, dyed dark blue, where numerous small dots emulate the starry night sky in reference to the night sky of the southern hemisphere that guided Vasco da Gama on his voyage. A diamond in the patented cut in the shape of the Montblanc emblem sparkles at 12 o’clock. A wave-shaped guilloché, designed in flinqué style and coated with blue paint, in the centrally positioned hand-type date display refers to the nocturlabium (star clock), which was one of the navigational instruments aboard the São Gabriel. The dial’s lower level is satin-finished and unveils the intricate construction of the ExoTourbillon at 6 o’clock.
The 44-mm case is in white gold. The Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Vasco da Gama Limited Edition is equipped with a black alligator-skin strap crafted at the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with 18 K white gold pin buckle.