Published: Friday, 07 October 2016

The Maison Montblanc, the leader in men’s luxury accessories, hosted a unique yacht racing event Sept 24 in Hong Kong to celebrate the launch of the new Montblanc 4810 Collection timepieces. 

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(Photos: Maison Montblanc)

All guests were able to participate in professional yacht racing across the Victoria Harbour and preview the full 4810 watch collection. The Maison also flew in its Master Watchmaker, Julien Miribel, to introduce the patented Montblanc Exotourbillon movement and demonstrate the watchmaking process to the guests. Miribel also introduced and explained the technology inside the patented Montblanc Exotourbillon movement and other horological complications. In addition, he offered experience sessions to allow guests to appreciate the beauty of Montblanc’s advanced and delicate artisanship much more intimately. 

The event is a tribute to the Blue Riband award, a prestigious prize for the fastest passenger liner crossing the Atlantic Ocean in the early 20th century. The much-coveted award attracted both passengers and freight companies to seek out the fastest and most powerful ships. The Blue Riband became a symbol of distinction and high achievement and its spirit is part of the new Montblanc 4810 Collection, embracing peak performance and horological excellence. 

Montblanc Celebrates 4810 Collection With Exclusive Yacht Racing

Commemorating Montblanc’s 110th anniversary, the new 4810 Collection respects all the codes of Montblanc’s watchmaking, with its strong, elegant and sporty design, offering a new sophisticated interpretation of this much-loved 4810 Collection for the modern traveller who needs a performance timepiece he can rely on.

In 1910, the three founders of the Maison – Engineer August Eberstein, Merchant Alfred Nehemias and Stationery Trader Claus Voß – adopted the name Montblanc for the Maison, after the highest mountain in Europe, and made it a symbol for their vision for excellence. The peak of the Mont Blanc Mountain measures 4,810 metres, a number which has always been an iconic figure for the Maison. Today this number is reborn in the new 4810 Collection and honours the spirit of excellence that was set by the Maison’s founders when they began their journey 110 years ago.

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Each timepiece in the 4810 Collection follows the strong and elegant design codes of the Maison with guilloché dials featuring the prominent exploding Montblanc star motif, red gold Roman numerals and indexes, larger and bolder cases, and beautifully designed sword-shaped and skeleton hands. The attention to detail brings a new level of sophistication to the 4810 Collection, showing how Montblanc continues to “share the passion” for watchmaking with timepieces that offer functions, quality and aesthetics to seduce watch aficionados the world over.

Launching the 110th anniversary celebrations is a new Montblanc ExoTourbillon Slim Collection, which combines the Maison’s patented ExoTourbillon complication with the addition of a quick stop-second function.

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(Montblanc 4810 Collection timepieces)

The ExoTourbillon outperforms standard tourbillon constructions for two reasons. Firstly, the weight of the cage of the ExoTourbillon is disconnected from the balance wheel, and secondly, the weight of the cage is minimal, thus resulting in higher precision and improved isochronism. The balance wheel with 9.7mm in diameter also plays an important part in the performance of the timepiece thanks to its impressive 18 screws – with four gold screws that can be adjusted and 14 screws that are fixed – further improving precision and traditional watchmaking aspect. 

The Calibre MB 29.21 ExoTourbillon automatic movement incorporates a brand new micro-rotor decorated with a Côtes de Genève en Eventail motif and allows an uninterrupted view on the movement through a sapphire crystal case back, in comparison to a standard rotor that always hides half of the movement. The whole construction measures a mere 4.5mm in height, a feat in itself for a calibre of this complexity.

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(Julien Miribel and guests)