Functional due to the fact that the watch displays the home-time and that of a second zone-time that can be set independently. Good looking due to the particularly well-designed details of the dial and case … Click on “read more” to see the watch …
The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time Vasco da Gama Limited Edition 238, 41 mm in diameter, has a 9.9 mm-slim case built into three parts, namely a middle and a case back in stainless steel with an 18 carat red gold-finish bezel with a delicate profile. It is powered by the MB 29.19 automatic calibre (base Sellita) with a Dual Time complication, featuring 21 components, developed in-house at Villeret by Montblanc’s watch developers and watchmakers. The MB 29.19 movement can be viewed through a transparent case back displaying a drawing of the São Gabriel, Vasco da Gama’s flagship, together with the signature of this audacious explorer.
The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time Vasco da Gama Limited Edition 238 displays the home-time and that of a second zone-time, usually set to the local time of the country being visited by the owner of the timepiece, together on the main dial. The dual time display consists of two central hour hands, with a gold-plated hand showing local time and a blued one for the home-time. This is cool: If the user does not wish to display the second zone-time, the second hour hand may be set so as to be perfectly superimposed over its counterpart for the time in the home zone. The gold-plated hand is set to the zone-time for the country being visited and advances by hourly steps, without affecting the position of the blued hand showing the time in the zone of departure. This indication is set by a simple adjustment of the winding crown.
All the user needs to do is to pull the crown out by one notch and then turn it in either direction so as to position the hour hand for the desired zone-time or for that of the region of destination. During this operation, the gold-plated hand is mechanically isolated from the movement, and any adjustment made to it does not affect the operation of the other hands including the second hand, thus ensuring that the watch continues to function precisely and always displays the right time. After this manual resetting has been accomplished, the user recloses the crown by pressing it inward to its original position. With this configuration, the hour reading for the place being visited is indicated by the tip of the gold-plated hand, while that for the home-time is shown by the blued hour hand, which can be viewed in conjunction with the 24-hour display to determine whether the home-time is during the day or night. The reading of the minutes for both time zones, of course, is provided by the long, slender gold-plated central hand, and the seconds are indicated by the hand located at 6 o’clock. To ensure that the owner has calendar information that corresponds to the time in the place being visited, the local time is synchronized with the date displayed in the window at 3 o’clock, which remains the same or moves forward or backward in keeping with the zone-time selected.
What we see above is a polished stainless steel case (Diameter = 41 mm; height = 9.9 mm) and a polished and satin-finished 18 carat red gold-capted bezel. The silvery-white dial features a sunburst pattern, facetted indexes and an Arabic numeral “12” as red gold-plated appliqué, red gold-plated sword-shaped hours and minutes hands, blued steel hours hand for the second zone-time, a blue lacquered sub-dial at 12 o’clock for the 24-hour and the day-night indicators depicting the sky with the Southern Cross in the southern hemisphere and a slightly cambered world map at 6 o’clock with a red gold-plated small-seconds hand and a date shown in an aperture.
The watch will be presented next week in Hong Kong at Watches & Wonders 2015 and come to the stores just thereafter.
The price: 6050.- Euro including 19 % sales tax