Montblanc Bohème introduces an ExoTourbillon for women
The Bohème 2016 collection unveils four new models, including three sumptuous tourbillons.
In 2014, Montblanc launched its Bohème collection with the original Date Automatic and Perpetual Calendar models. The following year, this elegant and contemporary line of haute horlogerie timepieces for women added the Moongarden and Day & Night models. Today, Montblanc is presenting four new Bohème watches: a revised Date Automatic and three splendid ExoTourbillon models.
Apart from its larger diameter (34 mm), the 2016 Bohème Date Automatic is very similar to its older sister: the bezel of the steel watch is set with 72 Top Wesselton diamonds, the blued leaf-shaped hour and minute hands sweep over elegant Arabic numerals, and the centre of the white silvered dial is occupied by a sunray guilloché motif. However, careful observers will note the reworked minutes track complete with red-gold dots, and a date aperture at 6 o’clock, where previously it was located above the 6 o’clock position. The same automatic MB 24.17 movement with a 38-hour power reserve drives the hour, minute, second and date functions. For the new Bohème 2016 models, Montblanc has designed an interchangeable strap system which, in the case of the Date Automatic, allows its wearer to choose between a black alligator strap or metal bracelet.
However, this year’s star attraction is the ExoTourbillon movement. Women who appreciate complications and haute horlogerie will find their heart’s desire in the Bohème ExoTourbillon Slim, ExoTourbillon Slim Jewellery and ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years Anniversary, which feature a tourbillon, all too often considered a purely male preserve. And what a tourbillon it is. The ExoTourbillon, a Montblanc invention that has the tourbillon cage disconnected from the balance wheel and located outside the movement base plate, has finally come to a women’s collection, having previously graced the Villeret, Heritage Chronométrie and TimeWalker collections. The smaller tourbillon requires less energy to rotate and the balance wheel, being freed of the weight of the tourbillon, is thus more precise.
All three watches are driven by the patented automatic ExoTourbillon movement MB29.24, which provides a one-minute tourbillon and stop seconds function. With its new micro-rotor, it beats at 21,600 vph, giving a power reserve of 48 hours, for a thickness of just 4.5 mm. The Geneva striping on the bridges and micro-rotor, mirror-polished finishes on the tourbillon bridge, satin brushing on the mainplate and sunray finish on the plate below the micro-rotor give the movement a refined elegance that women are sure to appreciate.
The three ExoTourbillon Slim models come in an 18 karat red gold case with a diameter of 38 mm, measuring 9.37 mm deep, with 58 Top Wesselton diamonds set into the bezel and a sapphire crystal. The crown features the Montblanc diamond, and the red gold caseback is fitted with a sapphire insert to give an unobstructed view of the movement. While the ExoTourbillon Slim has a silvered white dial similar to that of the Date Automatic, with the tourbillon carriage at 6 o’clock, the Jewellery version has a dial paved with 144 Top Wesselton diamonds and gem-set lugs. A wide range of interchangeable straps in Cappuccino, Orange Apricot, Coquelicot, Bleu des Iles, Turquoise and Black guarantee the right look for any occasion.
The ExoTourbillon Slim 100 Years Anniversary has a sophisticated multi-layered dial inspired by Montblanc’s Rouge et Noir writing instrument collection. A snake outlined in slender red gold filaments filled with blue lacquer coils across a background of white mother-of-pearl. The serpent, a potent symbol of life and rebirth, and a recurring motif in Art Nouveau and Art Deco design, is adorned with 55 diamonds, and its ruby gaze is fixed on the number 12 in applied red gold. The timepiece, just 10 of which are available, is fitted with a dark blue alligator strap.
Synonymous with excellence in craftsmanship and design, Montblanc has been pushing the boundaries of innovation ever since the Maison first revolutionized the culture of writing in 1906.Find out more >
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