Montblanc has knocked it out of the park again at SIHH 2015 with their newest watch collection. To be more specific, The NEW Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel Vasco da Gama.
Montblanc honors the great explorer Vasco da Gama and his first journey to India with the intricate and highly functional calendar complication of the Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel.
This watch is clean, refined, complicated, has incredible contrast and is somewhat symmetrical. It’s available in two different variations of 18k red gold which is warm and sophisticated in its rich tone and stainless steel for more of an everyday aesthetic. The 18k red gold model is limited to 238 pieces while the stainless steel model is limited to 316 pieces for the world.*238 references the height of Cape Point, a peak visible at a critical portion of de Gama’s journey. *316 references the days it took for de Gama to travel from Portugal to India.
Both versions have a 40 mm case, three subdials between the 9, 12 and 3 o;clock position for the annual calendar and a striking moonphase disc at the six o’clock position. There is one Arabic Numeral 12 at the 12 o’clock position and 10 indices for the other numbers except for the six o’clock position which is taken over by the moon phase disc display. I don’t think there is a better complicated watch out there in a precious metal case for the money. At $13,000 for the 18k red gold version and under $7,000 for the steel version, both watches are less than half of what it would cost from any other major luxury watch manufacturer.
I have yet to see the watch in stainless steel but can only imagine how beautifully executed this watch is . The 18k red gold version is a stunning masterpiece. The case back of both editions is decorated with the explorer’s signature and his flagship – the São Gabriel.