Paying homage to Roman Emperor, Marcus Aurelius…and the mirrored parabolic reflector!
Christophe Claret’s passion for history has inspired him to create Aventicum, named after the the capital of ancient Roman Helvetia. And also a watch whose primary “statement” is less about telling the time and more about its other unique attributes. You see, Aventicum features a miniature (just a few millimeters), micro-engraved gold bust of Roman emperor Marcus Aurelius, magnified and presented in the center of the dial with the help of an ingenious optical device known as a mirascope.
An example of a mirascope
Having taken you through the ultra-exclusive flagship pieces in Vacheron Constantin’s new Harmony collection, there are a couple additional pieces I wanted to run through. The Harmony Dual Time, with new Caliber 2460DT, is one of them. Vacheron Constantin has put forth three references of the new dual time watch: two for men (Dual Time Ref 7810S/000G-B050 (white gold) and 7810S/000R-B051(pink gold)), and one for women (Dual Time Ref 7805S/000G-B052. Let’s take a closer look.
SIHH 2015…what a watch!
Introducing the Montblanc Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres Geosphères Vasco Da Gama. Yea, it’s a mouthful, but this piece from the Montblanc Villeret collection — it’s most prestigious — is an incredible watch. Montblanc has just killed it here in form and function. It is a timepiece that unites for the first time ever a cylindrical tourbillon and unique, functional worldtime indication. Only 18 pieces of the Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama will be made, at a price of MSRP is 250,000 Euros per.
SIHH 2015…aventurine dial…
As I mentioned in my introduction of the Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie ExoTourbillon Chronograph, a special “Vasco da Gama” edition is being produced in a limited edition run of only 60 pieces. Montblanc has introduced several pieces this year across the range in recognition of the famous Portuguese explorer of the late 1400s, the first to reach India by sea from Europe.
Sharing the same mechanical characteristics of the non-limited piece, the Heritage Chronometrie ExoTourbillon Chronograph “Vasco da Gama” edition is housed in a 44mm 18-carat white gold case. Its aesthetic is distinguished by its beautiful dial. Made of aventurine with a Montblanc star-shaped diamond inset, it is nothing short of gorgeous. Further, the sub-dial which sits just inside of the 31-day date ring has a special blue patterned finish to it. Have a look.