Unveiled at the Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH 2013) in Geneva, the new Villeret Seconde Authentique watches from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 are expressly conceived for feminine wrists. Each model from this collection is limited to 58 watches.
With the Seconde Authentique and the Seconde Authentique Joaillerie, the master watchmakers in Villeret now devote themselves to the to ladies’ wrists. The thoroughly feminine Seconde Authentique embodies the typical traits of the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858, thus assuring that these new ladies’ watches preserve the collection’s identity. The dial has an unmistakable look with mother-of-pearl intarsia and an upwardly shifted hour scale with black Roman numerals. Likewise instantly recognizable is the boldly concave bezel, which is polished on the Seconde Authentique and set with brilliant-cut diamonds on the Seconde Authentique Joaillerie.
The 18 ct red gold case is perfectly sized for an elegant lady’s wristwatch. With a diameter of 36 mm, it’s large enough to exert its full effect and to show the time in a readily legible manner, but not too dominant, thus assuring that the rules of distinguished elegance are always upheld. The appearance is further enhanced by gently curving horns with contours that develop harmoniously from the round arc of the case. A domed sapphire crystal, which has received antireflective treatment on both its surfaces to prevent reflections and glare, protects the dial, which boasts appealing tone-in-tone intarsia that have been manually assembled from paper thin flakes of white mother-of-pearl.
The dial is also printed with black Roman numerals, its periphery bears a wreath of minute indices, and the seconds are shown on a subdial at “6 o’clock.” This pretty face is framed on the Seconde Authentique model by a concave polished bezel, while the bezel of the Seconde Authentique Joaillerie is adorned with 144 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 0.93 carats.
Each model`s crown bears a legendary Montblanc diamond: its 43 facets are cut to form the brand’s emblem. The pure white summit of the Mont Blanc with its six glacier tongues provided the inspiration for the shape of this incomparable diamond. Its extraordinary patented cut reveals, in perfect refraction, a second star deep within. On the diamond-studded model, the crown is additionally embellished with a wreath of 38 brilliant-cut diamonds with a total weight of 0.11 carats. Both watch models are affixed to a hand-sewn white alligator-leather wristband. A pronged buckle made of 18 ct gold secures the strap.
A lady’s wristwatch from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 is a uniquely special piece of jewelry. The classical elegance of its exterior, with a gorgeous dial and the incandescence of brilliant-cut diamonds, is matched by the uniqueness of the timepiece’s inner life, where the aesthetic thrives mostly in concealment and reveals only a fraction of its perfection to the viewer who peers through the pane of sapphire crystal in the case’s back. This makes it all the more important for the lady who owns this watch to know that artistic craftsmanship indwells the timepiece that she has chosen to adorn her wrist.
The mechanical hand-winding calibre MB M62.00 embodies the traditional Swiss art of watchmaking, which is seldom seen in such uncompromisingly superlative quality nowadays. This especially applies to the large percentage of manual effort invested in finely adjusting and ennobling the many individual parts which collaborate to make this watch tick. The rhodium-plated nickel-silver bridges are beveled by hand and the Geneva waves are likewise applied with traditional tools.
The manually adorned plate boasts circular graining. The watchmaker who determines the active length of the balance’s slender spiral spring by “counting the hairspring” is an experienced artisan who relies solely on her sharp eyes and steady hands to perform this exacting task. Even the gleaming red ruby pallet-stones are manually pressed onto the lever with the aid of a so-called “pallet-stone press” into precisely the correct positions with a tolerance of a few thousandths of a millimeter so that they can perfectly mesh with the escape-wheel’s teeth.
Each individual movement is crafted with an expenditure of skilled labor on a par with that lavished on the finest examples of haute joaillerie, so one can rightly describe the watches in the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 as haute horlogerie. Only in this way can timepieces be created that have inner values which spark enthusiasm combined with that evoked by the classical beauty of their exteriors.
The Villeret premieres for ladies’ wrists will be available in series limited to 58 Seconde Authentique watches and 58 Seconde Authentique Joaillerie watches.
Models: Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 – Seconde Authentique & Seconde Authentique Diamonds (Ref 109182 & 109184). Limited edition of 58 pcs. each
Case, Dial & Strap
Case: 18 K red gold 5N; cambered sapphire crystal, screwed sapphire crystal case back Model „Diamonds“: Bezel set with 144 diamonds, total ~0,93 ct
Dimensions: Ø 36 mm, height 9,6 mm
Water Resistance :To 3 Bar (30 Meter)
Crown: With Montblanc Diamond ~0,055 ct.; Model: „Diamonds“: Set with 38 diamonds, total ~0,11 ct
Dial: Marqueterie with white mother-of-pearl
Hands: 18 K red gold
Strap: Hand-sewn alligator strap,18 K red gold pin buckle
Manufacture calibre MB M62.00
Movement Type: Manually wound with small second
Dimensions: Ø 24 mm, height 3,9 mm
No. of components: 162 (complete movement)
No. of jewels: 19 (hemispherical, domed, olive-cut)
Power Reserve: 50 hours
Balance: Screwed, Ø 9,7 mm; 15 mgcm2
Frequency: 18.000 Semi-oscillations / hour (2,5 Hertz)
Spiral: With Phillips terminal curve
Plates: Rhodium-plated German silver, circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Bridges: Rhodium-plated German silver, “Côtes de Genève”, recesses circular-grained on both sides, hand-chamfered edges
Going-Train: Gold-plated, circular-grained, chamfered, diamond hubs on both sides Pinions: polished faces and toothing, burnished pivots
Indications: Hour – minute – small second at 6 o’clock