MONTANDON & Co is a young Swiss watch brand established by Daniel M. Montandon in order to create innovative and highly demanding Haute Horlogerie timepieces in service to those who are seriously involved in the world of international yachting, from Lake Geneva to the world’s oceans. To realize this project, Daniel has created a partnership with David Candaux, a master watchmaker renowned for his contemporary haute horlogerie creations.
MONTANDON & Co creates superlative marine chronometers destined for conquering the aquatic firmament, utilizing the best traditions of marine timekeeping wedded with 21st century innovation for the ‘masters and commanders’ who view the Seven Seas as their domain. These timepieces represent the epitome of synthesis between the avant-garde and tradition, entirely manufactured in Switzerland in the famed watchmaking area of the Vallée de Joux, with the purest respect for the local craft skills and canons of Haute Horlogerie.
MONTANDON & Co’ s ambition and challenge is to create original and sophisticated timepieces in terms of movement and case, united with a holistic view of the design elements of both. For this reason the Company controls the design and manufacture all of all components closely, starting from the initial designs to final finishing, with exact demands applied to every detail.
MONTANDON &Co watches are entirely manufactured in the heart of the Vallée de Joux. It is in this historically inspirational environment that a small team of specialized craftsmen watchmakers manufacture, finish and assemble components for the timepieces to the highest standards of Haute Horlogerie.
The choice of the finest materials is also fundamental to this approach. Everywhere possible, the use of noble metals and innovative materials are combined with matchless finishing in order ensuring the rarity, authenticity and quality of the movements and all their individual components. MONTANDON &Co has expressly engraved the ‘Vallée de Joux’ label on the watch dials to recall that it is in this privileged valley that all MONTANDON & Co watches are created.
In order to maintain and guarantee the high levels of rarity and quality, MONTANDON & Co designs, develops and manufactures its own movements. Based on the automatic flying tourbillon caliber with unusual annular rotor construction, these mechanical watch movements integrate new solutions and features. These were specifically invented and developed in the spirit of creating an ultimate 21st century sea-faring chronometer worthy of the exceptional marine chronometers from sailing’s golden history.
Inspired by a map’s compass rose, the movement’s style and finishing characterize a complete and original identity uniquely identifiable as MONTANDON & Co, setting a new aesthetic canon, never seen before.
Oceanrider TMA01 V1
By combining specific elements of style and sophistication found on modern Super Yachts together with the culture of Haute Horlogerie, the Oceanrider line redefines the codes at the heart of the 21stcentury’s marine timekeeping.
Chosen as a flagship model for the brand’s launch, the Oceanrider TMA01 V1 is the first model within the Oceanrider collection. This line of exceptional timepieces was designed to be worn both on land or sea. Under all conditions it still retains the prime predicate “adventurer of the seas.”
The tight lines of the Oceanrider TMA01 V1 cleverly conceal its resistance to the elements, and its elegant visual codes allow it to be worn befitting all times and occasions. Every detail of the Oceanrider TMA01 V1 timepiece refers to its sea faring credentials, such as its helm’s inspired crown, the pushers and their protectors evoking the superstructures of great modern yachts, the wind rose on the secondary crown, the starfish lying on one of the movement bridge or the asymmetrical hand outlines inspired by the shapes of sails. Every Oceanrider TMA01 V1 represents the apex where the avant-garde and tradition simultaneously meet.
The case that houses the TMA01 V1 movement was also completely developed and manufactured in house. Fully conceived and designed in the spirit of the brand, it comprises a high degree of sophistication with over 35 components required to assemble it. From each of the uniquely shaped case screws that seal the anti-glare treated sapphire glass with the watch’s casing to its special crown, everything has been designed with extreme attention to detail and quality. Water resistance is guaranteed down to 50 meters.
With the launch of their first timepiece, the Oceanrider TMAO1 V1, upsetting all the existing codes, MONTANDON & Co pioneers in using Bronze for the execution of a horological complication. This nod to a historical material from marine history is possible thanks to a specially developed alloy guaranteeing total electrochemical stability, further complemented with a bezel, pushers and guards in grade-5 titanium.
A particular secret for the owner of an Oceanrider TMA01 V1 is its specially designed ‘iris’, which mechanism that permits its adjustable opening, controlled via the secondary crown. When opened, the magnificent Flying Tourbillon at the heart of the movement is unveiled, and when closed, this watchmaking complication becomes a secret only known to the owner, perfectly protected from magnetic fields and hidden from view.
Seconds at 6 o’clock
60 second flying tourbillon
Iris with adjustable opening
Main crown for winding and setting the time
Secondary crown for adjusting the iris aperture
Bronze Special A-HP with bezel and pushers in grade-5 titanium
White gold 150PD 18K with bezel and pushers in grade-5 titanium
Number of components: 36
Diameter of the case: 44 mm
Dial opening: 37 mm
Overall thickness: 11 mm
Water resistance: 50 meters
Sapphire crystal with anti-reflective treatment
Additional holes drilled into the luggs to mount straps with regular pins.
Automatic flying tourbillon
Caliber: Montandon & Co – TMA01 V1
Diameter: 34 mm
Number of components: more than 250
Balance frequency: 21,600 oscillations – 3Hz
Number of Jewels: 26
Power reserve: 72 hours
Spiral: Breguet overcoil
Annular peripheral rotor allowing clear view of the movement
Composed of 2 18K gold parts, mechanically assembled
7 appliques in 18K white gold
Guilloche center ‘wave pattern’
Available in 3 basic colors: blue, snow and slate
Hands: 3 hands in 18K white gold, with Super-Luminova treatment
Crocodile, inside and outside, with rolled-edges, hand-stitched
Supplied with an integrated pin pusher, allowing its quick and easy change
2 blade folding deployment buckles in polished stainless steel 316L
End piece in Special A-HP Bronze or 18K 150PD white gold
Bronze Special A-HP: from CHF 128’000,00
White gold 150PD 18K: from CHF 146’000,00
About Daniel M. Montandon
The horological knowledge and passion that flows in the veins of MONTANDON & Co’s identity can be traced to the generations of Daniel M. Montandon’s background. He grew up in a world fully infused with all the traditions and values that form the heart and soul of Swiss watchmaking within a renowned family that marked the watchmaking industry with their footprint. André, his paternal grandfather, was an independent watchmaker in Le Locle and the well-known manufacture Eberhard & Co was founded in 1887 by Georges Eberhard, his great grandfather. Following a spirit of adventure during the mid-1940, André his father, became one of the first official representatives of the Swiss Watch Federation in South America at that time. André Heiniger his uncle was the President of Rolex for over 40 years during its period of incredible worldwide expansion.
With a personal history such as this, it was only natural that Daniel M. Montandon would be drawn to follow his family’s footsteps, and in this capacity he worked for many years with several major brands. The fall of the Berlin Wall launched him as a pioneer of Haute Horlogerie in the Russian Federation as well as other East European countries, where he was responsible for the introduction and promotion of prestigious high-end brands.
Daniel M. Montandon’s passion for the nautical world was evident at an early age when he participated in his first regattas at the age of 12. Later, this passion would draw him into establishing a career in naval architecture during which he received international acclaim. During this period he collaborated with leading shipyards specialized in the construction of large modern yachts such as Perini Navi, inventing and developing numerous devices to improve the performance, safety and maneuverability of these tall ships. His fascination with the marine world extended his interests to include scuba diving, a sport in which he still participates during free moments in his busy schedule.
About David Candaux
Coming from generations of watchmaking background and a child of the famed watchmaking area Vallée de Joux, David Candaux is a master watchmaker and constructer of movements. He is the author of famed contemporary masterpieces of watchmaking. With the idea of taking ‘solo flight’, he decided to establish a Ferme Horlogère (historical watchmakers’ farm) encapsulating the heritage of the Vallée de Joux, to apply his numerous talents for prestigious brands.
Impressed by the philosophy behind the MONTANDON & Co project, he became the ideal partner to provide a mechanical life force with innovative ideas for the brand. The universe of David Candaux and his team thus engage in perfect harmony together with that of MONTANDON &Co, providing a pioneering mechanical spirit infused with the watchmaking traditions of the Vallée de Joux.
Website : http://montandonandco.ch/