Discover Asia’s first Haute Horlogerie Exhibition: Watches & Wonders. From 25 to 28 September, 2013 traditional European watch brands will present their most recent masterpieces in Hong Kong. The Watches & Wonders, will encompass some of the rarest and most sought-after timepieces at the forefront of the field.
We invite you to collect our ticket at any of our Montblanc boutiques in Hong Kong and visit us at Watches & Wonders.
Montblanc Boutique addresses:
2/F Pacific Place, Admiralty, +825 2523-6637
2/F IFC Mall, Central, +852 2234 7225
3/F Times Square, Causeway Bay, +852 2506 9090
2/F Elements, Kowloon, +852 2196 8788
LG2 Festival Walk, Kowloon Tong, +852 2918 0125
G/F, 1881 Heritage, TST, +852 2367 7266
Great Hall, Shoppes at Venetian, Macau, +852 2882 8391
G/F, One Central, Maccau, +852 2875 1932
Swiss watchmaking visits Hong Kong
A highlight of the show will be the spectacular ExoTourbillon Rattrapante: a new masterpiece presented by the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 that can be described without exaggeration as a premiere in the world of watches. Furthermore, Montblanc will display its expertise in fine craftsmanship up close and personal in an experience sure to capture the imagination and fire the passion of collectors and afficionados.
Heir to a rich history of Haute Horlogerie
What could be a more fitting way to express the expertise of a manufacture that benefits from over 150 years of watchmaking history than a demonstration by its artisans introducing the visitors to their delicate art? The Montblanc manufacture in Switzerland is one of the few in the world that still possesses secrets passed down from the first generation of watchmakers who practiced their craft in the Swiss Jura – one of the traditional homes of fine watchmaking. Today, that knowledge is implemented at the manufacture’s workshops in Villeret and LeLocle at the highest level of craftsmanship, while continuing to evolve on par with the most innovative technology available – a philosophy that has culminated in breath-taking patented complications. In an exclusive view behind the curtains of this special world, Montblanc’s watchmakers invite visitors to discover their watchmaking skills and secrets in person in Hong Kong.
Artistic interpretation of craftsmanship
Montblanc at Watches & Wonders will not only present its artisans and the latest treasures from the watch manufacture – among which certain highlighted pieces will be unveiled for the first time in Hong Kong – but also tell the brand’s unique story of craftsmanship expertise in an extraordinary performance event. Taking visitors through a seductive immersion of the senses, this event aims to interpret the art of craftsmanship and fine watchmaking in a vibrant tapestry of music, film, visual art and live performance.
Fuelling the history of traditional Swiss watchmaking and underlying the innovation that has always taken place in Montblanc’s watch manufacture, is the sincere passion of the craftsmen for their art. As the performance continues, it picks up this thread – telling the story of Nicolas Rieussec, inventor of the first patented chronograph. Here, the thrill of the horse race sets the scene and spectators sense the passion of the man who revolutionised traditional timekeeping by creating a “timewriter” that used ink to mark the intervals corresponding to each horse’s finish in the race. Leaving behind the norms of conventional entertainment, this event features a live performer interacting with the projected animations. In this way, the spectator is introduced to Rieussec’s chronograph of 1821, which was remarkable for making it possible to record multiple finishes without needing to be reset inbetween.
In the final stage of the performance journey, visitors will marvel as they witness the blossoming from generation to generation of a unique creative force in the Villeret workshop of Montblanc’s watch manufacture. Driving this story were visionary craftsmen who continually enriched the traditional art of Swiss watchmaking with exciting innovations. The most recent product of this creative energy is the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante from the Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858.
The live performer, together with Montblanc’s artisans, virtually interact with the projected imagery of the watchmaking workshop in the Swiss Jura mountains to create this masterpiece. A true watchmaking first, the watch offers an unprecedented combination of numerous horological complications: a large balance positioned outside the tourbillon’s rotating cage, a chronograph with split-second function, and a three-dimensional regulator dial in gold and grand feu enamel.
Thanks to a patented energy-saving mechanism in the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante, the precision of measurements of the overall elapsed time and the intervening intervals by the ExoTourbillon with chronograph function is wed with a cleverly designed split-second function. With the rattrapante mechanism as the most complicated form of chronograph, the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret demonstrates its competence in the most challenging “freestyle” aspect of the chronographic discipline. This exceptional timepiece will as well be unveiled and presented in the flesh as a world-premiere during Watches & Wonders in Hong Kong.
An extraordinary experience
The Montblanc display at Watches & Wonders offers the opportunity for connoisseurs not only to come face to face with the newest masterpieces of an elite manufacture, but also to immerse themselves in the special world of Haute Horlogerie. With its artisans from the Swiss manufactures and a compelling multimedia presentation, Montlblanc invites visitors to be entertained, seduced and intrigued by its watches and its unique story, while celebrating the craftsmen whose talent and ingenuity continue to shape this extraordinary art.