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Watches & Wonders 2015 (Calibrating Competition @ Mont Blanc)

I have owned a couple of Mont Blanc Pens, a Mont Blanc leather card holder for more than a decade (come to think of it, I think they might have came together in a set). As far as writing instruments and men leather good goes, I think you can’t go wrong with the brand with a Snowy Mountain. But I have never quite taken their time pieces seriously, and boy how ignorant was I.

Especially since the partnership with Minerva to launch the Villeret line few years ago, producing a series of in-house ultra-complication models,  the watches are handsomely designed and extremely well finished, comparable to some of the very best high end watch manufacture has to offer.

As Mr Julien Miribel describes below, the Metamorphosis consist of more than 700 parts, a typical Minute Repeater, in comparison, has 500 or so “only”.

Open Sesame! The side slider is very similar to one found on a minute repeater, I guess similar to a Minute repeater which  requires  extra energy, it winds a separate spring  to power the gate opening mechanism instead of chiming striker and gong.

Some of the other goodies during the private viewing:

The Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères in honor of 15th Century Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama.
The Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères in honor of 15th Century Portuguese explorer Vasco de Gama.
A non functioning sample as it turns out, but beautifully made nevertheless.
A non functioning sample as it turns out, but beautifully made nevertheless.
In Gold!
In Gold!
ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph.
ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph.
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar with "see-thru" Sapphire Dial
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar with “see-thru” Sapphire Dial
One of the most affordable perpetual calendar from a major Swiss brand.
One of the most affordable perpetual calendar from a major Swiss brand.
Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time, tested to the more stringent 500 hours Mont Blanc standard compared to COSC, also the very watch Hugh Jackman wore the night before.
Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time, tested to the more stringent 500 hours Mont Blanc standard compared to COSC, also the very watch Hugh Jackman wore the night before.

The calibration competition booth, can’t wait for my turn:

"Good afternoon, Master watchmaker!"
“Mr Arne explaining the calibration positions!”
My Witschi and my movement.
My Witschi and my movement.

I swear I got it down to -2s/d at the CH position, but when it went on for final scoring, I lost terribly. Which I immediately blame the movement, master watch maker Mr Arne told me I have great potential to be a watch maker (always blame a bad movement)!

My 3 positions (9CH/6H/9H) result. Again, due to a bad movement.
My 3 positions (9CH/6H/9H) result. Again, due to a bad movement.

Picture taken with Joe from Emperor Watch & Jewelry, also Kenny from Mont Blanc (shown in the background of 1st video), a Big “thank you”  for their hospitality and  kind arrangement.