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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.

Watches & Wonders 2015 (IWC Vintage Collection)

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At IWC, they did a great display of many of their vintage models at the upper level.

A Grand Complication from it's first year of production.
A Grand Complication from it’s first year of production.

A skeleton Minute Repeater and "II Destriero Scafusia", limited to 125 pcs to mark IWC 125th anniversary.
A skeleton Minute Repeater and “II Destriero Scafusia”, limited to 125 pcs to mark IWC 125th anniversary.

A couple of Portugieser Perpetual Calendar, one of my favorite IWC model.
A couple of Portugieser Perpetual Calendar, one of my favorite IWC model.

Pocket watches from the 1920's
Pocket watches from the 1920’s
 

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Decade apart and yet classics design endures.

Decade apart and yet classics design endures.

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Couple of old Yacht Club, notice the case shape change in the 77.

Newer design Yacht Club on the right
Newer design Yacht Club on the right

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Another classic, the 7days. 2015 sees the change to the new 5007 series.

The New 5007 replacing the 5001, with its new ceramic winding and twin barrels system.
The New 5007 replacing the 5001, with its new ceramic winding and twin barrels system.

Also new this year, the Portofino Monopusher, stunning in grey dial, the crown/pusher is perhaps just a tad too long.
Also new this year, the Portofino Monopusher, stunning in grey dial, the crown/pusher is perhaps just a tad too long.

My watch buddy Thomas, we have the exactly same Aquartimer Chrono in steel, I guess great minds think alike.
My watch buddy Thomas, we have the exactly same Aquartimer Chrono in steel, I guess great minds think alike.

Thomas getting interviewed by Kelly Cheung, for TVB Pearl programme Dolce Vita.
Thomas getting interviewed by Kelly Cheung, for TVB Pearl programme Dolce Vita. Again, great minds have similar taste 😉

Watches & Wonders 2015 (Cartier Private viewing)

watches & wonder 2015

It’s that time of the year again, the 3rd Watches & WondersHaute Horlogerie Exhibition in Hong Kong. I went yesterday (Day 2 of the 4 day event), and despite the withdrawal of Audemars Piguet announced early this year, the all Richemont cast did not disappoint, there are many big release this year and I am sure I have missed many.

Just on your left when you enter the Cartier booth, The Rotonde de Cartier Novelty set, limited to 5 sets only.

 

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Double Tourbillon with Mystery!

 

Bling'ed up version!
Bling’ed up version!

 

A Balance wheel model demonstrating the effect of weight adjustment at the rim
A Balance wheel model demonstrating the effect of weight adjustment at the rim.
Escape Wheel and Pallet system
Escape Wheel and Pallet system.

 

Crash taken apart.
Crash taken apart.
Clé de Cartier range, the shape is very unisex!
Clé de Cartier range, the shape is very unisex!
Up close with the Double Tourbillon Mystery early, the tourbillon just floats on air, hence the name.
Up close with the Double Tourbillon Mystery shown earlier, the tourbillon just floats on air, hence the name.
I want a new pet! Just shy of 1 million HKD :(
I want a new pet! Just shy of 1 million HKD 🙁

 

The ladies went crazy with this! Look at the video below and you will see why!
The lady went crazy with this! Look at the video below and you will see why!

Each Diamond sits on it’s individual spring, Think of it like your pocket spring Sealy Mattress.