German luxury brand Montblanc is best known for creating exquisite writing instruments but they also create some of the most spectacular mechanical timepieces that are best described as a blend of art and top-notch engineering. In 2010, Montblanc introduced its Metamorphosis I which featured the simply superb in-house chronograph with two completely unique faces. The company has just introduced its successor in Hong Kong at Watches and Wonders show. Dubbed the Montblanc Metamorphosis II, it is a truly impressive timepiece. The case, made from 18-carat red gold is perfectly round and measures an above average 52 millimeters in diameter, with the whole watch comprising of a whopping 746 components.
Created by Minerva, Montblanc’s watchmaking workshop, the Metamorphosis II took four years to develop. Just like its predecessor, the watch can transform according to the owner’s wishes with its two subdials varying between conventional timekeeping and a chronograph. The transforming complication comprises an amazing 494 components. It uses a lever which, when moved, winds an auxiliary mainspring which then supplies power exclusively to the main complication of the watch. Montblanc will only create 18 of these exquisite 18-carat gold watches and the limited edition watch is priced at €270,000 ($342,000 approx).