SIHH 2015 watch exhibition finally kicked off yesterday at Palexpo in Geneva and one of the coolest timepieces that was revealed at the show is the new Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama. Don’t let the long and complex name put you off; in fact the exquisite timepiece honors the legacy of one of history’s greatest explorers and the design of the watch is just amazing. ‘For 157 years Villeret’s master watchmakers have traditional Swiss watchmaking with the same combination of innovation, precision and determination that guided Vasco da Gama on his historic expedition,’ claims the company.
Inspired by the great Portuguese explorer of the 16th century, known mainly for linking Europe and Asia and being the first traveler to reach India by sea, the timepiece has connected Northern and Southern hemispheres in the lower part of the dial. The 47mm case surrounds a three-dimensional dial that looks splendid. The 281 components that comprise hand-wound tourbillon Calibre MB M68.40 support numerous functions in an unprecedented combination: a triple time zone with local time is displayed in the form of hours and minutes. If you turn the watch, you will see 24 cities engraved around the case-back and on the side; you will see a pusher at 8 o’clock that helps you adjust the local time. The Tourbillon Cylindrique Geosphères Vasco da Gama will be a limited edition of only 18 pieces in rose gold.