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Watch World

May 31, 2010

Here are some of my articles in Watch World, May 2010 issue

Little Master

Intro: Though fairly young, 15 years to be precise, Roger Dubuis has to its credit over thirty complicated movements. Hiren Kumar Bose

The Zenith Of Adventure

Intro: Though he set out solo in a balloon to the North Pole, physician-explorer Jean-Louis Etienne had the company of Zenith El Primero Striking 10TH chronograph. Hiren Kumar Bose

The Transformers

Intro: Montblanc’s Metamorphosis transforms the rules of  watchmaking by switching from a wristwatch to chronograph and vice versa within 15 seconds. Hiren Kumar Bose

Slice Of Time

The Independent Swiss Watchmakers’ Fair, which set ticking in Geneva, to make Mumbai the next destination. Hiren Kumar Bose

Montblanc’s trio

May 15, 2010

Tweet: Montblanc’s Chronograph, Timewalker & Lady Elegance at your city boutique

montblanc star

Combining a resolutely sporty case with intensely guilloched dial, as well as heavy-looking Roman numerals at 2, 4, 8 and 10 o’clock may not be liked by many. But who knows? Montblanc Star 4810 Red Gold Chronograph Automatic dauphine hands, the red-and-gold triangle pointing at the date window at 6 o’clock don’t  seem very natural. The watch is powered by the Montblanc 4810/501 Caliber, which is based on the well-known ETA Valjoux 7750 natural born automatic chronograph movement. Featuring power reserve of some 48 hours, this COSC-certified chronometer movement is accurate, reliable and you won’t have problems fixing it when it is broken, because just about any serviceman out there knows how to disassemble it with his eyes closed. Available in brown alligator-skin strap with 18 K red-gold pin buckle. Price Rs. 8,67,650

Montblanc Timewalker Watch with its fine surface finish, and sophisticated dial work of the Montblanc Timewalker make Montblanc watches are suitable for any occasions, formal and casual. All Montblanc Timewalker Watches are provided by self-winding Swiss movements. Montblanc Timewalker Automatic Chronograph watch also features a COSC certified self-winding movement. The  watch fits luminous hands and Arab markers, stop seconds, a date window between 4 and 5 o’clock, and chronograph counters at 3, 6, and 9 o’clock. The automatic movement with chronograph functions and date display brings the watch owner to another level. More so when the world sees you wearing it with the black alligator-skin strap.   Price: 1, 32,700

montblanc profile lady elegance

The oblong is the inexhaustible motif of the Montblanc Profile Lady Collection. Conceived for women with the feeling for what is special the Montblanc Profile Lady Elegance Diamonds is both straightforward and playful. An exceptional jewel of a watch in valuable stainless steel that shows the time with clear elegance. A quartz watch, it constantly attracts attention through its imaginative diamond edging totalling 0.30 carat. The crossover numerals are already familiar from the limited Profile watches. At 3, 6 and 9 o’clock, 35 glittering top Wesselton diamonds assume the shape of Roman numerals which run over beyond the mother-of-pearl dial onto the lunette. Another eyecatching feature is the star-shaped Montblanc Diamond, which shines at 12 o’clock – symbolising the preciousness and timeless beauty. It is surrounded by seven smaller diamonds which enrich the clarity of this jewel of a watch with creative playfulness. Price: 240,550

Available at Oriental House, Law Garden, Ellis Bridge, Ahmedabad, T: (079) 2644 5800, The Collection-UB City, Shop no. 2&3, 24 Vittal Mallya Road, Bangalore, T: (080) 4173 8831, Leela Galleria, Hotel Leela Palace, 23 Airport Road, Bangalore 560 008, T: (080) 2525 0270,  Taj Chandigarh, Shop no.7, Shopping Arcade, Block 9, Sector 17A, Chandigarh,T: (0172) 465 2220,  ITC Park Sheraton Hotel & Towers, 132 TTK Road, Chennai,T: (044) 4208 1701 / 2499 3650,    The Taj Mahal Hotel, One Mansingh Road, New Delhi,T: (011) 2302 6131 / 32, Maurya Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Diplomat Enclave, New Delhi 110 021,T: (011) 2302 3035 / 2302 3256, Taj Deccan, Road no. 1, Banjara Hills, Hyderabad, T: (040) 2332 8543,The Kakatiya Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Begumpet, Hyderabad, T: (040) 2340 0781,Majestic Park Plaza, Bhai Bala Chowk, Ferozpur Road, Ludhiana,T: (0161) 461 8361 / 62,The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai,T: (022) 2281 6827 / 2285 2151,Grand Hyatt Plaza, Vakola, Santacruz (East), Mumbai,T: (022) 3068 9001 / 02, JW Mariott, JuhuTara Road, Juhu, Vileparle (West), Mumbai,  T: (022) 2612 0362 / 64, Montblanc Jewellery Salon, The Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Apollo Bunder, Colaba, Mumbai,T: (022)  2287 1631 /2287 6336, F12, 1st floor, Inorbit Mall, Vashi, Navi Mumbai 400 705,T: (022) 2781 5580 / 81,Choice Apartment, Shop no. 4-6C, Dhole Patil Road, Pune, T: (020) 4002 6551 / 52.

“Metamorphosis influenced by The Trasformers’

April 24, 2010

Briefly: Watchmakers Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny are the duo behind Mont Blanc’s Metamorphosis, the first watch that functions independent one from the other, operating individually which may appear by choice one after the other on the same position.  Girardin (35) is a movement constructor and engineer who specializes in watches while Franck Orny (41) is  a construction-engineer specializing in horological fabrication and has attracted attention  for his unusual and elegant horological complications. Both work with Telos. Orny replied to an email interview with Watchalive!

Its’ said the idea to make Metamorphosis came from the movie Transformers where robotic figures morph from humanoid shapes into cars etc. Please elaborate.

We were on a family holiday in 2008 (skiing) and it is when we saw children watching or playing transformers that the idea was born. Why not make a watch that is one and then turns into another! And that the holder can choose according to his schedule, his feeling or usefulness. It changes the relationship between the object and the one who wears it, and is a completely new path in watch making.

girardin and orny

With 567 individual components in a 4.3 mm-slim sub-assembly and harmonising the same with Caliber 16 makes the Metamorphosis one of the most complicated. How did you go about doing it?

The base Caliber 16.29 includes 252 pieces in about 7 mm on which the whole function of chronographe minutes had to be rebuilt. The “Metamorphosis” complication is 315 pieces in 4.3 mm meaning 567 pieces in total of the watch in 11 mm height. A high end double-tourbillon or minute repeater generally has 350 to 380 components in total. Yes, Metamorphosis is a major complication! The “Grand Sonnerie” is above this.

Do explain the chorography which you were able to achieve and now have been filed a patent for the same.

The idea came to us on December 28, 2008 and we conducted a global research whether anything like this had been thought of or ever done before. After this research turned out fortunately to be negative, we filed the patent. Metamorphosis is the first watch that functions independent of the other operating individually which may appear by choice one after another on the same position. This general aspect – not only its technical implementation – is patented. On purpose, and with agreement of Montblanc, the patent remains the property of Telos.

What is the relevance of displaying the civil time in Roman numerals and the chronograph dial in Arabic numerals? Has it been done to give each its identity?

Yes, the change of numbers (and the entire design) is to get a different aesthetical identity of each face of the watch while at the same time keeping a very technical and “horological” spirit of both faces. This system is innovative and truly unique both in its function and in the way it has been technically constructed. This is the first time that a function disappears in a watch and another one appears on the same spot! This fact is of course also included in the patent.

As soon as the slide on the left-hand flank of the case is pulled downward from the “10” to the “8,” the timepiece, I’m told, transforms into a chronograph within approximately  15 seconds.  Is there any significance to the duration?

The time 15 seconds is chosen so that the owner can have enough time to appreciate the transformation of his watch. The 15 seconds duration is not a technical necessity, but it is important not to let it go too fast.

How long did Metamorphosis take—from the design stage to making a prototype?

Normally such projects take from three to five years but in the case of Metamorphosis we were a bit faster! The idea came to us in December 2008 and we presented it to Mont Blanc in January 2009. We started work right away. The technical study began in February 2009 and was completed in October and the assembly of the first prototype was completed in January 2010 to be presented at Geneva’s Salon International Haute Horlogerie 2010. It was an extremely challenging project and both of us, as well as the watchmakers at Montblanc had to push their limits. We expect to delivery the first pieces before Christmas 2010.

Do tell us about your work in Telos?

Telos holds the patent of the concept of the “Metamorphosis”. We did the full technical development and integration on the Montblanc Calibre 16.29 in close collaboration with the departments from Montblanc in Villeret. The design of the watch was developed jointly by Montblanc’s designers and the watchmakers around Demetrio Cabiddu who worked enthusiastically in translating the technical plans into a working piece. In future, we want to establish Telos as a company offering development services, fabrication and turnkey delivery of concepts on the basis of patents filed and proposed for different brands in an exclusive way. Telos can also participate, monitor and integrate the basic idea proposed by customers.

Handcrafted, Truly

January 31, 2010

Briefly: A visit to Minerva Villeret

Over the years, Minerva Villeret has held fast to the working methods associated with Swiss watchmaking at its best: the art of haute horlogerie, which is practiced largely by hand. Read about my visit to Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie established jointly by Montblanc and Minerva. Read on