Montblanc is marking its 110th anniversary this year with a range of celebratory items featuring a serpent motif on writing instruments, tie clips, cuff links, luggage and a stunning tourbillon dress watch.
The serpent design theme first appeared in Montblanc’s earliest fountain pens known as the Rouge et Noir line, first introduced in 1909.
The symbol of life and rebirth was a recurring motif in art and design during the Art Nouveau and Art Deco periods and is used on the face of the Montblanc Villeret Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique 110 Years Anniversary Limited Edition timepiece, where a three-dimensional, hand-engraved, anthracite serpent has been integrated into the bezel.
It is also depicted on the back of the 52 mm red gold case with a hand-engraving slithering serpent, the serpent harks back to the renowned brand’s first fountain pen series, Rouge et Noir, Only three units of the special watch – which uses a hand-crafted manually-wound Caliber MB M65.63 with a one-minute tourbillon and a double cylindrical hairspring delivering 46 hours of precision power – are being sold.
The watch is based on the Tourbillon Bi-Cylindrique, a wristwatch introduced in the Villeret collection in 2011. It features a one-minute tourbillon and a double cylindrical balance spring at 12 o’clock, opposite Blancpain’s Heures Mystérieuses display. Each of the tourbillon’s 95 components are hand finished, polished, and decorated employing traditional Swiss watchmaking practices. As for price, although unconfirmed, it could cost anywhere in the region of $290,000, and possibly more.