In 1760, the naturalist Horace-Bénédict De Saussure offered a prize to the first person to reach the summit of the Mont Blanc mountain. On August 8th, 1786, a hunter and gold seeker Jacques Balmat together with Michel-Gabriel Paccard, a doctor with a passion for botany and minerals, became the first people who reached the summit. One year later, they returned with Horace-Bénédict De Saussure so he too could experience the summit of his dreams. Montblanc pays tribute to the very first ascent of the Mont Blanc mountain with a limited edition of eight Star Legacy Exo Tourbillon Skeleton watches.
Each Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Skeleton The Ascent Limited Edition watch is hand-engraved with the Mont Blanc mountain in the sub dial at 12 o’clock. Surrounding the “White Mountain”, an 18K white gold engraving of Balmat climbing to the summit can be found on the left , while a representation of a mythological wyvern creature, believed to have lived on the Mont Blanc’s Mer de Glace glacier, is positioned on the right.
Balmat and Paccard had leather backpacks that contained blankets, pouches for rock samples, and various measuring instruments. One of their experiments was to measure the intensity of the sky’s color using a new invention at the time called a cyanometer. A few years later, De Saussure was able to use this device to prove that the sky’s blue tone became increasingly darker with a decrease in humidity. In celebration of this invention, the Montblanc Star Legacy Exo Tourbillon Skeleton, The Ascent, Limited Edition features a cyanometer gauge that runs around the periphery of the tourbillon cage, indicating the different shades of blue sky.
The patented Exo Tourbillon complication features the large balance wheel that beats at the traditional low frequency of 18’000 oscillations, outside of the tourbillon’s rotating cage (explaining the term “Exo”). The balance wheel is raised 3.2 mm higher than the dial and appears to be floating above it. The Montblanc Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Skeleton movement includes 420 inner angles that have all been manually polished.
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