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Montblanc - Metamorphosis II

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Montblanc first introduced the metamorphosis concept in 2010 when it developed the idea of two young inventors, Johnny Girardin and Franck Orny, of a timepiece that could mechanically change design and function. The joint effort with the Institut Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie produced the Metamorphosis – a watch named for its unique dual function and its innovative process of transformation.

The new Montblanc Metamorphosis II is part of the Villeret collection, a line of hand-made limited edition timepieces manufactured in accordance with the highest standard of haute horlogerie.

The change of design and function of the Metamorphosis II from classic time to chronograph and back using the same movement is just spectacular.

In the standard timekeeping mode, the watch displays hours, minutes and date and has a rather elegant appearance with Roman numerals in classic silver and black colours. The lower half of the dial displays a circular date display.

A sliding mechanism starts the transformation process of the watch. By pressing the slide on the left-hand flank from “10” to “8” the watch starts with its metamorphosis process which transforms it from the time indicating mode into a chronograph.

After the transformation, the Metamorphosis II displays a sporty face with Roman numerals for the hour sundial and a grey background for the sundials. In place of the date display, at 6 o'clock we find the chronograph minute counter.

To add preciousness to the sophisticated mechanism, the dial is enriched by rigorously hand-made guilloché decorations.

The 52mm case, made of highly polished rose gold, houses a hand-wound mechanical movement (MB M67.40) featuring a monopusher column wheel chronograph mechanism with horizontal clutch and large balance wheel with Phillips terminal curve hairspring. It beats at 18,000 vibrations per hour and offers 50 hours of power reserve.

This is one of the most complex movements ever developed and designed in Montblanc’s manufacture workshops in Villeret, with its 746 components and various patents that took over 4 years in development. Of the total 746 components, 494 are dedicated to the metamorphosis function.

A limited edition of just 18 pieces crafted entirely by hand, the new Metamorphosis II demonstrates Montblanc's capability of combining tradition and innovation in Haute Horlogerie. To see the Metamorphosis II in action, view the video below.

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