Watches and Wonders: Making the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

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Releasing the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante at Watches and Wonders in Hong Kong was a big public relations coup for Montblanc. The newest addition to the Collection Villeret 1858 is a rarity when most of the other exhibitors made material or colour scheme changes whereas Montblanc introduced an uniquely constructed and innovative tourbillon.

Montblanc Collection Villeret 1858 ExoTourbillon Rattrapante

In the ExoTourbillon, Montblanc has positioned the rotating cage and escapement outside of the movement plates, along the movement rather than within. Next, the balance itself has been installed outside the carriage and oscillates on a different plane. With this “emancipated” construction, the Collection Villeret 1858 ‘Exo’ or ‘Outside running’ Tourbillon Rattrapante benefits from size and energy savings when compared to regular tourbillon complications- importantly, the larger rotating cage is no longer required and the ExoTourbillon cage has a smaller diameter than the balance, rotating beneath a gleaming golden screw balance.


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