Montblanc’s 110th anniversary this year is being marked 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 early fountain pens known as the Rouge et Noir line.
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.
Only three pieces are being sold of the mechanical piece, which uses a hand-crafted manually-wound Calibre MB M65.63 with a one-minute tourbillon and a double cylindrical hairspring delivering 46 hours of precision power.
“It sets new records in terms of ultimate precision and innovation combined with artisanal aesthetic. Being completely developed and produced internally at the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, this exceptional timepiece celebrates creativity and tradition in the true spirit of the Maison’s 158 years of fine watchmaking heritage,” the company says.