Vasco da Gama was the first european explorer to chart an ocean route to India, bringing about the possibility of trade between Europe and Asia for the first time. His landmark journey to India in 1497, crossing the Mediterranean and the Arabian peninsula, is widely considered the start of global multiculturalism, linking the Atlantic and the Indian ocean, the West and the East forver.
In homage to Vasco da Gama’s exploring spirit and his obsession with precision, Montblanc is launching a new collection: the Heritage Chronométrie Collection. Montblanc pays special tribute to the famous explorer, with limited editions inspired by his historic mission. The collection unites fine watchmaking’s heritage with its quest for precision, which is as relevant to Montblanc today as it was to Vasco da Gama in 1497.
The collection, whose name derives from the French term “chronométrie” for “precise timekeeping”, reflects the traditional characteristics of fine Swiss watchmaking: from the refined, slim cases with straight bezel and curved horns to the artistically finished sunray dials with double-faceted sword hands as well as figures and indexes derived from the legendary Minerva Pythagore watch.