Bohemian Rhapsody: Serious Luxury With Montblanc’s Boheme Collection
With women accounting for almost half of luxury watch consumers, Swiss watchmakers have been intensifying their courtship. It’s no longer enough to reduce the size of men’s watches to fit slender wrists and then slap on a few precious stones. These days, women demand to be taken just as seriously as their male counterparts when it comes to their time-keeping investments.
Montblanc is one of those making real strides in this department with the Boheme collection. Launched in 2014, the watches are designed with the contemporary and self-confident women in mind, and crafted with high technical and artisanal standards. It has been endowed with everything from a simple date complication to a perpetual calendar and the Exo Tourbillon, without losing any of its ladylike quality.
The Boheme Automatic Date, for instance, is endowed with a solid movement with a frequency of 4Hz and a power reserve of 38 hours. Aesthetically, it now comes in strap with a soft shade of blue set against a silvery white mother-of-pearl dial. Its understated charm is complemented with eight diamond-set markers as well as a darker shade of blue accents particularly on the ‘3’, ‘9’ and ‘12’ Arabic numerals and hands. The elliptical date aperture at ‘6’ remains its most whimsical feature.
New to the family too are two new versions of the Boheme Exo Tourbillon Slim, each limited to 28 pieces. Both are powered by the in-house MB 29.24 automatic calibre with the patented Exo tourbillon that boasts a delicate construction entirely Montblanc’s own. High-end Swiss finishing such as Cotes de Geneve “en eventail” decoration, sunray and mirror-polish complement the superior engineering that allowed the movement to pass the stringent Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.
This time around, you can choose between a red gold case with beige mother-of-pearl dial and a white gold with slate grey mother-of-pearl. To give it that artisanal flourish, the mother-of-pearl is set with 146 Top Wesselton diamonds. The bezel is set with another 58 Top Wesselton diamonds.
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