DIS­CERN­ING TRAV­ELLER

Hong Kong Tatler - - Style | Watches -

POR­TUGUESE EX­PLORER VASCO DA GAMA’S DIS­COV­ERY OF AN OCEAN ROUTE FROM POR­TU­GAL TO THE EAST WAS SIG­NIF­I­CANT IN CON­NECT­ING PEO­PLE LIVING IN THE NORTH­ERN AND SOUTH­ERN HEMI­SPHERES. THE EX­PE­DI­TION WAS THE LONG­EST OCEAN VOY­AGE EVER MADE UN­TIL THEN, LONGER THAN A FULL VOY­AGE AROUND THE WORLD BY WAY OF THE EQUA­TOR. THIS YEAR, MONT­BLANC PAYS TRIB­UTE TO DA GAMA’S AMAZ­ING ACHIEVE­MENTS WITH THE MONT­BLANC COL­LEC­TION VILLERET TOUR­BIL­LON CYLIN­DRIQUE GEOSPHÈRES VASCO DA GAMA. THE WATCH IS UNIQUE IN THAT IT DIS­PLAYS THREE TIME ZONES. THE FIRST, LO­CAL TIME, IS DIS­PLAYED VIA REGULAR HANDS; THE SEC­OND, HOME TIME, IS DIS­PLAYED ON A THREE-DI­MEN­SIONAL 12-HOUR COMPASS ROSE AT 6 O’CLOCK; AND THE THIRD, THE WORLD’S 24 TIME ZONES AS DE­PICTED BY TWO GLOBES REP­RE­SENT­ING THE NORTH­ERN AND SOUTH­ERN HEMI­SPHERES. APART FROM THE WORK­MAN­SHIP, WHAT IM­PRESSES ARE THE NU­MER­OUS SUP­PORT FUNC­TIONS THAT HAVE BEEN IN­COR­PO­RATED INTO THIS TIME­PIECE—A ONE-MINUTE TOUR­BIL­LON AT 12 O’CLOCK, THE COMPASS ROSE (HOME TIME) CON­TIN­U­ALLY RUN­NING AND IN­DE­PEN­DENTLY AD­JUSTABLE, AND THE TWO GLOBES DIS­PLAY­ING THE PAS­SAGE OF TIME, WHICH RE­CALLS THE SEA ROUTE THAT DA GAMA SAILED IN 1497.

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