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MONTECRISTO CARBON: NEW DESIGN AND MATERIALS FOR A 2,000-PIECE SPECIAL EDITION

Montecristo Carbon - Locman Italy

The iconic LOCMAN Collection appears at Baselworld in a totally new and exclusive guise: 2,000 numbered timepieces with a full carbon and titanium case, a sophisticated carbon fibre dial, and a considerably updated design.

It is the island of Montecristo, a symbol of pure and crystalline nature, that inspired the LOCMAN design studio in conceiving and developing the collection most representative of the brand, the one on which it could implement its most challenging projects. Montecristo exudes a mysterious fascination. It stands proud, wild and impregnable across from the LOCMAN headquarters at Marina di Campo. On days when it is buffeted by the north wind, its pro le appears starkly outlined on the horizon and one can almost perceive every single rock. On the contrary, when the south wind blows, the island appears to vanish in the mist. A perpetual object of desire for sailors, it is extremely dif cult to approach and visit. First launched in 2012 with the Montecristo Classic, the collection immediately asserted itself as the line most emblematic of LOCMAN through its strong and distinctive design, its broad case topped by a at glass and the characteristic triple-bar lugs, and by its movement. Montecristo Classic comes in two versions, with a high-tech quartz movement, or with a mechanical self-winding movement – the first calibre developed by the S.I.O., the Italian School of Watchmaking belonging to the LOCMAN group. 2014 saw the introduction of the Montecristo Automatic Chronograph, equipped with the first self-winding chronograph movement developed by LOCMAN. In devising this mechanism, the S.I.O. engineers focused strongly on the weights of the oscillating weight, so as to optimise the bidirectional winding of the automatic movement and thus ensure an average 35-hour power reserve. In 2015 the collection was enriched with the Montecristo Rattrapante model, a refined mechanical chronograph equipped with a split-seconds mechanism capable of measuring two different phenomena that begin at the same

In devising this mechanism, the S.I.O. engineers focused strongly on the weights of the oscillating weight, so as to optimise the bidirectional winding of the automatic movement and thus ensure an average 35-hour power reserve. In 2015 the collection was enriched with the Montecristo Rattrapante model, a refined mechanical chronograph equipped with a split-seconds mechanism capable of measuring two different phenomena that begin at the same time, but last for different periods of time. 2016 was a chance for LOCMAN to celebrate its 30 years of activity by launching the Montecristo Anniversary, an elegant chronograph driven by a Swiss movement (ETA Calibre 2894-2) and produced in an exclusive limited and numbered series of 300 watches. In 2017, comes the unveiling of the most high-impact innovation to date: Montecristo Carbon. Heralding a new trend, the design of this model is more flowing and less angular, while featuring considerably smaller dimensions. However, materials are the main innovative focus showcased in the Montecristo Carbon. For this exclusive special series, the engineers of the Italian School of Watchmaking (SIO) have opted for the exclusive LOCMAN full carbon material resulting from years of research. It is worth recalling that LOCMAN, with the New Carbon model launched in 2003, was the world’s first watch company to produce a carbon

For this exclusive special series, the engineers of the Italian School of Watchmaking (SIO) have opted for the exclusive LOCMAN full carbon material resulting from years of research. It is worth recalling that LOCMAN, with the New Carbon model launched in 2003, was the world’s first watch company to produce a carbon fibre case. Chosen for its resistance and lightness, LOCMAN full carbon is a composite material made from an approximately two millimetre-diameter carbon wire, in turn composed of thousands of entwined strands. The carbon fibre, cut into segments and combined with a polymer resin, is then placed inside a mould, where it is red at a controlled temperature and under high pressure. This operation serves to produce a block of carbon that is as hard as steel, corrosion-resistant and extremely light. But that’s not all, since in addition to its exceptional technical properties, full carbon endows the watch with peerless aesthetic appeal. The opaque black

The opaque black colour, the warm touch, together with the sense of unity and power, all contribute to the fascination of this exceptional material. In producing this material, LOCMAN has made use of special Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) equipment capable of machining solid carbon with extremely high levels of precision. The result in this instance is the splendid case of the Montecristo Carbon, forming a uni ed whole with the triple-bar lugs. The sides of the case are pleasantly cambered with softly flowing lines. The dial, entirely made of carbon

The result in this instance is the splendid case of the Montecristo Carbon, forming a uni ed whole with the triple-bar lugs. The sides of the case are pleasantly cambered with softly flowing lines. The dial, entirely made of carbon fibre, is framed by an inner bezel ring made of ABS: a thermoplastic material that is also superlight and resistant to shocks, pressure, and above all to variations in temperature. The at watch glass is rendered more resistant and transparent by a special ad hoc sapphire treatment that reinforces its hardness, making it comparable to that of natural sapphire. The Montecristo Carbon comes with a mechanical self-winding movement or with a quartz mechanism. The Automatic version is fitted with a

The Montecristo Carbon comes with a mechanical self-winding movement or with a quartz mechanism. The Automatic version is fitted with a calibre developed by the S.I.O (Italian Watchmaking School), which may be admired through a crystal pane fitted in the titanium case-back. The quartz chronograph movement drives three counters appearing on the dial and respectively indicating small seconds at 6 o’clock, chronograph minutes at 12 o’clock, and chronograph hours at 9 o’clock. The Montecristo Carbon is teamed with a perforated, soft-touch and totally non-allergenic silicon strap.