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THE NEW MONTECRISTO AUTOMATIC CHRONOGRAPH 516

Montecristo 516 - Locman Italy

The watch company headquartered on the island of Elba has decided to broaden its iconic collection by introducing the new Montecristo Automatic Chronograph. The LOCMAN Montecristo collection was born in the late 1990s with the first Montecristo Automatico, equipped with a case in 18K gold and briar root. Today as then, the idea was to create something rare, unique and specific to the island that inspired it. Now a nature reserve for many centuries and completely uninhabited, Montecristo symbolises an inaccessible dream.

Since 2009 the collection has evolved technically with a more modern line combining high technology and super-functional design with a strong vocation for the sea as well as for unspoiled and enchanting nature. As far as the Automatic Chronograph introduced by the Elba-based brand in 2014 is concerned, the new model represents a major step in the journey undertaken by LOCMAN as of 2006, in founding the Scuola Italiana di Orologeria (S.I.O., Italian School of Watchmaking).

This in-house academy is dedicated not only to training company staff, but also to the research and to the development of in-house movements as well as new materials. The new Montecristo Automatic Chronograph 516 houses a highly reliable and sturdy S.I.O. movement driving three counters and a date display. The S.I.O. team of master-watchmakers, in cooperation with an historical Swiss artisan-style atelier, decided to round out the collection by developing a project inspired by the most prestigious Swiss mechanisms, expressed through refined workmanship on the index-assembly and the use of high-quality materials for all components.

The dependability of the new movement, enriched with an original oscillating weight visible through a sapphire crystal fitted in the caseback, is confirmed by the three-year guarantee issued by LOCMAN. The LOCMAN design department has opted to safeguard the same aesthetic that had originally made the Montecristo so successful and recognizable, while introducing some novel elements. Innovative technologies have made it possible to create a case from a single block including the triple-bar lug, while maintaining the use of innovative and totally non-allergenic materials such as titanium and AISI 316L steel.

The enamelled sunburst dial features the same tachymeter scale as previously on the inner bezel ring and displays three counters: chronograph minutes and hours counters at 12 and 6 o’clock respectively, with running seconds at 9 o’clock. Water-resistance tested to 10 atmospheres, the case of the Montecristo Chronograph 516 is fitted with a non-allergenic silicon or natural leather strap, or a steel bracelet.