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Montecristo Moon - Locman Italy

The path of research and experimentation upon which LOCMAN embarked more than 30 years ago began with the presentation of the first Montecristo collection, equipped with a Swiss made mechanical self-winding movement housed in an Elba briarwood case. Today, the company headquartered on the Tuscan island takes another major step forward that faithfully expresses its innovative vocation, consistently matched by extreme attention to tradition.

LOCMAN is broadening the range by presenting the Montecristo Moon, a watch with an historical soul and an up-to-the-minute design. Thanks to the technical competencies of the Scuola Italiana di Orologeria (Italian Watchmaking School), LOCMAN has succeeded over time in tracking down 300 historical Lemania 1883 movements and decided to produce a limited series of watches dedicated to the legendary island of MONTECRISTO.

Lemania is a historical Manufacture founded in Switzerland in 1884 by the famous watchmaker Alfred Lugrin, who was duly recognized for the excellent quality of his movements by gold medals awarded at both the Milan World’s Fair in 1906 and the 1914 Swiss National Exhibition in Bern. Across a history spanning more than a century, Lemania created a range of extraordinary movements, such as Calibre 1873 which was chosen by the NASA in 1962 for the watch worn by Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut who first set foot on the moon.

A technical evolution of this movement has resulted in the mechanical hand-wound 1883 chronograph calibre. This movement laid a milestone of excellence in the history of mechanical watchmaking; it has been fitted in models by the most prestigious brands and has acquired particular value since production of Lemania-branded movements ceased following its acquisition by a Swiss watch group. These historical movements are now considered authentic mechanical gems that are sought after by collectors and passionate enthusiasts the world over. Lemania 1883 is a mechanical hand-wound 17-jewel 12’’’ (twelve-ligne) movement, equipped with an Incabloc shock-absorbing system on the balance wheel and endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve.

Compared with the case of previous editions in the Montecristo collection, the design has been updated, with a smaller size (reduced from 44 mm to 41 mm in diameter) and softer lines, further highlighting the functionality. With the Montecristo Moon, the characteristic triple-bar lugs that were screwed in on the previous editions, now form a single block with the case, thereby significantly improving the stability of the watch. Water resistance is guaranteed to 100 metres.

The extremely hard and transparent watch glass with sapphire treatment facilitates immediate readings of the chronograph type dial with its four counters, moon phases and tritium-enhanced luminescent hands. The satin-brushed titanium case-back is fitted with a crystal providing a stunning view of the Lemania 1883 movement in all its mechanical splendour.