Montblanc, a firm which has in this century developed a niche of historical homage, set its horological sights on a far-flung peak to design its newest watch. The result is the Star Legacy Suspended Exo Tourbillon Skeleton The Ascent LE, a highly visual timepiece that honors the first climbing of the company’s namesake: Mont Blanc.
Shelley may have beaten the firm to the punch by a couple of hundred years in terms of poetic representation of said mountain, but the watch’s lyrical approach harkens back to the gentlemen who beat Shelley to scaling it in any fashion at all: Jacques Balmat and Michel-Gabriel Paccard, who, funded by Horace Bénédict De Saussure, hiked to the peak in the summer of 1786.
The watch features a 44.8mm case in 18k white gold, a hand-engraved dial with the adventurers and their stolidly majestic quarry represented in 18k gold. Montblanc’s house tourbillon, the Exo, can be openly seen driving the watch.