The Locman Monte Cristo Collection
Montecristo island unexpectedly appears on the horizon as one looks out from the Island of Elba on clear days when the clouds are swept away by the north-westerly mistral, before vanishing again in the mists as soon as the wind turns. The mysterious profile of this legendary treasure island remains imprinted in the memory until the next time, a picturesque image evoking wild and wonderful places. It is to this concept of a pure, romantic setting that LOCMAN is dedicating its first mechanical self-winding movement modified in its own laboratories.
Special attention was devoted to creating the new oscillating weight, a decisive element in the automatic winding of the watch: built in a “heavyweight” alloy according to a patented design and coated with a black PVD treatment, the oscillating weight of the Montecristo ensures perfect rotation when the watch is placed on the wrist, even during less energetic daily movements. This approach serves to ensure a greater power reserve for the spring that thus efficiently sustains the operation of the watch throughout the night. The Montecristo is assembled, adjusted and controlled in the Locman laboratories by technicians and experts of the S.I.O., the Scuola Italiana di Orologeria (Italian Watchmaking School) founded by LOCMAN in 2006. The movement is visible through a crystal window in the case-back.
Montecristo is a powerful, rugged watch built on the basis of a complex technical project that resulted in the production of a timepiece featuring a totally unique and avant-garde design. The broad titanium and steel case, which is water-resistant to 10 atmospheres, nonetheless radiates a light, airy appearance thanks to an original play on alternating voids and solids: the three lugs, screwed to the titanium base of the case through a central bar, create a skeletonised effect that is echoed in the luminescent hands and the triangular perforations in the strap.
The dial, available in a choice of white or black with contrasting colourful finishing, is coated with a ceramic surface treatment and distinguished by an interior deflector bearing the hour-markers. The flat mineral glass, secured to the case by a nylon ring, is equipped with a magnified date window to facilitate read-off.
The perforated breathable rubber strap with folding clasp is fitted with a mechanism enabling the wearer to adjust it to size, thus avoiding the need to have this operation performed by the retailer or the parent company.
Montecristo, whether in the variations driven by a mechanical self-winding movement or the version with a quartz chronograph movement, is also available with an all-black case coated with a deep-black thin layer of composite ceramics, a state-of-the-art surface treatment system that is extremely resistant to shocks and wear.