If you’re following me on Instagram, you’ll know I’m currently in Hong Kong for Watches & Wonders, an annual exhibition into its second year, made up of 13 horological houses showing their best and the brightest. And while I haven’t exactly checked out all 13 pavilions yet, the timepieces I’ve seen so far from the likes of Cartier, IWC and Van Cleef & Arpels are actually truly wonderful.
And then there’s the star timepiece from Montblanc, the Metamorphosis II that’s all kinds of amazing. Crafted entirely by hand and made up of over 746 mechanical movement components (just look below for a condensed cross section), the easiest way to describe this beauty is this. It’s a watch with two faces. It is first a classical timepiece, with the face showing hours, minutes and dates. ‘Open’ it and it reveals a chronograph face with all new functions, with the kicker being how it ‘transforms’ from one face to another with just the aid of a slide on the left side of the face.
It is also the kind of watch I personally adore, given that it ticks all my boxes as far a timepiece is concerned. Copious amounts of gold? Check. A wide enough face that measures 52 mm because I’m not big on tiny watches? Check. Also, it’s thick, chunky and finished off with a luxurious leather strap? Check, check, check. But the most appealing feature besides its obvious good looks and the way it functions has got to be the fact that there are only 18 made, a true limited edition that’s also a tribute to Montblanc’s watchmaking heritage that spans 150 years.