LOCMAN's most important projects are developed within the iconic Locman collection, the Montecristo line: special series and prestigious editions produced in limited and numbered pieces, authentic collections devoted to those looking for something truly unique in watchmaking.
The mechanical hand-wound Lemania 1883 movement
is a technical evolution of the mechanism chosen by the NASA for the watch worn by Neil Armstrong, the famous astronaut who first set foot on the moon.
Equipped with a mechanical hand-wound 17-jewel 12’’’ (twelve-ligne) movement, with an Incabloc shock-absorbing system on the balance wheel and endowed with an approximately 40-hour power reserve, this historic movement is considered to be a real mechanical gem, sought after by collectors and fans all over the world.
Compared to the case of the Montecristo Classic, the design is renewed: the dimensions are smaller (from 44 to 41 mm in diameter), the lines are softer, the functionality is enhanced. The typical triple-bar lugs, which in the past editions were anchored, in Montecristo Moon form a single block with the case, greatly increasing the watch stability. Water resistance is guaranteed to 100 meters.
However, materials are the main innovative focus showcased in the Montecristo Carbon. For this exclusive special series, the engineers of the Italian School of Watchmaking (SIO) have opted for the exclusive LOCMAN full carbon material resulting from years of research.
It is worth recalling that LOCMAN, with the New Carbon model launched in 2003, was the world’s first watch company to produce a carbon fibre case.
Rattrapante movement, based on an ETA 7750 movement, is visible through a crystal pane set into the case-back.
For LOCMAN, the Montecristo Rattrapante represents another major step on the path towards innovation and movement development, undertaken in 2006 with the opening of the Scuola Italiana di Orologeria (Italian Watchmaking School).
The sophisticated and particularly complicated split-second mechanism is an evolved version of the chronograph capable of measuring two separate phenomena beginning at the same time but of varying durations. The large central seconds hand has its ‘double’ or alter ego, but the two are superimposed so as to look like just one. Activating the chronograph via the corresponding pusher at 2 o’clock sets both hands moving. Pressing the split-second pusher at 10 o’clock stops the lower hand and thus indicates a first time measurement.
Meanwhile, the other hand continues moving and can be stopped using the chronograph pusher. Restarting the split-second hand brings it instantly back to the chronograph hand and the two are once again perfectly superimposed.
The case, in AISI 316L steel and satin-finished titanium, is water-resistant to 10 atmospheres (100 metres).
The dial, with a sunburst effect, houses three counters and is framed by an enamel inner bezel ring stamped with the minutes.
Steel and titanium case and unique design with the typical triple-bar lugs and a flat glass: in 2016 celebrates the 30th anniversary of its founding and launches the Montecristo Anniversary Limited Edition, a prestigious mechanical chronograph with a ‘Swiss made’ movement (ETA Calibre 2894-2), produced in an exclusive numbered 300-piece limited edition.