Sunday, November 20, 2016

MONTFORT STRATA

Young Swiss watch brand MONTFORT announces its debut line of timepieces dressed in Scratch resistant “Super Stainless Steel” case featuring 3D printed stainless steel dials and equipped with state of the art mechanical movement.

A truly innovative Swiss made watch, this new timepiece from MONTFORT was born when Philippe Kuratle, Co-founder of the brand decided to create a highly durable and scratch resistant watch that can handle extreme conditions involved in adventurous activities such as mountaineering and winter sports. To produce such an extraordinary watch, you need to select the harder materials for its exteriors and high precision and a reliable mechanical heart to control the timekeeping functions.
For the case the brand uses a highly scratch resistant super stainless steel created by employing modern technological advances. Thomas Kuratle, CEO of AIM SA and Philippe’s brother brings years of experience in hardening watch parts. His company co-developed alongside the Danish company Expanite A/S, the nitrocarburising technology that Montfort uses. This technology not only hardens Stainless Steel to a surface hardness of 1200HV (normal stainless steel has 140 – 200HV) but also preserves the anti-corrosive properties of Stainless Steel.
Jeremie Senggen, Co-founder and designer at MONTFORT wanted to integrate his and Philippe’s common passion for mountains in his watch design. Inspired by the Swiss-alp mountain range Jeremie designed a striking dial called ‘les massifs’, which closely resembles the mineral, crystalline structure of rocks. In order to produce the complicated ‘les massifs’ and Montfort’s reinterpretation of a watch industry classic the ‘Clous de Paris’ dials with apertures Montfort had to turn to 3D printing. AIM SA, MONTFORT’s technological partner worked with a Swedish company – Digital Metal to develop this unique dial.
Equipped with the Sellita SW200 Swiss Made automatic movement and dressed in a case measuring 44mm diameter, each timepiece is fitted with Sapphire crystal glass front glass with blue anti-reflective coating.

The self winding movement with black galvanic coating, blued screws and ‘Côtes de Geneve’ finishing on oscillating mass can be admired through the sapphire crystal caseback. Secured with an Italian leather strap, each timepiece is tested for a water resistance up to 100 meters.
MONTFORT has recently launched a Kickstarter campaign for funding the mass production of its first series of Swiss made automatic watches. The Kickstarter campaign allows all supporters of the project to buy the watch at 50% off the suggested retail price. The MONTFORT STRATA is available in 3 versions: Ref. 3330-1 « James », Ref. 3330-2 « Frank » and Ref. 3330-3 « BRUCE ».

Kickstarter link: https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/1811141403/montfort-watches-time-to-innovate

Technical details
Movement
Swiss Made Sellita SW200 automatic movement in black galvanic coating, blued screws, ‘Côtes de Geneve’ finishing on oscillating mass and 26 rubies
38 Hours power reserve

Models
1. STRATA Ref. 3330-1 « James »
44mm, 4-piece case in hardened “Super Stainless Steel”
Sapphire crystal glass (top and bottom) with blue anti-reflective coating
Water Resistance 100M/330ft (10ATM)
3D Dial ‘Clous de Paris’ apertured in stainless steel
Black, Semi matte Italian leather strap with black stitching and red ‘LORIC Black, Semi matte Italian leather strap with black stitching and red ‘LORICA’ lining –22/20mm
Kickstarter Price: USD 699
MSRP: USD 1’399

2. STRATA Ref. 3330-2 « Frank »
44mm, 4-piece case in hardened “Super Stainless Steel”, intermediary bezel with ‘deep black’ DLC coating
Sapphire crystal glass (top and bottom) with blue anti-reflective coating
Water Resistance 100M/330ft (10ATM)
3D Dial ‘les massifs apertured in stainless steel
Black, Semi matte Italian leather strap with red stitching and red ‘LORIC Black, Semi matte Italian leather strap with red stitching and red ‘LORICA’ lining – 22/20mm
Kickstarter Price: USD 799
MSRP: USD 1’599

3. STRATA Ref. 3330-3 « BRUCE »
44mm, 4-piece case in hardened “Super Stainless Steel”, intermediary bezel with ‘deep black’ DLC
Casebody, top bezel and back in ‘dark grey’ DLC coating
Sapphire crystal glass (top and bottom) with blue anti-reflective coating
Water Resistance 100M/330ft (10ATM)
3D Dial ‘les massifs apertured in stainless steel
Black, Semi matte Italian leather strap with red stitching and red ‘LORIC Black, Semi matte Italian leather strap with red stitching and red ‘LORICA’ lining – 22/20mm
Kickstarter Price: USD 899
MSRP: USD 1’799

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