Montblanc started as a pen-manufacturer, but has over the years developed a great taste and quality in the watch industry. Recently it became on of the brands under Richemont’s wide umbrella. To celebrate the 90th anniversary of Montblanc’s legendary Meisterstück fountain pen, Montblanc introduced its new Meisterstück Heritage collection, including the Perpetual Calender, Moonphase and the Pulsograph.
Joining this first-rate company of watches for 2015 is the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarrum, which features an in-house developed worldtime complication. Worldtimers are not all that uncommon, but they are notoriously tricky to get right.
The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum comes in a 41mm case – available in 18k red gold and stainless steel – with polished bezel and horizontal satin finishing on the sides. The lugs, which curve quite steeply, have the same treatment. Case thickness is around 12mm, which is a little on the thick side, but entirely acceptable, since the movement was not developed from scratch.
Setting the time is easy. The desired home city needs to be positioned at 6 o’clock, and this can be done by using the pusher at 8 o’clock. Afterwards, the wearer only needs to adjust the local hours and minutes using the crown. The hour and minutes, which are always linked with the day and night indicator and 24 time zones, will now show the correct local time and time of all 24 timezones. And when traveling to a new timezone, the wearer only needs to use the pusher to ensure that the new city that he or she is in is once again positioned at the 6 o’clock position. Everything else will automatically adjust itself and remain synchronized.
All of this is made possible by the self-winding calibre MB29.20. Earlier, I mentioned that the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Obris Terrarium has an in-house developed worldtime complication, and I say this because the base of the movement comes from Sellita, with the worldtime function being added using a module. The module, however, is developed completely by Montblanc, and from what we have heard, is not just a simple sandwich job. Rather, the complication is integrated into the movement, which could also explain why the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is just 12mm and not thicker, as some of the other watches with modular complications are. The MB29.20 beats at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 42 hours.
And, like the Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar before it, this new Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is also very attractively priced. In red gold, the watch will retail for around$17,000 (€13,900); and in stainless steel, the price is a very tempting $6,100 (€4,990).
externe bron door : Equwatch.com