Montblanc continued their tradition of stunning the horology world with a fine quartet of their latest timepieces showcased at SIHH 2016. From affordable luxury to unprecedented elegance, there were a few key pieces from the show that got our little hearts (and wrists) racing.
The four stand out models from the show for us were the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Collection, the Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire Dial, the 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition 100 and the TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100.
Let’s take a closer look at each piece to get you acquainted with Montblanc’s finest.
Heritage Chronomètrie Annual Calendar Chronograph
First on our hit list is the Heritage Chronomètrie Annual Calendar Chronograph, a piece which offers extensive functionality in a traditional design with an asking price to match.
The watch features a stunning 42mm 18k rose gold case which houses the chronograph functions including the seconds, minutes, hours, day, date and month as well as a moon phase annual calendar.
The automatic chronograph movement is where the watch really takes centre stage though, with a combination of two complications invented by Patek Philippe – the 5960 and 5905 calibre. On the front dial you’ll find red gold-plated sword and blued baton hands whilst the strap is a premium alligator leather in black.
All of this will be produced in a sleek 18-carat rose gold edition retailing for $US20,700 or the steel for US$10,450.
Heritage Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 28
A limited piece calls for something truly unique. The Heritage Chronométrie Collection ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph is this very piece. With only 28 examples produced, the elegant contrast of black against red gold is truly the belle of the ball. The timepiece itself draws from Minerva’s legacy of chronometric innovation of chronometric innovation.
What does that mean? An automatic monopusher chronograph with 1-minute patented ExoTourbillon and stop-seconds mechanism housed in a 44mm 18k red gold case. And then there’s the bezel, set with 76 Top Wesselton diamonds to really amp up the glam factor.
On the face, the watch receives an Aventurine dial presenting the hours, minutes, seconds, date and chronograph. Decorations include a Montblanc diamond emblem contrasted against the red gold-plated sword hands. The black alligator leather strap finishes off the piece beautifully.
As mentioned the Heritage Chronométrie will be limited to just 28 pieces, so although there’s no official price tag, be prepared to pay a pretty penny for this exclusivity.
Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire Dial
Beauty exudes from this particular Montblanc piece which grabbed our attention through its marriage of traditional aesthetics and pure technical prowess.
The total package showcases the watch’s perpetual calendar complication through a dial covered by a smoky sapphire crystal – a very nice touch indeed. On the inside where the perpetual calendar indications sit, you’ll also find the moon-phase display. An automatic calibre looks after the hours, minutes, day, month and leap year enclosed in a 39mm 18k red gold case. Power reserve is set at 42 hours.
Like the other timepieces debuted by Montblanc from the show, the Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar Sapphire Dial receives an alligator strap in black. It will be priced at US$22,900.
Heritage 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue Limited Edition 100
This particular piece pays homage to the roots of its Manufacture in Villeret and is inspired by the legendary Minerva chronographs of the past. The name of the game is an elegant blue dial set in an exceptional historical shape that’ll satisfy the most avid traditionalists.
The movement is a manually-wound monopusher chronograph calibre which drive the hours, minutes, seconds and chronograph functions including the tachymeter scale. But let’s talk more about that cool dial first. It’s a beautifully finished blue with a sunburst pattern and luminescent indexes and Arabic numerals. The “cathedral” shape hands are rhodium-plated luminescent to make for superb contrast and time reading.
The stainless steel case is 44mm and features a finely appointed sapphire case back. Only 100 pieces of the Heritage 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Blue will be made. It will cost $37,800.
TimeWalker ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph Limited Edition 100
The very cool TimeWalker collection made a serious dent at this year’s SIHH. The ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph exudes pure performance through technology and is rightfully represented by the black, red and white colour combination.
The movement for this particular piece is Montblanc’s high-performance Manufacture Calibre MB R230, a complication consisting of a chronograph and an intricate tourbillon. Precision is also a defining factor of the watch with the movement’s stop-seconds mechanism directly halting the balance wheel – a design which allows the wearer to set the time precisely to the second.
The 44mm case is made of titanium, carbon fibre and black DLC which bodes perfectly with the black dial along with the white and red Arabic numerals highlighted in Super-LumiNova coating. The hands are aesthetically finished in Rhodium-plated luminescent lance-shaped and baton hands. The strap is alligator leather with contrast red stitching.
This particular model will be limited to just 100 pieces at $39,400 a pop.
Luc Wiesman is covering SIHH as a guest of Richemont Australia