Perpetuelle readers know that big horological things have been happening at Montblanc for several years now. For just one example, take a quick trip back to 2010 when Montblanc turned heads with its Metamorphosis complication watch (and Perpetuelle was new the watch blogging scene, too!). Looking back on it, the name ‘Metamorphosis’ was all too apropos for what was and is underway at Montblanc, but this is really a story for another day. Right now you can enjoy a look at the new Montblanc Metamorphosis II, one of the most complex movements ever developed and designed in Montblanc’s manufacture workshops in Villeret.
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Perpetuelle presents the highlights of Montblanc’s 2014 collection as presented at SIHH 2014. Montblanc, under leadership of former Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Jerome Lambert, put forth a stellar lineup. The new Meisterstuck Heritage collection was unexpected and looks to be a new brick in the Montblanc foundation with huge promise and potential. Big year for Montblanc, the manufacture certainly exceeded many expectations!
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Last but by no means least in the 2014 Montblanc collection is the Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase. Offered in 39mm rose gold or steel case, it shares the aesthetic codes of the Meisterstück Heritage collection: the narrow bezel (rounded and polished), the caseband with a soft horizontal satin finish to it, the slightly cambered dial with a sunburst pattern, and the faceted, applied indices and an applied Roman numeral XII. Marking this piece’s unique flavor is its moonphase aperture combined with a date indicator, located at 6 o’clock. Automatic mechanical caliber, visible through a sapphire display back. Price will be around 11,500 euros ($15,500 at current f/x) in rose gold and a very attractive 3,490 euros ($4,750) in stainless steel.
If the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar is the capstone of the new Meisterstuck Heritage collection, then the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Date is its foundation. This basic 3-handed watch + date delivers core functions in an elegant and understated form. It is only 9.7mm thick, with a 41mm diameter and a nice case featuring polished and brushed (see image below). The large blued second-hand is a nice touch of color against the silver sunburst dial and what is essentially a monotone dial. The movement is an automatic mechanical, visible through the caseback. The Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Date Automatic will be available starting in the summer of 2014 with a retail price of 2,090 EUR (about $3,000 at current f/x).