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).
by Kyle Stults on January 30, 2014
This new Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar is among the most exciting new watches unveiled at this year’s SIHH. For one, it the capstone of the gorgeous new Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage collection. For two, it is a gorgeous perpetual calendar in both of its variations: 39mm rose gold or 39mm stainless steel case. And for three, the steel model will retail at just under $13,000. Yes that’s right — a high quality Swiss perpetual calendar is now truly within reach of collectors of more modest means. This watch is a star in my book — my criticisms nothwithstanding — so let’s take a closer look, shall we.
by Kyle Stults on January 29, 2014
Perhaps the most exciting segment of Montblanc’s 2014 portfolio is the new Meisterstuck Heritage collection. Meisterstück — German for Masterpiece — seems a fitting name (see “Did You Know” below for more). In fact these pieces — there are four of them being introduced — are among the highlights of all of SIHH 2014. And, like the legendary Montblanc fountain pen, these timepieces are distinguished by classic, elegant design and a high level of craftsmanship.
Let’s start now with a look at the new Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Pulsograph, a rose-gold cased beauty with a sunburst dial, pulsometer scale — and — one heck of a vintage-inspired manufacture monopusher column-wheel chronograph movement.
For 2014 Montblanc presents the most complicated timepiece yet in the Montblanc Villeret 1858 line-up, the ExoTourbillon Rattrapante. Montblanc’s Collection Villeret 1858 is its showcase for high end/high complication pieces. This wristwatch combines a split-second chronograph and Montblanc’s patented four-minute ExoTourbillon. The ExoTourbillon gets its name from its unique design: its pocket-watch sized balance wheel, in-house balance spring, lever and escape wheel oscillate outside the presence of the tourbillon carriage; on top is a graceful and “infinitely” curvacious bridge.
The new Montblanc TimeWalker Chronograph 100 is one of several exciting pieces from the maison this year. Montblanc is, by the way, under new leadership as well — it is former Jaeger-LeCoultre CEO Jerome Lambert’s first full year at the helm. With 1/100 second accuracy and similar color scheme, I immediately thought of the TimeWalker Chronograph 100 as a toned-down version of the ultra-exclusive (and uber pricey – ~$300k) Bi-Frequence 1000 which measures time to 1/1000 second.
by Kyle Stults on January 16, 2014
A step down from the brand’s exclusive new “Homage to Nicolas Riesussec” watch, Montblanc celebrates the 10th anniversary of its Timewalker collection with the all black TimeWalker Extreme Chronograph DLC. Montblanc notes the DLC (“diamond-like carbon” i.e. very impervious to scratches) as being of “Black 4″ quality i.e. very black. Yes it is. Available from Autumn 2014 and priced under 5k EUR, or $6,800 at current f/x (I’ll post actual USD pricing when I get it).
Montblanc TimeWalker Extreme Chronograph DLC
43mm bead-blasted steel case with DLC finish (14.5mm thick), automatic mechanical Montblanc caliber 4810/507 (a Sellita SW500 based-caliber), fitted on rubber-lined, reinforced cowhide strap
Also available in a gold-accent:
In 2014, Montblanc pays tribute to the great clockmaker and inspiration for the Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec collection with a new and very nice looking interpretation of his chronograph from 1821. The Montblanc “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec” chronograph faithfully replicates the details and colors as they appeared on the original “time writer”, but with materials and technologies of the modern day and age. The “Homage to Nicolas Rieussec” is a monopusher chronograph (at 8 o’clock on the side of the case) which indicates the time in two different time zones (a skeletonized hour-hand indicates the time in a second time zone), date (3 o’clock aperture), and has a day/night indicator (9 o’clock aperture). The timepiece will be manufactured in limited editions of 193 pieces (the # of yrs since Rieussec’s 1821 invention) in rose gold and 565 pieces in steel.
Here’s a quick preview of the new Star Twin Moonphase that Montblanc is introducing this year. This model is part of the brand’s moderately priced Star collection (watches in the ~$2,000-$5,000 range); given the moonphase, this one will be at the high end of the range. The watch has a 42mm x 12.7mm steel case. It features a dual moon phase indication (northern and southern hemisphere) and moon age indication at at 6 o’clock, as well as a date subdial at 2 o’clock. If you look close you can also see that the dial has a subtle wave-pattern to it which is in the same shape as the Montblanc star. The caliber was developed in collaboration with Dubois-Dépraz and is exclusively reserved for Montblanc.
An decent looking and priced watch, relatively speaking, though for me the style of the Star collection does not suite my tastes nor do watches focused heavily around moon phase complications. Look forward to more exciting watches to come from Montblanc this year.
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