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).
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.