At the 2014 Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) Montblanc amazed us all with the presentation of a perpetual calendar that was evaluated rather competitively. With amazing old style design, it looked much the same as 1,000,000 bucks, while its value begins at around € 10,000 Euro for the treated steel variant. With that sticker price it was basically the most moderate perpetual calendar available today. In 18K red gold it is around €17k Euros and now there’s another form, again in red gold, anyway with another dial. That new dial is made of smoked sapphire gem it looks totally wonderful. Let’s have a more critical glance at the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar with Sapphire Crystal Dial.
The new Perpetual Calendar with sapphire precious stone dial is in fact precisely equivalent to different models, anyway every stuff, switch, cam, and so forth is noticeable for the viewing pleasure of anyone passing by (and gain from!). The smoked sapphire gem dial likewise shows exactly how present day a traditionally styled perpetual calendar can look, and how beautiful the hand-completing of the multitude of perpetual calendars parts really are. The perpetual calendar module is created by Dubois-Depraz, a long-standing and very much regarded name for modules of different complication including calendar complications and chronographs. The development is a ‘standard’ Selitta SW300, which is comparable to the renowned (yet today not accessible any longer for anybody outside the Swatch Group) ETA 2892/A2, the previous top ‘standard’ development that was utilized by IWC, Omega and numerous others, as a thin and very solid movement.
Through the smoked sapphire gem dial you can see the straight brushed completion on the level surfaces of the different switches, springs and cams, and how all cog wheels collaborate. The edges are slanted and cleaned; another indication of very good quality watchmaking. Here at Monochrome, we surely appreciate a traditional, discrete and downplayed watches. Anyway when you see as much as this on/through a dial, it becomes an exercise in watchmaking, and that’s something that we likewise love. Furthermore, that’s precisely what Montblanc has accomplished with this exquisite perpetual calendar!
The measurements are just about as exemplary as the dial format. The Montblanc Heritage Spirt Perpetual Calendar with Sapphire Dial estimates 39 mm in breadth, and is 10.27 mm thick (which isn’t thick for a perpetual calendar!) Due to the short and descending slanting hauls, the watch sits totally on the wrist and wears comfortably. This is the means by which a decent, exemplary measured watch should look on the wrist!
The signs are (clockwise) from: year of the year and jump year, date at 3 o’clock, moon stage at 6 o’clock and at 9 o’clock is the day of the week sign. The focal dauphine formed hands are 18k red gold plated and the calendar hands are all blued.
NOTE: After the underlying presentation in 2014 Montblanc changed the name of this watch and its assortment. Initially the perpetual calendar was presented as Heritage Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar, anyway not long before this year’s SIHH Montblanc changed the name to Heritage Spirit collection.
The Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar with Smoked Sapphire Crystal Dial retails for € 20,300 Euros including 21% VAT.
- Case: 18k red gold, 39 mm in distance across, 10.27 mm thick, water impervious to 30 meters, 18 mm between de hauls, arches sapphire gem with against intelligent covering on the inside
- Dial: smoked sapphire gem, applied red gold-plated indices,
- Movement: Montblanc type MB 29.15 (base Selitta SW300), 42 hours power hold, 28,800 vph, 25 jewels
- Indications: hours, minutes and perpetual calendar with moon stage, day, date, month and jump year
More data at the Montblanc site here.