Montblanc continue to astonish companion and foe, both with astounding timepieces, similar to the ExoTourbillon that we showed you this morning, and with valuable timepieces like the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time. A year ago Montblanc previously amazed each one with an interminable schedule at the cost of € 10k Euro and now they present the Dual Time for below €4k Euro. Again a competitive cost for a rich, and exceptionally valuable timepiece.
In these modern times, timepieces with complications like a second time zone or even a worldtimer (like Montblanc’s new Orbis Terrarum) are among our favorites. What’s more, there’s a properly good reason for that on the grounds that these complications can and WILL be utilized consistently. The new Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time is important for the Heritage Chronométrie collection, which comprises the new ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph and two new watches with a schedule complication (a yearly schedule and a complete calendar.)
A Traveler’s watch with a second time zone
The new Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time includes an additional hour hand and a 24-hour hand. The hardened steel hour and moment hand are to show the local time, though the blued steel hour hand demonstrates the home time. The 24-hour hand is connected to the local time, while the date is connected to the local time. Both are reasonable. When going you need to know whether it’s day or night at home, so you won’t inadvertently awaken your significant other or children during their precious hours of rest, when you call. You will know whether it’s day or night in your local time zone, basic by looking out the window. Indeed, this isn’t appropriate when you experience the ill effects of a serious stream leg or when going in the Nordic/Scandinavian countries.
When at home you can chose to “hide” the blue hand under the local time hour hand. This way the watch shows only the home time, which is by and large equivalent to your local time. When voyaging, you only need to pull the crown to the main position and change the treated steel hour hand to the time in your destination. When turning the crown, the local time hour-hand causes one-hour additions and you’ll to feel an unmistakable sensation. This won’t influence the timekeeping, as the second and moment hand continue to run when the crown is in the main position. In other word: the correct time will be protected, although the crown was pulled. At the point when you travel to a destination where it’s as of now “the next day” the date will switch when the local time hour-hand passes 12 o’clock.
Inside ticks a Montblanc type MB 29.19, which is indeed a Sellita SW300 type with a dual time zone module. The Sellita SW300 is an ETA 2892/A2 clone, which has consistently been considered the more refined ETA movement. Montblanc states that the module is developed in-house by Montblanc in Villeret, where the movement development group is now located. Like all timepieces from the Heritage Chronométrie collection (and Nicolas Rieussec collection, and TimeWalker TwinFly models) it will be exposed to the exacting 500 hours Montblanc Laboratory, which will be conducted in the fabricate in Le Locle. The module consists of only 21 components and is very thin. The overall stature of the 41 mm case stays under 10 mm and that’s something that we here at Monochrome truly like.
A thin case and an in-house… calfskin strap
As you can see, the bezel has a level surface that is polished and its side is glossy silk wrapped up. The rounded horns are also polished as is the side of the three-section case. With a width of 41mm and a thickness that stays below 10mm, the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time wears charmingly. A next, and in my eyes an extremely logical advance, of the integration that Montblanc’s CEO, Jerôme Lambert, is by all accounts seeking after, is the integration of the various skills of the Maison. The excellent dark alligator calfskin tie comes from the Montblanc Pelletteria produce, which is Montblanc’s own cowhide fabricate in Florence. Subsequent to making the Extreme Leather lash that is safe of water, abrasion and even fire, now ‘normal’ alligator calfskin ties from this own cowhide production will be used. Montblanc is one of not very many Swiss watch makes that can furnish their watches with calfskin ties of their own fabrication.
However, as you’ve seen on photos above, the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time also comes on a steel wristband. I favor a steel arm band on a sports watch, not on a traditionally styled watch like this Dual Time. However… I sort of burrow this steel wristband, as it’s also slim and because of the numerous connections, it’s inconspicuous to wear. It is in any event as comfortabel as the Rolex Jubilee wristband that is adulated for its comfort. You may think this a bold assertion, yet definitely, when you’re on the lookout for such a watch, do attempt the wristband. It may also be an astute choice when you live in a warm climate.
Stylish dial and markers
The shiny white dial includes a lovely sun-beam brushed completion and it’s adorned with eleven facetted applied files and an Arabic number 12. The hands are exemplary styled sword-molded hands; rhodium-plated hour-hand and moment hand, and a blued steel hour-hand for the second time zone, and another blued steel hand for the 24-hour home-time indication. At three is a little opening for the date and, as on all Heritage Chronométrie models, the crown bears a help etching of the Montblanc emblem.
Specifications and price
- Case: tempered steel, 41 mm in distance across, 9.97 mm thick, polished three-section case
- Movement: Montblanc type 29.19 (Selitta type SW300 + in-house developed dual time module), automatic winding, 42 hours of power save, 28,800 vph (4Hz)
- Strap: alligator calfskin lash, made by the Montblanc Pelletteria produce in Florence, on a hardened steel double folding clasp
The Montblanc Heritage Chromométrie Dual Time retails for € 3,990 Euro.