Montblanc picked up where it left off, by adding a new timepiece to the Heritage Spirit line it introduced at last year’s SIHH 2014. This year, it shifts its attention to the world time function, but kept it clean and simple – and affordable – as it has done in the past. Here is, without a doubt, one of the best watches from this year’s SIHH.
The new Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum (from the Latin word for “Globe” and “Earth”) introduces the world time function by giving the wearer a bird’s eye view of Earth, with the North Pole at the center. It tells the hour in all 24 time zones, and keeps the dial legible, making it the perfect companion for men who travel.
Here the earth and its blue oceans are presented on a two-dimensional plane inside a 41 mm case; which fits in with the brand’s classical tones. The highlight though, is harder to spot at first. But lean in, and you’ll find a disc under the sapphire dial, that is half transparent and half dark to show where it is currently day and night on the planet, meaning the continents change color as the disc follows the earth’s rotation.
Local time is shown by the hour and minute hands, while “home” time is indicated by the city positioned at 6 o’clock. The watch is powered by the automatic caliber MB29.20, and features an in-house world-time module.
The new Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum is available in stainless steel ($6,300) or red gold ($17,500). And those prices has every one at SIHH 2015 talking, especially when you consider the in-house manufacturing.
Photo Credit: Haute Time. Watch this space for more information…