The last 10 years or so, Montblanc has been working very hard to be taken seriously in the watch industry. They are world renowned for making iconic pens and accessories and are a benchmark in that area of luxury.
Montblanc is part of the Richemont Group which owns: A Lange & Sohne, Vacheron Constantin, Jaeger-LeCoultre, IWC, Panerai, Cartier and other fine Swiss luxury brands.
This year at SIHH 2014, Montblanc was one of the brands that the watch world was buzzing about.
One of the watches introduced this year at SIHH 2014 by Montblanc was the Meisterstuck Perpetual Calendar is 18k rose gold. At first glance, I immediately thought how much this looks like a Jaeger-LeCoultre. Then I took a closer look and realized that it’s got it’s own personality and charm that’s very much their own design language.
I love the delphine hands and hour markers, it’s very art deco. The rose gold 39mm round case is the color of a nice rose champagne. The dial is silver with contrasting subdials for the perpetual function which are a little too close together for me but nonetheless they are very legible and clean with nice dark black printing and steel blued hands for an other layer of depth and clarity.
The displacement for the moon phase is at the 6 o’clock position which is unusual and interesting. I am not at all offended by it, but I do feel it’s a little to close to the other subdials which provides symmetry and clutter at the same time. The Montblanc calibre MB 29.15 is ETA based with a dubois dupras module added for the perpetual calendar. In the last 5 or so years. Montblanc has been using Minerva movements. This would have made it much more expensive and unrealistic to attain. There is also a stainless steel version of this watch at the sticker price of $13,000 which is well priced for a perpetual calendar, which leads me to believe this 18k rose gold version is under $20,000.
Normally. I would tell a company like Montblanc to hang it up and keep doing what you do best and make pens and accessories, but after seeing this SIHH 2014, I am hopeful that Montblanc’s evolution is way beyond that and headed in the right direction as a respected luxury watchmaker.