110 Years Of Guilty Pleasures

Montblanc celebrates their 110th anniversary with three exquisite pieces.

BY Leong Wong | Jul 5, 2016 | Feature

Ever since the creation of the first leak-proof revolutionary fountain pen, Montblanc has been making luxurious items from leather accessories to luxurious watches.

Furnishing an impeccable reputation as the maker of the best fountain pen in the world, which was first established in 1906 to a string of luxury goods and time pieces in Le Locle which started in 1997 during the early days of the mechanical watches revival. The Meisterstück was the first range of watches from Montblanc that was introduced at SIHH bearing all the hallmarks of the writing instrument Montblanc is famous for as well as its high quality and fine craftsmanship

Montblanc made a decisive move and bought the Fabrique d’Horlogerie Minerva SA and renamed the manufacturer  to Institute Minerva de Recherche en Haute Horlogerie in 2007 as they shift their game up a couple of notches. It was a calculative move to expand Montblanc’s watch making department and gain more independence as well as securing the necessary skills and making of the Haute Horlogerie of Minerva. The combination of the two divisions has created a perfect symbiotic existence for Montblanc as they can now manufacture, develop and design their very own, a luxury not many watch companies can entertain.

Over the years Montblanc’s talented watch makers have been flexing their dexterous fingers showing the horological world what they can do and do it competitively. With all the savoir faire applied to every single watch they produce, their craftsmanship and well designed movements, regardless the range are ensured of the best finishing of their class.

This year Montblanc celebrates its 110th anniversary with some of the most versatile timepiece displaying their finest craftsmanship and their attention to detail..

Montblanc 4810 Twinfly Chronograph 110 Years Edition
Unmistakably the 4810 Twinfly Chronograph 110 is a watch for the urban globe trotter. Those who are striking deals and making decision from around the world know keeping the time in different zones matter. The watch has everything you can ask for when it comes to tradition meeting the contemporary, the classic hand-turned guilloche exploding star pattern on the silvery white dial is a craftsmanship that comes from years of experience and skill. The hour makers are in red gold appliquѐ Roman Numerals dotted with Super-LumiNova and repeated on the hour and minute hands. There are two subdials, the globe with 24-hours day and night dial at 12 o’clock, the chrono minute counter and date indicator at six o’clock. The hour, minute and seconds hands are in red gold with Super-LuminNova; the central chrono seconds and the second time zone indicator are both in blue steel. For short burst of timing, there is the twinfly chronograph to keep you in check. The watch is powered by an automatic mechanical movement with 72 hours power reserve.

Montblanc  4810 ExoTourbillon Slim 110 Years Edition Asia
The design and details of the case and its matching hands are modern interpretation of a traditional aesthetic. With a traditional savoir faire on the art of watch making, the watch company flexes their artistic fingers and skills by creating a set of Masterpieces of three pieces with decorative dials featuring three different topographical map of the continents in one of each; Asia, Europe and North America in hand-painted enamel on the upper dials, and Cote de Geneve on the lower dial. The piece de resistance of grand complications, the ExoTourbillon is flying at 60 seconds a minute at six o’clock with a red arrowhead second indicator. The hands finished in Rhodium in a cut-out regate shape for hour and minute. A single applique rhodium plated Roman numeral ‘XII’ at 12 o’clock. The system that wound the mechanical movement in the watch is automatic with 50 hours of power reserve.

Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition

A pocket watch? And why not? Though it may seem a little archaic for this day and age, it is indeed quite appropriate for Montblanc’s 110th anniversary as it is inspired by 1906s, a time when pocket watches were a norm. The Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch is a modern take on it with the finishing of the case being the finest around. Upon holding it on your hand, you can instantly feel how it comfortably fits in your grip. At a push of a button just below three o’clock you can select the 33 cities within the 24 time zones with a red triangle at six o’clock on a white dial which compliment the globe in the centre. The central 24 hour and minute time can be adjusted via the crown at twelve o’clock which will also the turned the 24-hour sapphire crystal according to the day and night where you are and it’s indicated by a pair of gold hands. Underneath the large dial is an automatic mechanical movement and all is housed within a beautifully finished stainless steel case.