By Evald Muraj
Montblanc’s 2014 lineup was strong. Models such the Meisterstück Heritage Pulsograph, the Villeret 1858 Vintage Pulsographe and the Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar paved the way to a strong 2015. Montblanc also recently revealed its Orbis Terrarum Worldtimer with an in-house complication at a rather accessible price point. The new Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time draws from that same development process and introduces a dual-time complication.
The stainless-steel case of the Dual Time measures in at 41 mm x 9.9 mm. It has a modern dress diameter and is slim enough to easily slide under a cuff. A flat bezel, alternately polished and satin-finished balances the dressiness and everyday wearability of this model. Faceted lanced hour markers (the second time in blue) add solid aesthetics to the design. The dial is finished in a sunburst pattern with applied indexes and a numeral 12, all polished and faceted.
As we’ve said before, watch folk can be a picky bunch, so it’s only fair to mention that there’s definitely striking similarity between this Dual Time and JLC’s Master Home Time – but let’s call it a flattering nod at a new, attractive price.
The hour hand can be advanced without affecting the running seconds or minutes. This is thanks to the MB 29.19 (an automatic Sellita SW200 base), which beats at 28,800 for about 42 hours. Similar to the Orbis Terrarum Worldtimer, Montblanc added an in-house complication to its existing movement. We’re hoping that similar to the Terrarum, this complication isn’t modular, but integrated, with finishing that corresponds to that of other recent releases by the manufacture.
The new Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time continues to expand the watchmaker’s more accessible lineup with in-house complications such as the dual time and the world timer. The Chronométrie Dual Time is priced at $4,600 in steel with an alligator strap or $4,900 in steel with a matching steel bracelet. The model is also available in yellow gold for $6,400. That’s solid pricing for a heavily modified piece that comes from a manufacture that has been buzzing with pride and performance so far.
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