Mont­blanc Her­itage Or­bis Ter­rarum

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The Mont­blanc Her­itage Spirit Or­bis Ter­rarum may be a mouth­ful to say, but it can be more suc­cinctly de­scribed: ex­cep­tional. To ex­pand, it’s an ex­cep­tional watch in many ways. Made to ex­act­ing stan­dards, this World Timer watch, pow­ered by an in-house de­vel­oped com­pli­ca­tion, is im­me­di­ately eye-catch­ing. It some­how man­ages to be an un­der­stated yet strik­ing al­liance of el­e­gant di­men­sions, vivid colours and qual­ity ma­te­ri­als. The case band and lugs in brushed steel con­trast nicely with the pol­ished bezel and it mea­sures in at 41mm in di­am­e­ter, 12mm in thick­ness. The crown bears the fa­mous Mont­blanc logo and has a nice feel to the func­tion, as does the World Timer city disc pusher at 8 o’clock. When pressed this ad­vances the sap­phire city disc and a se­cond sap­phire disc adds a touch of vis­ual po­etry, dis­play­ing in ei­ther light blue or dark blue which time zones are in day­light and which are cloaked by night. Your home city is dis­played at 6 o’clock and in to­tal the watch shows 24 cities in 24 dif­fer­ent time zones. The watch move­ment is Mont­blanc’s MB29.20 cal­i­bre, based on a Sel­lita, with an in-house de­vel­oped com­pli­ca­tion. Its fine fin­ish­ing can be clearly ap­pre­ci­ated via the trans­par­ent case back. Aside from all the other fine at­tributes that led me to choose this watch as a favourite from the fair, the price point is im­por­tant. Mont­blanc cre­ates watches that range from €2,000 up to €250,000, and as spec­tac­u­lar as the top end cre­ations from the Mont­blanc Villeret Man­u­fac­ture are, the Or­bis Ter­rarum has broader ap­peal with its €4990 price tag… se­ri­ously im­pres­sive for a World Timer with this level of fin­ish­ing. Pric­ing is a del­i­cate art and cus­tomers are sus­cep­ti­ble to all kinds of strate­gies de­ployed by ven­dors of any prod­uct. A com­mon heuris­tic tech­nique fo­cuses on price ver­sus qual­ity. Is a low price to be per­ceived as low qual­ity or great value? Typ­i­cally in the lux­ury sec­tor, a prod­uct’s price is based more on what peo­ple are pre­pared to pay, than on the cost of pro­duc­tion. Watch brands en­joy a healthy mark-up on their goods… so much so that this watch re­ally stands out as both qual­ity and value. Very few ri­val watch­mak­ers can of­fer a World Timer of this stan­dard at this price. So, it’s one thing to be blown away by the grande com­pli­ca­tions and their price tags in the hun­dreds of thou­sands… but they are not gen­uinely cov­etable for the vast ma­jor­ity of watch lovers for the sim­ple rea­son that they will for­ever be an un­re­al­is­tic pur­chase. The love will al­ways be un­re­quited… those won­drous beauties will never grace your arm. But the Her­itage Spirit Or­bis Ter­rarum – it’s within reach. It’s not im­pos­si­ble to imagine hav­ing din­ner or at­tend­ing a glam­orous event in its com­pany. And this is just one of many note­wor­thy pieces from Mont­blanc’s re­cently launched col­lec­tions. Hav­ing taken the helm in 2013, the CEO Jérôme Lam­bert is clearly an able cap­tain, steer­ing the Ham­burg-brand to two widely ac­claimed SIHH events in a row. NR

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