ALWAYS AND FOREVER
Simply an affordably priced Major Complication.
Simple, elegant and very accessible is the Montblanc Heritage Meistertuck Perpetual Calendar.
EASILY ONE OF THE BIGGEST STORIES from the Swiss watch industry this year came out during SIHH 2014. The story is that of the Montblanc Heritage Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar.
What Montblanc essentially brings to the watch enthusiasts and collectors is a full perpetual calendar complication in a steel watch. However, that offering alone may not be sufficiently noteworthy. The juggernaut of news by Montblanc is actually the coupling of this watch along with a relatively low and unheard of price tag of RM42,000. One has to top up about 50 percent of this sum to find another worthy Swiss watch from a reputable maison that comes with a similar complication.
As we take a step back from the distractingly affordable price tag, we begin to observe the watch with an outlook that ensures it fits well with the other offerings in the Meisterstück line of watches and products. For sure, the watch ties in with the Meisterstück pens the brand is so famous for. Within the clean, almost Teutonic aesthetic of the dial resides the perpetual calendar sub dials and indicators typical of a Quantième Perpétuel timepiece. All of them, including a leap year indicator, are placed upon a handsome silvered sunburst dial. The case is a sufficiently sized and dressy 39mm in diameter and a not-too-thick 10mm in height. And you can expect the watch to contain 42 hours of power reserve, topped up via an automatic rotor.
Inside the modular construction of the watch, a highly dependable Dubois Dépraz calendar module resides and latches onto the base Montblanc MB29.15 movement. The full perpetual calendar comes with a moon phase display and one can activate the pushers at the side of the case to adjust the indicators with relative ease. A perpetual calendar complication is considered to be one of the four major complications in Swiss watchmaking due to the difficulty in execution. With the said indicators and sub dials, this watch can track not only the time of the day but also the current day, month, year and also leap year.
On a side note, for those who crave precious metals and want something that is a bit more luxurious, the watch does come in a rose gold case. That version is also attractively priced at just RM70,000.
Ultimately the Montblanc Heritage Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar is not a perfect watch. But we cannot turn away nor can we ignore it. The timepiece is a stunning achievement to bring a mechanical perpetual calendar down to this price level, especially for a reputable Swiss watch brand. For that, we must thank Jerome Lambert, the CEO of Montblanc. As collectors of all things horological, this is an irresistible offer that one finds hard to refuse. And we do not deny excitedly placing our attention upon Montblanc with the expectation to see even more pleasant surprises in the future.
Top: Montblanc Heritage Meisterstück Perpetual Calendar in gold.