AL­WAYS AND FOR­EVER

Sim­ply an af­ford­ably priced Ma­jor Com­pli­ca­tion.

Esquire Malaysia Watch Guide - - Contents - Words by Re­mus Ng

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.

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