OF FORM AND FUNCTION
Montblanc’s new Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time makes an ideal new travel partner for frequent flyers.
THE MONTBLANC Heritage Chronométrie Collection truly rocked SIHH 2015 earlier this year with offerings that ranged from highly acclaimed timepieces (who can forget the now famous ExoTourbillon timepieces?) to more affordable numbers that proved to be excellent bang for your buck. One of the pieces in this collection—the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time—has made it onto our top 10 list for the year, and when we tell you why, we bet it’ll be on yours too.
This watch is very much a timepiece for the business traveller who needs to juggle time zones easily and without any fuss. Function in form is key to describing the Dual Time because the watch allows the wearer to refer to two time zones simultaneously—at home and at the destination, for example.
A bold blue hand points towards the hour at the traveller’s home, or originating, time zone. The traveller can then set the second golden hour hand for the local time of his destination. This is done easily via the crown’s second position, which moves the hand either forwards or backwards in one-hour increments. Adjusting either hour hand does not affect the central minute hand, coloured in the same gold tone as the local time’s hour hand, or the small seconds indicated at six o’clock. As an added benefit, a simple adjustment via the beautifully signed crown also allows time changes for daylight savings.
In addition, a 24-hour sub-dial at 12 o’clock reminds the wearer if it is day or night back home. However, the date is synced to the local time of the destination—this helps the traveller keep track of dates as he moves across the International Date Line.
The watch is crafted in the elegant size of 41mm and slim enough, at 9.97mm, to slide easily under a suit or whitewashed cuffed sleeves. The silver pearlescent dial features a refined sunburst pattern that is mesmerising to look at, because it glowingly reflects light at different angles, as enhanced by a domed sapphire crystal. Indices are polished and faceted to match the style of the watch, while a prominent Arabic numeral 12 acts as the keystone. A polished steel case with a satinated bezel brings it all together effortlessly. Finally, the curved lugs on the watch handsomely hold a black alligator leather strap with a triple folding buckle, created at Montblanc’s very own pelletteria in Florence, Italy.
Manufactured in-house, the Dual-Time Calibre MB 29.19 was conceptualised and developed by Montblanc itself. The watch comprises an automatic movement with 42 hours of power on reserve and beats at a brisk 28,800bph.
By perfectly combining both form and function, the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Dual Time makes a perfect travelling companion, helping you keep track of time throughout your travels while offering a constant, steady reminder of home. We think you might want to get one before your next trip out.
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