A Vi­tal Voy­age

Mont­blanc pays trib­ute to the trip that changed its course



This is cer­tainly true for Mont­blanc, which be­gan 110 years ago as a maker of func­tional writ­ing in­stru­ments. By the time it put out its first time­piece in 1997, Mont­blanc had mas­tered the engi­neer­ing and artistry of the per­fect foun­tain pen, and had ex­tended its ex­per­tise into men’s leather goods and fine ac­ces­sories. The Ger­man lux­ury house’s foray into watch­mak­ing, in­flu­enced by its Saxon her­itage, was not with­out the same mea­sured con­fi­dence present at ev­ery stage of its re­mark­able growth.

Mont­blanc has been pro­duc­ing tech­ni­cally bril­liant time­pieces ‒ the Ni­co­las Rieussec col­lec­tion comes to mind ‒ but part of its suc­cess is also due to its com­mer­cial sen­si­bil­ity of cater­ing to men who want good watches at bet­ter prices.

For its 110th an­niver­sary this year, Mont­blanc pre­sented sev­eral high com­pli­ca­tion and in­no­va­tive time­pieces across sev­eral events. The Her­itage Chronométrie Chrono­graph An­nual Cal­en­dar and the Time­walker Pythagore Ul­tra-Light Con­cept

(the light­est me­chan­i­cal wrist­watch in the world at just 14.88 grams) in­stantly be­came holy grails for col­lec­tors.

Mont­blanc also in­tro­duced more mod­est time­pieces that of­fer great value. Its 4810 col­lec­tion saw three new ad­di­tions that we’re con­fi­dent will find wide ap­peal as time­pieces men want to wear ev­ery day. The col­lec­tion, named for the height of the Mont Blanc moun­tain in the Alps, is best known for the unique dial fin­ish­ing that fea­tures an ex­plod­ing Mont­blanc star pat­tern guil­loché on the dial.

This year, the 4810 col­lec­tion was in­spired by travel, a way of cel­e­brat­ing the brand’s global out­reach ‒ from Ham­burg to all around the world. But that didn’t mean dis­pens­ing with func­tion­al­ity, which is prime im­por­tance to the brand. The Mont­blanc 4810 Or­bis Ter­rarum

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