Stemming from the newly established Heritage Chronometrie collection of Montblanc which was introduced at the last edition of the Salon de la Haute Horlogerie in Geneva, new Dual Time timekeeper includes a very useful complication. It is especially convenient for people who travel a lot since it enables keeping track of the time in two time zones at a glance. Furthermore, it comes at the price of around $4,470, which makes it very affordable, considering its traits and the fact that the piece with a self-winding mechanical movement also has a very thin profile.
These days, various watchmakers often launch watches with very peculiar complications that are meant to distinguish that specific model and the manufacturer from the competition. However, as it is also very often the case, these timepieces and their supported features are not necessarily too useful. This cannot be said for the newcomer from the Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie collection, since it is supplied with a complication which is very useful, especially nowadays when people tend to travel a lot. The complication in question is a dual time feature which allows simultaneous representation of the current time in two separate time zones.
The display of time is also made in an intuitive way and it can be read effortlessly. While the local time is shown with the means of rhodium-plated silver-colored hands (which are by the way sword-shaped and double faceted, as it is the case with all of the models from the series), the hours in a home time zone are shown with a blue colored central hand. Additionally, there is an additional sub-counter at the top of the watch’s face which shows the time in a home time zone in a 24-hour format. This is another characteristic which can be very useful for the folks who often move through different time zones, since it enables the wearer to know whether it is night or day at home without additional computations which could lead to unnecessary confusion. As for the local time, the 24 hour format is not so important, since a simple look through a window will usually do the trick.
Additional indications that are shown on the face of the watch are a date display (which is set at the standard three o’clock position and which is attached to the local time zone), as well as a small seconds counter which sits at the bottom of the face and which gives a balance and a dose of symmetry to the dial. By the way, the dial is silver colored, just like its bar shaped applied hour markers and a single Arabic numeral at the twelve o’clock position. Apart from the majority of silver-colored features, there are also some blue accents. These are the mentioned home time zone hour hand, the pointer used at the upper sub-counter, as well as its assorted half that is meant to designate the part of a day when it is dark outside.
Another one of the functional and convenient characteristics of the watch is the manner in which one can switch through different local time zones. While the local hour hand is adjusted in increments of one hour, the second and minute hand continue to move independently. This is naturally very important, since it allows time-setting without impairing the accuracy. It should also be stated that the silvery white dial of the watch is embellished with a sunburst pattern which is yet another recognizable trait of the Heritage Chronometrie collection.
The Montbalnc’s newcomer is placed inside an elegant round housing made of steel. It comes with a fixed bezel and it displays alternating polished and satin finishes. The watch exudes a classic spirit and it is made in modest dimensions which will be befitting to any wrist. It is just 41 mm wide and it is also very thin with the height of just 9.97 mm. The slim profiled case includes a transparent sapphire section on the back side (sapphire is, naturally, likewise used for the front crystal) and it is water resistant to 30 meters.
Montblanc Heritage Chroometrie Dual Time bases its functioning on MB 29.19 caliber. While the brand states that the caliber in question is completely conceived, developed and made in its own facilities, some of the pundits argue that it is actually a caliber with Selita SW300 base which is enriched with an additional module that is used for the watch’s dual time feature. Be that as it may, there is no doubt that it is a self-winding type of movement which supports a power storage that lasts for around 42 hours and operates at the frequency of 28,800 vph.
The novelty with a dual time feature is available with two types of wristlets. The first one of these is a five-link bracelet made of stainless steel, while the second one is the brand’s proprietary leather one. Both of them are fastened by the means of a double folding clasp.