All of the amazing timepieces that were awarded at the recently held The Geneva Watchmaking Grand Prix are undoubtedly amazing products with exceptional qualities and almost impeccable functioning. And though all of these models have a great appeal to dedicated watch enthusiasts, their prices matches the quality, and thus puts them outside the reach of an “ordinary” person. However, there is a single category which is somewhat different. The award in question is the “Petite Aiguille” Prize (or translated in English “Small Hand”). This specific accolade is given to the best product with a retail price that is lower than 5,000 Swiss francs, or approximately $5,450. This year’s winner of the “watchmaking Oscar” for a reasonable priced product is the Montblanc Star Worldtime GMT Automatic.
As its name reveals, this timepiece has a special appeal to people who tend to travel a lot, or for business purposes, and for those who need to be aware of the current time in a different time zone. It is a self-winding mechanical timepiece that displays the time in every single one of 24 standard time zones.
The wristwatch by Montblanc naturally has many good traits, and the simplicity and user-friendliness are among the top ones. Each of the product’s functions is controlled with a screw-down crown, situated at the three o’clock position. Three different positions of the crown correspond to different functions. When its crown is in the unscrewed position, it can be used to adjust the flange used to indicate time zones. Turning the crown in the opposite direction is the way to manually wound the movement. When the crown is pulled to the second of three positions, it resets the date and controls the position of the GMT hand, if the wearer turns it in the opposite direction. Once the crown is in the third position (extracted to the maximum), it is used to adjust the hour and minute hand.
The automatic movement of the watch is constantly connected with the hour hand which tells the time in the wearer’s current time zone. The GMT that has a red arrow-shaped tip is shorter, and it moves along the smaller inner ring on the dial that is divided into 24 sections, so it would be easier to tell whether it is day or night in the other time zones. The ring on the outer part of the dial simultaneously shows the time in each of the standard time zones.
The Innovative Patented Winding System
This way of adjusting the watch is enabled by the innovative patent-protected system. In a nut shell, this means one can adjust all the indicators with the single winding system. Furthermore, it can break the connection between the mechanism and the world-time indication. The option to do so is significant because the movement continues to run, even when you adjust the watch to the current time-zone. For this reason, the adjustment of time zones does not compromise the accuracy.
The innovative mechanical mechanism has the frequency of 28800 vph and includes a power reserve of 42 hours. It is housed in a mid-sized circular stainless steel case, with the diameter of 42 mm and the thickness of 12.6 mm. The product from the Star collection of Montblanc Watches (with the reference number 106464) is made with the guilloche dial. There are two available variations of it. The version with the black dial is paired with the same-colored alligator leather strap, whereas the model with the silver dial includes a steel bracelet. Both types of straps fasten with folding buckles. Besides, the construction of Montblanc Star Worldtime GMT Automatic Watch enables water resistance to 30 meters. The best product in the category of reasonably priced watches features the retail price of $4,600.