Montblanc has presented a new collection of watches named Meisterstuck Heritage which is envisioned as a tribute to the brand’s legendary fountain pen. The flagship piece of the new collection is Perpetual Calendar piece which features one of the most cherished complications in the world of watchmaking. However, the fact that makes this automatic watch sensational is its price of just $12,800 for the version in a stainless steel case. This is by far the most affordable perpetual calendar timekeeper currently on the market. Montblanc made an additional version of the model in red gold which naturally costs a bit more – around $23,140. The release of the world’s cheapest mechanical watch with a perpetual calendar is set for this summer.
By far the Cheapest Perpetual Calendar
Perpetual Calendar is a feature that remains among the most desired in the world of watchmaking. However, since the creation of the feature requires a lot of skill, precision and man-hours, these watches are among the top niches when it comes to the pricing. Thus far, only the wealthiest of timepiece aficionados were able to acquire this kind of products. Montblanc is obviously trying to take advantage of this situation with its new creation which in basic version costs precisely 10,000 euros. This is a very significant reduction of the prices we usually see when it comes to timepieces with this complication. For example, Jaeger Le-Coultre presented its affordable perpetual calendar some time ago and this product captivated the attention of watch enthusiasts because of its low price of around $20,000 which is still substantially higher than the price of the upcoming Montblanc piece.
Silvery-White Face with a Traditional Outlay of the Calendar Indications
As it has been mentioned, the watch we are talking about is a flagship piece from the newly established Meisterstuck Heritage named after the Montblanc’s famed fountain pen which celebrates the 90th anniversary this year. The entire collection is meant to replicate the high level of craftsmanship featured in the legendary pen. Some of its visual features that are utilized throughout the series can be seen on Perpetual Calendar piece. Among them there are a cambered silvery-white dial with a sunray pattern, applied indices and a single roman numeral at the top of the face. When it comes to the specific face of Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar watch, we can notice that it features four sub-counters of its calendar feature which are positioned in a traditional manner. On the top, there is a month display which also serves to indicate four years of a leap year cycle. The left counter is used for days of the week, while the one opposite to it signifies the date. On the bottom part, as it is most commonly so, lays a moon phase display. The minimalistic dial likewise includes classical dauphine styled hour and minute hands and blue pointers used for the calendar.
A Smaller Round Case
This “affordable” timekeeper (this trait should be taken with a pinch of salt, since the watch is extremely cheap in its category, but still quite pricey) is set inside a round housing with alternating polished and satin-brushed finishes. The case is 39 mm wide and 10.24 mm thick and includes a knurled crown with the brand’s emblem in relief. On the front side, the watch features a fixed bezel that surrounds a cambered sapphire crystal with a double anti-reflective treatment. There is also a sapphire section on the rear side of the case of the timepiece whose water resistance measures to basic 30 meters. As for the attachment, the wristlet of choice is a black alligator strap with large reptilian scales which fastens with a pronged buckle in the material that matches the case.
ETA base with Dubois-Depraz Calendar Module
Inside the housing of Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar timekeeper with the reference number 110714, there is self-winding Calibre MB 2915 movement with flat hoop balance and a flat hairspring. This 38-jeweled movement with the operational frequency of 28,800 vph is made with ETA manufactured base movement which was enriched with the addition of Dubois-Depraz calendar module that enables the most important feature of this timekeeper. Like all perpetual calendar watches, the new Montblanc timekeeper will require the next adjustment at the beginning of the new century. If the watch is not worn or wound for some reason and it stops working, there is an option to adjust its calendar display by pressing the inconspicuous pushers on the side of the watch’s case. However, the calendar indications can be only moved forward. It is likewise important to note that the movement has a power reserve which lasts for 42 hours.
As it has been announced, Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar watch will hit the shops this summer. While the steel version will be sold for $12,800, the lavish red gold version will cost almost $20,000 more.