January 25, 2015
In 2015 Montblanc will add to its new Heritage collection with the new Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum, a world time with a day and night display. The first pieces in the Heritage line debuted very positively in 2014, so it is only natural that we see Montblanc coming building on this initial success in 2015.
The world time function on the Orbis Terrarum (translates literally as “globe Earth” aka”world”) functions like a “typical” world time watch you might have experienced or seen before. The push button at 8 o’clock advances the hour hand in one hour increments, along with the 24 hour disc which enables the wearer to read the time in any of the 24 time zones shown on the cities disc.
A bit more uncommon is the day/night display for the world map. It relies upon a system of two sapphire discs, properly aligned so as to indicate day/night across varies parts of the world as time passes. This general concept is not unlike that employed by Vacheron Constantin with its Patrimony Traditionelle World Time, though of course in a simpler (i.e. less expensive) manner.
This piece is presented in a 41mm case size, offered in both steel and rose gold. Price point is just under 5,000 EUR for steel/strap, which should put this piece at under $10,000 in the US. This keeps with the brand’s strategy for the Heritage collection which offers desirous complications at accessible price points (“below” the Villeret 1858 and Nicolas Rieussec collections).
words by Kyle Stults