Short Takes: new Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum

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Montblanc releases the new Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum with a new dial color variation in shades of grey and rose gold. Orbis Terrarum comes from Latin, meaning “globe”, “earth”, and “world” giving the inspiration for the worldtime complication. The worldtime function is simple to set, read and use indicating all 24 time zones at a glance and shows whether the cities are in the daytime or nighttime.

Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum

Watches 22 StarLegacy Orbis Terrarum – 128675

The Case and Dial

Sized at 43 mm, the Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum is generously proportioned for maximum visibility of the complicated dial. The watch also measures 13.84 mm thick, and has a water resistance of 50m.

Using a pump pusher to set the GMT, the watch is also equipped with an onion crown for a classic look. Traditional case finishing is adopted, with polished concave bezel, lugs, and contrasting satin finished mid case.

While travelling, the timepiece is easy to set thanks to a single pusher. The dial is composed of an upper sapphire crystal rotating disc with applied 3-dimensional rose gold-coated cut-out Northern Hemisphere map and meridians surrounded by a ring depicting the 24 cities of the 24 timezones.

The lower dial disc, in varying shades of grey, displays the day/night indication, while also showing the 24 hours of the different time zones. Note the interesting guilloché pattern on this disc under the continents, that has been developed in-house. It does not only represent the passage of the sun, but also the world’s seas and oceans.

The Movement

Powering the watch is the MB 29.20 calibre, a self-winding movement beating at 28,800 vph with 42 hours power reserve. The movement is based on the Sellita SW350-1 with a modified worldtime module. Modest machine finish is used on the movement plates and bridges, a step above entry level ebauche movements but a great distance away from Minerva level hand finishing.

Concluding Thoughts

The new Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum is a more classic design with Starwalker, Meisterstuck design cues like the onion crown and step lugs. It is an alternative to the Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum that uses sharper lines on its case with less chamfered edges. The watch is priced at US$‌7000.


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