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by Robin Lim on January 22, 2016

In last year’s SIHH, we saw the inception of Mont Blanc’s Heritage Chronometrie collection. We have reviewed some of the watches in the collection, such as the Ultra-Slim and the Dual Time Vasco Da Gama Limited Edition 238, and they yielded positive sentiments among the editorial team. 

This year, Mont Blanc has decided to add two more new models into this incredible collection: one with an in-house manufacture date complication, and another that features both the annual calendar and a chronograph.

 

Heritage Chronométrie Collection Twincounter Date

The Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Twincounter Date, featuring a new in-house movement.

The Montblanc Heritage Chronometrie Twincounter Date, featuring a new in-house movement.

The first watch that we have here is the new Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Collection Twincounter Date, a dressy timepiece that features both the date and the subsidiary seconds hand function.

The Twincounter Date, notably, features Montblanc’s Caliber MB24.23 automatic movement. It is an in-house movement that features a date display, and a power reserve of approximately 38 hours. One point to note would be the watch’s twin sub-dials: one features the date indicator, and the other is fitted with a subsidiary seconds counter. We think that this is a nice touch, as it makes the watch looks more symmetrical and balanced. Interestingly, this dial layout was inspired by Minerva Chronograph’s in the 1950s, in which the use of a double chronograph counter was popular.

At 40mm, we think that the Twincounter Date is sized rather nicely. The stainless steel timepiece is paired with a silver sunburst dial, and it is fitted with an alligator strap that is made by Montblanc Pelletteria. The watch is priced reasonably at €2,850, and we feel that it is an appropriate choice for someone who wants to own a dressy and well-built luxury timepiece without burning a large hole in their pockets.

 

Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel

The Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel, which features both the chronograph and annual calendar complication.

The Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel, which features both the chronograph and annual calendar complication.

Next up, we have the Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel. This, incidentally, is the first time that Montblanc has produced a timepiece that features both the annual calendar and chronograph function.

At the first glance, it seems like the entire timepiece is a little convoluted. This is not surprising, considering that the four sub-dials are fitted with both the indicators for the chronograph and the annual calendar complications. But Montblanc differentiated the functions brilliantly using different colored hands: blue for the chronographs, and gold for time-keeping and the annual calendar functions. Not only does that help in the functionality of the timepiece, but it also gives the timepiece some contrast.

The Chronograph Quantième Annuel is fitted with Montblanc’s MB25.09. This is an automatic movement, which features the above-mentioned complications and a power reserve of approximately 42 hours. The annual calendar can be adjusted via the four correctors on the case, using a special Montblanc pin that is delivered together with this timepiece.

This 42mm is currently available with a red gold case, and it is paired with a beautiful alligator strap that is similarly produced by Montblanc Pelletteria. The Chronograph Quantième Annuel will retail at €18,900.

 

For more information on the above-mentioned timepieces, please visit Mont Blanc

 

Technical Specifications:

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Collection Twincounter Date

Movement Calibre: MB 24.23
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, date by hand
Number of rubies: 31
Power reserve: Approx. 38 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Displays: Hours and minutes in the centre, small seconds at 9 o’clock, date
indicated by hand on a subdial at 3 o’clock

Case: Stainless steel; polished case, polished & satin-finished bezel
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, flat and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: Stainless steel with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: 40mm (Diameter), 9.85mm (Height)
Water-tightness: 3 bar
Crown: Stainless steel with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
Dial: Silvery-white dial with sunburst pattern, facetted indexes, Arabic numerals “6 & 12” as red gold-plated appliqué, red gold-plated sword hour-hand and minute-hand, blued date-hand, blued small secondhand
Wristband: Black alligator-skin strap crafted in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with stainless steel triple folding clasp

Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

 

Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel

Movement: Calibre MB 25.09
Type of movement: Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph function, annual calendar with moonphase display
Number of rubies: 42
Power reserve: Approx. 42 hours
Balance: Flat hoop
Frequency: 28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
Hairspring: Flat
Displays (Watch): Hours and minutes in the centre, small second counter at “12 o’clock”, month by hand at “9 o’clock”, day by hand at “6 o’clock”, date by handat “12 o’clock” and moonphase display by hand on a subdial at “3 o’clock”
Display (Chrono): 30 elapsed minutes and 12 elapsed hour counters
Special features: Easy adjustment of calendar functions; individual correctors for each function to be set with a dedicated pin delivered with the timepiece

Case: 18 K red gold (5N); polished case
Crystal: Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal
Back: 18 K red gold (5N) with inset pane of sapphire crystal
Dimensions: 42 mm (Diameter), 13.83 mm (Height)
Water-tightness: 3 bar
Crown: 18 K red gold (5N) with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
Dial: Silvery-white dial with sunburst pattern, facetted indexes, Arabic numeral“12” as red gold-plated appliqué, red gold-plated sword hour hand and minute-hand, red-gold plated annual calendar hands, blued
steel chronograph hands
Wristband: Black alligator-skin strap crafted in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with 18 K red gold (5N) pin buckle

Certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500

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