Exactly the same “Sfumato” blue alligator strap is included together with the Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph and it matches the dial color scheme as well here as it does on the less expensive Star Legacy Automatic Chronograph. Though the two watches in this release are extremely different, there’s a certain familial resemblance between the two out of the usage of blued hands, the rather unique railroad minute track, and decorative elements of guilloché. For those who still consider Montblanc as a pen company free of business in the world of haute horology, the new tier of merchandise made at their Minerva facility should alter your thoughts and also the Montblanc 1858 Chronograph Tachymeter Limited Edition 100 is a fantastic example. Cased in bronze and with an odd “salmon” colored dial, this really is really a vintage-styled watch with a very real lineage from the brand’s historic mill in Villeret.Montblanc has been enjoying a renaissance as a watchmaker since it obtained Minerva in 2006, a fabrication in Villeret, Switzerland, that has been in operation since 1858. Montblanc also have a relatively young and modern watchmaking factory in Le Locle which was in operation since 1997. Originally, both factories produced their own styles of watches to the brand; contemporary and available pieces from Le Locle, and hand-finished, haute horology pieces from Villeret.
Conceived to be classically styled and reasonably priced, the Montblanc 4810 line-up was unveiled last year and now sees three new additions. The 4810 Dual Time is an entirely new model and also the simplest of the trio.
Equipped with the same in-house twin time zone module as found on the 4810 TwinFly Chronograph, the 4810 Dual Time is a straightforward, with a pair of hour hands showing two time zones. The local time zone can be set backwards and forwards in one-hour steps, while the home time display is linked to the day and night indicator at 12 o’clock. While the time zone module is in-house, the base movement is the Sellita SW300.
The case is 42mm in diameter, while the dial is finished with a star guilloche motif, essentially a concentrically repeating Montblanc logo stamped on the dial. It’s available in silver or black.
First introduced last year in red gold, the 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim is an entry-level tourbillon; still a chunk of change but priced more accessibly than most of the competition. Now it gets fancier with two new guises. The first is in white gold with a dial made of aventurine, which is quartz with mineral inclusions that form sparkly flecks.
The second is somewhat less compelling, being red gold with 68 diamonds on the bezel.
Both new versions have the same basic specs as the original, including a 42mm case and the MB 29.24 movement inside. It’s a self-winding calibre that has a micro-rotor and Montblanc’s patented tourbillon regulator. Unlike conventional tourbillons that enclose the balance wheel in a cage, the ExoTourbillon has the balance wheel sitting over the cage. The rationale behind that is two-fold.
First,the construction allows the balance wheel to be larger, increasing its inertia and stability. And second, the cage can be reduced in size and weight, improving the efficiency of the movement and increasing the amplitude of the balance wheel.
Additionally, the cal. MB 29.24 also features a stop-seconds function, in the form of a thin, blued steel lever that touches the balance wheel when the crown is pulled to set the time.
Price and availability
The 4810 Dual Time in steel (ref. 114857) is priced at US$4400 or S$6600.
And for the tourbillon only Euro prices are available for now: 4810 ExoTourbillon Slim in white gold (ref. 116525) is €46,100, while the same in red gold with a diamond-set bezel (ref. 116523) is €40,500. Euro prices include 19% tax.