By Roberta Naas /

Montblanc is a master at interpreting and displaying watch information on its dials in a beautiful and informative manner. The newest Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum watches are no exception. The two new Montblanc Orbis Terrarum watches (originally launched in 2014) continue to boast a sophisticated world time complication – but feature totally re-designed dials.

Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum

The new watches also feature some of the brand’s classic signatures, including onion-shaped crowns with the Montblanc emblem on it, incredibly refined dials and Sfumato alligator leather straps made at the Pellatteria in Florence, Italy. The stainless steel model is now offered with a stunning blue dial, while an 18-karat rose gold limited-edition (500 pieces) version boasts a chocolate brown dial.

Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum

Montblanc’s New Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum Dials

Like its Latin name “terrarium” suggests, the watch is all about the globe. Each dial features a finely etched world map on the dial (as seen from the North Pole), complete with geometrical lines and circles meant to emulate longitude and latitude.  The map is constructed using an upper rotating sapphire disk that has a rhodium (for the blue version) or rose gold metallic coating (for the brown version) applied to it.

This makes the Northern Hemisphere continents and the meridians stand out above the oceans for a more three-dimensional appeal. The ocean portions of the map feature a wave pattern achieved using a special flinque-froisse’ guilloche technique.

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