Montblanc presents this year for the first time a new combination with a chronograph associated with an annual calendar that only needs setting once a year at the end of February. Inspired by one of the first chronograph wristwatches created by Minerva in the 1920s, this heritage is reflected in the new model.
Montblanc’s watch designers created a clear and legible dial by keeping all the chronograph- related hands in blue and the hands for the hours, minutes, seconds and calendar functions in plated red gold. The chronograph seconds are indicated with a central blue hand, the elapsed minutes are displayed in a counter at 9 o’clock with sectorial scale, and the hours in a counter at 6 o’clock. For the annual calendar function, the days of the week are on display at 6 o’clock, the date is shown at 12 o’clock and the months are featured at 9 o’clock. The ten hands are operated by the automatic movement calibre MB 25.09, with a 42-hour power reserve, and are easily set thanks to four individual correctors positioned in the middle-piece of the case and operated by a dedicated Montblanc pin that is delivered with the timepiece.
A sophisticated moonphase complication has been included in a counter at 3 o’clock, displaying the four principal cycles of the moon via four individual red gold-plated moons—new moon, first quarter, full moon and last quarter—that are identified with a red gold hand. This striking moonphase indication evokes the beginnings of timekeeping when ancient civilisations relied on the lunar calendar for their timing needs and adds a striking feature on the watch’s silvery-white sunray dial.
The refined and elegant aesthetic of the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel follows the collection’s fine watchmaking codes with facetted sword hands, red gold-plated indexes and Arabic numerals in a highly polished 42mm red gold case. The timepiece is fitted with an alligator leather strap crafted by the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and, like all the other timepieces in the collection, is tested for 500 hours following the stringent requirements of the Montblanc Laboratory 500 Test.
Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel Ident. 114876
Movement Calibre MB 25.09
Type of movement Mechanical movement with automatic winding, chronograph function,
Number of rubies Power reserve Balance Frequency Hairspring Displays (watch)
Display (Chrono) Special features
Back Dimensions Watertightness Crown
annual calendar with moonphase display 42
Approx. 42 hours
28,800 A/h (4 Hz)
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 hand at “12 o’clock” and moonphase display by hand on a subdial at “3 o’clock”
30 elapsed minutes and 12 elapsed hour counters
Easy adjustment of calendar functions; individual correctors for each function to be set with a dedicated pin delivered with the timepiece
18 K red gold (5N); polished case
Scratch-resistant, domed and antireflective sapphire crystal 18 K red gold (5N) with inset pane of sapphire crystal Diameter = 42 mm ; Height = 13.83 mm
18 K red gold (5N) with Montblanc emblem in raised relief
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
Black alligator-skin strap crafted in the Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence with 18 K red gold (5N) pin buckle