More often than not, the very first watch that you buy for yourself is a Rolex or an Omega. You may consider an Panerai or IWC, but not a Montblanc. To many, the brand Montblanc will be your first most expensive pen, but as a watch, it falls in your third or fourth watch-to-buy-list. Nothing wrong with this, but just a simple observation that makes me think if we have shortchanged the brand. Look at the lineup that they have for this year – six new models in the new Heritage collection. While four are regular lineup, two of them are exclusive and limited to the numbers sold. Let’s have a look at the Montblanc Heritage Manufacture Perpetual Calendar.
The watch features a movement and inspired by Montblanc’s Villeret Manufacture that was previously called Minerva. The fully in-house-developed and manufactured MB 29.22 movement supports the perpetual calendar complication and took three years to develop. Requiring minimal attention, this complication needs to be tended to only once, and then works precisely for perpetuity, factoring in leap years. Using wheels instead of a lever system, this watch allows adjustment of setting from either direction. But the only catch is that a lock system is in place, that dissuades you from making any adjustments during 8pm and 12pm. Any changes made during this timeframe can damage the movement. The self-winding MB 29.22 provides power reserve of 48-hours.
The case for this watch comes in two variations: stainless steel (non-limited edition) and red gold (limited). The case measures 40mm and the dial hosts functions like hours, minutes, day, date, month, moon-phase and leap year. You will also find the dual time function and 24-hour indicator on the face of the watch. Essentially, the red gold watch is limited to 100-pieces, and the stainless-steel version is open for all.