Sometime in the mid-2010s, watchmakers began using high-end features haute horlogerie and pass them on to clients for whom they had previously been out of reach.
Undoubtedly, complications such as perpetual calendars (which accurately display the date, day, month and year and adjust for leap years) and world timers (which feature an internal bezel showing 24 world cities, each representing a spindle specific time) -He won lottery size prices, but at least now they were in line with reality.
Montblanc’s Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum watch played its part in the trend. First released in 2014 and released in different iterations since then, the relatively affordable world timer has taken the aesthetics of classic watchmaking and placed them into a stylish contemporary wristwatch. Its multi-layer dial turned out to be ingenious and legible. – solution to display two dozen time zones and a day/night dial.
Released in several versions, it originally sold for around £14,000 in 18k red gold, but also around £5,000 for a steel-on-steel version, which would have been a steal then, and would certainly be a steal today. .
Now Montblanc has released a new version of that watch. The Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum, new for 2022, features a refreshed black and gray dial with rose gold-plated continents and meridians, a warm new color scheme that Montblanc says was created for “today’s sophisticated international citizens.”
Although the design is inspired by the dusty pocket watches of the late 19ththand the beginning of the 20thth Centuries, and the two-layered dial inside the 43mm steel case holds a wealth of information, much of the democratization heralded by watches like Montblanc’s Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum was due to ease of setting and reading: a real game. -changer
You navigate through different time zones using the pusher at 8 o’clock. Once the designated location is displayed at the top of the watch, the hour and minute hands will automatically sync to that city. As before, a graduated day/night indicator slowly changes color, in this case from light gray (for daylight) to dark gray (for night), intuitively illustrating the movement of the Sun around the Earth. Meanwhile the guilloche the lower disc pattern represents the seas and oceans of the world.
It’s hard to think of another Swiss watchmaker that continues to offer (a) high-end complications like this at relatively affordable prices, and (b) does so with such pleasing, readable, and aesthetically accessible designs.
Here, to use an appropriately well-travelled phrase, you really do get a lot of watch for your money.