On the occasion of the SIHH 2016 timepiece fair, Montblanc will present exclusively a new mechanical combination within the brand: a chronograph associated with an annual calendar that requires only one adjustment per year at the end of February . Inspired by one of the first chronograph watches created by its Minerva manufactory in the 1920s, this new model reflects the heritage of the house. The designers of the Montblanc watches have thus created a clear and easily readable dial by using blue hands for chronograph indications and red gold-plated hands for hours, minutes, seconds and date functions. The seconds of the chronograph are indicated by a central blue needle, minutes passed are indicated on a counter at 9 o’clock with a sector scale, and the hours on a counter at 6 o’clock.
Regarding the annual date function, the days of the week are indicated at 6 o’clock, the date at 12 o’clock and the months at 9 o’clock. The ten needles work with the MB 25,09 automatic caliber, with a range of 42 hours, and are easily adjusted by the four individual correctors positioned in the middle of the case and the Montblanc pen provided with the timepiece. A sophisticated complication of the phases of the moon was included in a counter at 3 o’clock, displaying four individual red-gold-plated moons representing the four main cycles of the moon – the new moon, the first quarter, the full moon and The last quarter – indicated by a red gold needle. This indication of the phases of the moon recalls the beginnings of the science of time, when the ancient civilizations were based on the lunar calendar for the reading of time, and adds a striking specificity to the dial to the rays of the silver-white sun.
The refined aesthetic features of the Montblanc Heritage Chronometry Chronograph Annual Calendar are in keeping with the high-end watch codes of the collection, with faceted needles in the shape of swords, indexes and Arabic numerals plated with red gold in a 42 mm polished in red gold. This timepiece is equipped with an alligator leather strap manufactured by Montblanc Pelletteria in Florence and, like the other best gift watches in the collection, it passes the 500-hour test according to the strictest quality requirements of the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500.