The Heritage Chronométrie is the core watch collection of Montblanc. It features watches with classic shapes and complicated displays at affordable prices. The timepieces in this collection are not high-end or vintage and top complications are not the goal either. Commercially oriented and down to earth these watches feature good looks and a few complications at low prices – perfect for every day.
The latest addition to this collection, the Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel, combines two complications on a complicated (but still legible) dial. It features an association of a chronograph merged with an annual calendar. The classic complication only needs to be adjusted manually once a year, at the end of February.
The watch displays all the information via four subdials: date on the periphery and running seconds in the center on 12 o’clock, day of the week in the center and 12-hour counter of the chronograph at 6 o’clock, month in the center and 30-minute counter of the chronograph at 9 o’clock and moon phases on 3 o’clock. On the central axis are hours, minutes and chronograph seconds. The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel features a silvery white dial with sunburst pattern and gold appliques. The hands have two different colors, in gold and blue with the calendar indications displayed by the golden, the chronograph functions by the blue hands.
For a dress watch, the case – available in stainless steel or in 18-carat red gold – is quite large and thick. It measures 42 mm in diameter and 13.8 mm in height. It comes with domed sapphire crystals with anti-reflective coating and is water resistant up to 3 bar/30 meters.
The movement is the Swiss automatic Montblanc caliber MB 25.09. It has 25 jewels, works at 28.800 vph and comes with a power reserve of 42 hours.
Montblanc uses third-parties base movements (Sellita in this case), but the complication modules are all done in-house. It is also tested for 500 hours following the requirements of the Montblanc Laboratory 500 Test.
The Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Annuel comes on a black alligator leather strap with steel or 18-carat red gold triple-folding clasp, matching the case.