SIHH 2016: Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum 43 mm.

Jan 19, 2016,12:12 PM

You loved the Orbis Terrarum unveiled last year? 

You will love the new version, unveiled this week at the SIHH. 



Some changes: 

- A new case, 43 mm big ( 41 mm for the 2015 version ), with beveled lugs. The proportinos are quite harmonious with a 11, 87 mm height.

- Some new colors, going from orange to green ,showing the cold and warm points of the planet. 

- Some luminous dots on the minutes ring... This is the only point I don't get, as the hands are not luminous. But will we see them in the definitive watch? 

An anecdote: This one was internally called the " Jamaican ", due to its colors. Note that this nickname is not official. 

I must say that I quite like it. I still don't know if I prefer this one over the 41 mm one. I find it funnier, more " living ". 

What are your thoughts? 


This message has been edited by amanico on 2016-01-19 12:14:21

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I'm glad I never bought the 'blue planet'

 By: Arie - Mr Orange : January 19th, 2016-12:49
because I think the \'Jamaican\' looks irie. Ya man! All kidding aside; if it has got luminous dots, it might get luminous hands as well, don\'t you think? Otherwise it would be ridiculous. Though the blue version looks nice as well. Cooler. If you get my... 

There were quite a lot of world map world time watches last year....

 By: Clueless_Collector : January 19th, 2016-13:34
it is a bit strange MB issue an updated version so soon. As always, some owners happy, some not. Will they be offering them side by side or replacing it? Anyway, I like the movement to look better in order to buy it, not using volume or standard movements... 

Patek and Rolex don't attend the SIHH, but the Basel Fair.

 By: amanico : January 19th, 2016-13:48
So, you will have to wait till March. Back to the Orbis Terrarum, my understanding is that both co exist. Best, Nicolas

Thanks for letting me know, I didn't pay attention to participants...1st MB???

 By: Clueless_Collector : January 19th, 2016-14:16
Teaser like Nilo? 1858 Villeret or this one? Good for you...congrats in advance.

The colors sure warm up the dial a bit.

 By: MichaelC : January 19th, 2016-13:43
And I love the dots. They should definitely get some lume. But 41mm is A-OK with me. It would be interesting to try both on to decide. If I owned the first version, I would not be disappointed at all. After all, almost impossible to beat the original. But... 

I photographed it! And will soon post some pics.

 By: amanico : January 19th, 2016-13:50
Aaah, that's official, I will have, in a few months, my first Montblanc... Best, my friend. Nicolas

Congratulations! I do not want to highjack this thread...

 By: MichaelC : January 19th, 2016-14:34
So post those photos in another quickly!!

Based on first impressions alone, I would pick the 2016 version.

 By: Luis6 : January 19th, 2016-15:02
But size wise, I prefer the 41mm 2015 version. Also at this point I'm not sure if the colors on the 2016 version would grow on me or bore me in the longer term. Need some time to see.

You are too kind. [nt]

 By: amanico : January 20th, 2016-21:39

6 or 7/10

 By: cuibono : January 19th, 2016-16:03
let me state the positive: i love the orientation of the map. the focus highlights the southern hemisphere: that's interesting. the bad, it's a bit of a cliche at this point. if we think of the past 2-4 years, everyone's got their global watch with a map.... 


 By: cuibono : January 20th, 2016-15:38
my first thought when i saw this, esp. in the blue, was the breitling unitime, in its earlier iterations. breitling has modified that look, but when the new unitime came about a few years back, seemed in the same vein to me.

Hmmm, I thought about that, but the Breitling doesn't have the same depth and is much more

 By: amanico : January 20th, 2016-21:40
Cluttered, don't you think? Best, my friend. Nicolas

Prefer 41MM

 By: patrick_y : January 20th, 2016-09:38
Prefer the 41MM: 1. Better size in 41MM. 2. More modern crown, harmonious to the modern case. The new crown on the new piece makes it more classic, yet the case is still modern. 3. I don't like Lume on the dial unless it's a sports watch. And when applied... 

I do get your point on the size, but on the lume?

 By: amanico : January 20th, 2016-09:48
I agree with you that the presence of the luminous dots without luminous hands sound a bit weird, but you are surprsing me when you say that over 20 years, the lume goes and that you have to replace it, with the dial, too... Best, my friend. Nicolas

oh no not another going from 41..

 By: christianch : January 21st, 2016-13:12
which was more than enough to 43 mm...

As "Parisian", I prefer the 2015 version

 By: patrickh : January 21st, 2016-13:45
where Paris is written. I have tried the new 2016 version. Here is live photos. Note the case design is different and the calibre stays identical (smaller proportion regarding the case). As Robin, we have a small wrist and then 41mm is more adapted to our...  

Definitely the 4810 Orbis Terrarum has a warmer dial

 By: jrwong23 (aka watchthebin) : January 22nd, 2016-15:02
And it really looks good! For me I prefer the case and size of the Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum - suits my wrist size better and also I like the cold blue dial thanks for the review Nico! Cheers Robin