SIHH 2013 PuristSPro Report: Montblanc (O. Meindl & PuristSPro Team)
The whole booth looked very much like an interesting gallery for modern art, but there was much more to see and to experience.
Last Year's (2012 Retrospect) Star of the Show:
2012 was an impressive year with lots of novelties from Montblanc, but there was one standing out (even when it was shown as a prototype only): Time Writer II Bi-Fréquence
Shown here on the picture from our dear FrX and next to the pocket watch this inspired it.
Another one was the Vintage Tachydate - handwinding, monopusher ... and a very nice solution for the date ...
Of course there was much more in 2012 and for those who are interested to see it again I would recommend to have a (second, third ... ) look here: montblanc.watchprosite.com
2013 Brand Themes: Consolidation
Mike Ting already showed you the latest watches from 2013 and he also mentioned it looks like a consolidating year for Montblanc. The latter is fine for me, especially if the evolution shown is well done like this. We (Magnus & me) didn´t see the whole collection and tried to focus on something we were especially interested in. So, let´s have a look what we saw (with our cameras).
2013 Star of the Show
The Rieussec Rising Hours is the new "big" novelty for this year. The characteristic face of the Nicolas Rieussec Collection is still there – in general, but this time it comes with new indications:
- Hours and minutes on off-center dial
- Digital hour display with integrated day/night indication
- Day by disc
- Date by disc
- Power reserve indicator on case back
The Rising Hours is available in three different versions: Platinum (LE 28), red gold and steel. My favorite one (from the whole Nicolas Rieussec Collection) was the platinum one (without knowing that it is platinum), why am I not surprised
The version shown in the following pictures is the steel one, which is my second favorite and it was very nice to see it in the metal.
Let´s start with a “small” detail in blue …
… which needs some extra parts below the dial.
Clever and nice, isn´t it?
If someone is in the market for a special (and relatively affordable) chronograph, he should have a closer look on this one.
Other “Novelties” 2013
Timewalker World-Time Hemispheres - Northern Hemisphere model (white dial) and its corresponding Southern Hemisphere model (gray dial).
Both are nice watches, with an interesting complication and case.
A new version of the TwinFly:
Nothing is wrong with that one, but I would not call it outstanding.
Collection Villeret – this one is something not to forget, because to me it shows what Montblanc is able to do these days – high end watchmaking. For me it was the first time to look at it in detail and to make it short: I really liked what I saw – even when most of the watches we saw are slightly too big for my personal taste.
The latest version of the Exotourbillon Chronograph in white gold (there is a new one in red gold as well) looks very impressive and shows great details. The different finishing’s on the dial and the way the four-minute tourbillon is presented is very, very nice.
Mystery Tourbillon – the watch itself is not new, but this time in a more classical version. A hell of a watch, but I guess not for everybody – or at least everybody’s wrist. Nonetheless, a feast for the eyes.
Chronograph Grand Regulateur Nautique – technically a very interesting watch with lots to explore on the front and on the back. The idea that it is a mono-pusher is something I like a lot.
My favorite part is the manually wound movement with column-wheel and horizontal coupling.
Villeret Secondes Authentiques – several models for ladies & couples, but you won´t see all of them now.
A mother-of-pearl dial is always something special and it is very nice to see how it changes the color in different light.
Let me close with this nice (very classical) view on the back and I can promise there will be more to see/read in the near future – by fellow moderators.
The passion for watches we saw at the team was very addictive and all I can say is that I appreciated it a lot. Thanks, you know who you are!
This message has been edited by AnthonyTsai on 2013-02-06 08:24:28