Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar Watch For €10,000

Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar Watch For €10,000

Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar Watch For €10,000   hands on

For 2014, German/Swiss watchmaker (honestly they ride both lines) Montblanc is equipped with a new CEO who happens to be Jerome Lambert. He arrives after spending a good long time up in the Swiss mountains with one of our favorite brands – Jaeger-LeCoultre. After captaining Jaeger-LeCoultre into the perpetual center of our horological attention he is engaged on a new and very different journey at Montblanc. Nevertheless, with new and interesting products like the Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar watch in a brand new product family, we begin to see a lot of what Lambert is good at coming out at Montblanc very early into his tenure.

At first I didn’t think this new Meisterstuck Heritage collection had anything to do with Mr. Lambert. The reason is that new products take a few years to materialize. So I expected to see Lambert-directed new products in 2-3 years from now. Regardless, Montblanc assured me that this is a brand new collection that Mr. Lambert is responsible for, and despite the complicated movement and beautiful presentation, this timepiece isn’t even the star of the Meisterstuck Heritage collection – but that is also a story for another article. I don’t want that to make this piece not sound important, because in many ways it is the most important new watch Montblanc has released. It is not only very beautiful, but a sign of exactly where the brand is headed over the next few years – a refined look that upgrades the overall feel of Montblanc with an emphasis on more accessible haute horology.

Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar Watch For €10,000   hands on

So what is the Meisterstuck Heritage collection? Quite simply it is a focus on what elements to incorporate into a Montblanc watch to tie it in with its heritage as a writing instrument maker. “Meisterstuck” is the name of the brand’s famous and historic pen collection. It has been applied to watches before, but the Meisterstuck Heritage collection is a new family of watches with a look that… well a look that honestly looks a lot like a baby Jaeger-LeCoultre. Now there is nothing at all wrong with that, and it makes sense given Lambert’s history. It also means that in a sense that is his vision for at least a lot of what Montblanc should offer – at least in the mid-range. The complicated part is that Montblanc still offers both entry-level and very high-end items from their Villeret collection. A timepiece like the Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar – given its theme and movement – creates a brand new niche for itself in the brand.

At 39mm wide the Perpetual Calendar is only about 10mm thick. That is pretty good given that the movement is a base with a module. Monblanc will offer the Perpetual Calendar both in steel and 18k rose gold. The real value of course is in the steel case with the rose gold hands and hour market appliques. It will be a Perpetual Calendar – a nice one at that – for a price that most people have never seen before.

11 comments
Twinbarrel
Twinbarrel

Is that paint chipped off the NOV indication?

Also: the dot between JUL and SEP seems to have smudged into a comma; the E from SEP has flaked off a bit too..

Jonah76
Jonah76

Overpriced & underwhelming...is Montblanc in general. C'mon guys be original! Why would anyone buy this over a GO PanoMaticLuna? I think for a Moon Phase Chopard have done better recently.

Ulysses31
Ulysses31

They missed the mark here.  It looks like a Chinese rip-off of a Swiss watch, down to the artless layout of the dial and the cheap looking hands.

Thanatos42
Thanatos42

Don't like the crops on the main page today.

stefanv
stefanv

Amateurish looking. Too many inconsistencies. For instance, the orientation of the day-of-the-month numbers changes at 8 and 24 so that all of them are more-or-less upright. But the month names, day names, and leap-year-cycle numbers don't. "May", "Jul", "Sep", "2", "3", "Tue", "Wed", "Thu", and "Fri" should all be rotated 180 degrees. I've seen $200 Chinese mechanical moonphase watches that looked better than this. Montblanc should stick to pens.

bichondaddy
bichondaddy

Well....it's kind of nice looking....yet...I have an old Seiko quartz from the 1980's that has all those features and I think it ran me around $400 USD at the time...pretty pricey for a Seiko at that time.  I'll stick with my old Seiko...and save that money for more important things....like 7 months worth of mortgage payments.


Fraser Petrick
Fraser Petrick

Too much busy-ness on the face just to give the date. Hour hand too broad. However, I know from experience, seeing the watch in the flesh may elicit  another reaction.    A _____________I had seen only in pictures and had coveted turned out to be quite ugly when I saw it in real life; something like that dump in Fort Lauderdale that looked fabulous when the photographer placed a lone hibiscus between it and his camera.

r_s_g
r_s_g

I want to like this but the subdials look strange crammed into the middle of the watch face. Also, that lack of movement decoration is fairly disappointing. I know it's a "poor man's" perpetual calendar but it almost seems like buying one of those Chinese tourbillon watches--you're buying the complication just to have it. 

XuanLiu
XuanLiu

Very cool, but honestly, who  wants to see ETA2892 from a €10,000+ watch's case back? 

SuperStrapper
SuperStrapper

My very 1st thought when I saw a picture was that it looks like a fake Patek. Remove the Montblanc branding, and put a crummy wristshot photo up in WUS in yet another annoying 'is my Patek real?" thread and grab your popcorn bowl for the show.


I get it, I do, but this is a fail. Someone wishes they were still up in those hills at another shop.

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