Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On

Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On

Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time Watch Hands-On Hands-On

With watches like the new Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Geospheres Vasco da Gama and the Chronométrie ExoTourbillon Minute Chronograph, Montblanc has gone all out for SIHH this year. While those are the sorts of dream-like pieces that make SIHH great, they only represent one part of the complex market in which Montblanc fights for new ground. On the more accessible side of their offerings, we find the new Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time, a handsome piece that uses an in-house complication to help ease the pain of jumping from one timezone to another.

This jet setter Montblanc is 41mm wide and a little under 10mm thick, with a steel case that features both brushed and polished surfaces. With a crisp silver-white dial and deep blue accents, the Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time looks great. In addition to the bracelet seen here, Montblanc is also offering the Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time on a leather strap or as a two tone version with a gold bezel and matching dial accents.

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Montblanc created their own complication that builds upon a base automatic movement with date (a Selitta SW200) to add a second hour hand, jumping ability for the local hour hand and a 24-hour (am/pm) indication. The movement, dubbed the MB 29.19, uses 34 jewels, runs at 4Hz and has a power reserve of 42 hours. The date is tied to the local hour hand, and the minutes and seconds measure are not affected when the local hour is changed. Additionally, the home hour hand can be hidden below the local hand when not in use.

Some of you will have already spotted the elephant in the room, the design of the Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time is not exactly fresh. With obvious styling borrowed from the JLC Master Hometime and the A.Lange & Sohne Saxonia Dual Time, the Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time feels somewhat derivative.

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Those of you in the know will see a direct through-line for these three companies by way of current Montblanc CEO Jerome Lambert. Before taking over at Montblanc, Lambert was CEO of Jaeger-LeCoultre and supervised A. Lange & Sohne. If you're a JLC or ALS purist, then I could see the family resemblance bothering your sensibilities. But if you're simply a watch enthusiast and consumer, you now have an additional option when looking for a classy dual time watch.

Additionally, Montblanc doesn't operate in an identical market position to JLC and ALS, which translates to a more accessible price point. The JLC Master Hometime is nearly double the cost, but you get a beautiful in-house movement. Similarly, the Saxonia is a full step above the JLC.

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By opting to customize an available movement to suit their needs, Montblanc has given the $4,600 USD  Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time a potent mix of value and thoughtful functionality. The steel bracelet will set you back a further $300 and the two tone model will retail for $6,400. For a model closer to their entry point, I think the Montblanc Chronométrie Dual Time looks great, offers a practical feature set, and should benefit the continued growth of the Montblanc brand.

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  • Quite nice, actually. I’m generally turned off by subsidiary seconds, I would much prefer a central seconds hand, and while that is also the case here I don;t mind the balance that the sub seconds dial gives – without it the dial as a whole would be awfully stark. When I first saw the initial image, my initial thought was “oh, a baby HomeTime”, and while it certainly is derivative, I think there is enough here for it to be it’s own watch. 

    I have said on several occasions that every man should have a white-dialed watch on a steel bracelet, and this one make a nice argument – I enjoy the 5-link design. Very handsome and versitile. 

    I understand that the base caliber is fairly entry-level, but the aftercare and modifications are nothing to sneeze at; I don’t think the MSRP is totally offside, and could obviously be arm wrestled down at the dealer by the savvy consumer.

  • Ulysses31

    Subtle and stylish with hints of blue.  This frosty-looking watch is just distinctive enough to stand out from the crowd.  It’s appealingly thin too.  If it were my choice, i’d ditch the Arabic 12 for another stick marker, and maybe make the date window round, since the square one looks a bit awkward and out-of-place next to the other circular details.  I’m not convinced by the price but there’s ugly garbage passing as haute horology going around at twice what this costs, so I guess it’s all relative.

  • nickyb66

    Nice review, thanks James. Is a nice watch, although it looks very similar to a JLC GMT, including the bracelet. Cheers

  • Ulysses31 I agree that the 12 hour marker is a bit of a problem as it makes the home time sub-dial look like a power reserve indicator at a quick glance (with its incomplete circle). The use of 12 for both scales is clever but still looks awkward in execution. The date window does not bother me as much as it does you, but yeah, round would have been cool. Otherwise, I think it is an attractive watch at an understandable price point (considering the brand and the custom module).

  • Jimxxx

    One recurring issue I have with MBs is their placement of the logo, never centered, always somewhere on the side.

  • VM1960

    Love this watch with the leather strap rather than the bracelet. I’ll be seeing it in person at my local Montblanc boutique in a few weeks when the SIHH watches are brought in. Looking forward to it.

  • hatster

    Nice watch, almost a little too ‘safe’ in design for my liking. I prefer the Muehle Glashuette Teutonia Feels a little less ‘seventies’?

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