August 10, 2014
by Ariel Adams
So this takes me back to the Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase watch and how it fits in with the larger Montblanc brand. I just realized that Montblanc is perhaps the only German watch maker (even though the watches are Swiss) that could conceivably be called a “fashion brand” given their larger lifestyle agenda. Montblanc has an interesting mission that they want people to have “Montblanc life.” Meaning that they walk around with Montblanc belt around their waist, a Montblanc wallet in their pocket, a Montblanc bag in their hand, and a Montblanc watch on their wrist. That means the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection needs to be timeless, but also versatile – I think it is – for suit-wearing demographics.
The Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase watch comes in a 39mm wide case offered in either 18k gold or steel. The former, of course, is going to be the much more expensive option, but Montblanc is making sure that all of its new Meisterstück Heritage models are being offered in at least gold (and only some in steel). On the wrist, it wears a bit larger than its size might suggest given the spacing between the lugs and the relatively thin bezel. Overall the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage collection only comes in 39 or 41mm wide sizes depending on the model.
On a black alligator strap there is a timeless, masculine beauty to these models. For most people the Moonphase isn’t going to be any more functional than the three-hand model, but it is going to give them a touch of added style. Moonphase indicators are very attractive complications, but I have yet to meet anyone who swears by their utility – especially on a dress watch. So in a sense there is a degree of form over function here, but at the end of the day everything on the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase works as promised and living with it should prove appropriately comfortable. Prices for the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Moonphase watch start at 3,490 Euros (about $4,750) in steel and go up to 11,500 Euros (about $15,750) in 18k rose gold. montblanc.com