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Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

This year, Italian watch and writing instrument maker Montegrappa follows up its Chaos collection of watches, pens, and accessories from 2013 with the 2014 “My Guardian Angel” collection of watches, pens, and cufflinks. At the Couture 2014 watch and jewelry show, aBlogtoWatch went hands-on with these pieces. In a sense, the Montegrappa My Guardian Angel watch is the thematic opposite of the Chaos watch with its “light” and angelic themes, in contrast to the skulls and snakes of the Chaos watch and related items.

aBlogtoWatch went hands-on with the Montegrappa Chaos watch here. Available in sterling silver or 18k gold, the Chaos watch was a limited edition item that came in four versions imbued with a lot of personality. To call it polarizing is an understatement, but those who really disliked it seem to not understand the point. Montegrappa is very dynamic in its ability to produce extremely classic writing instruments, but also completely silly items that don’t take themselves too seriously. An example is the 2014 Montegrappa CASH pen collection that has dollar signs on it and has a diamond-like stone at the end. It comes in a box that looks like a stack of money and, according to the brand, was originally titled the “Montegrappa Motherfucker” pen.

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Thus, there is a degree of boldness and humor at the brand, which exists in tandem with their rather serious outlook on quality and design. While you might dislike some of what they do, the quality of it is pretty good. You could easily go your entire life with “Montblanc conservative” style Montegrappa items and pens and ignore their more… entertaining selection of products, such as the Chaos and My Guardian Angel collection products. So what is the opposite of a Sylvester Stallone designed “bad-ass guy” watch and pen set with skulls and snakes all over it? One with angels and clouds on it, of course.

The real design imagination for the Montegrappa My Guardian Angel collection comes in with the pens. There are various versions, and they are priced up to $85,500 for the rollerball version of the My Guardian Angel pen in all gold with the full set of “climbing and armored angels” around the body. Like the Chaos pen and other more “high-end novelty” style writing instruments Monegrappa makes, the My Guardian Angel pen isn’t exactly totally ergonomic, but no one is going to be penning their last will & testament with one of these. Come to think of it, this is the exact type of pen I want to use when hand-writing my will.

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Like the pen design, the watch case is a bit over the top, and intentionally so. Montegrappa is under no illusions that the My Guardian Angel watch has the classic point of a Patek Philippe or the admirable dedication to utility of a Rolex Submariner. This watch is a piece of functional art or jewelry and the emotions that go with it. Remember, this is the same company that made watches with Batman on them. So if this watch looks a bit silly compared to a traditional tool or dress watch, that is because it is. You need a sense of flamboyance in your personality to pull one of these off, for sure.

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If you don’t have the ability to wear something that communicates so loudly on your wrist, that is fine. Montegrappa appreciates the feedback as much as watch lovers like us enjoy offering it. While precise measurements aren’t available at the time of writing, the Montegrappa My Guardian Angel watch likely comes in the same 43mm wide by 54mm tall case in both sterling silver and 18k gold.

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

Rather than having the skulls and snakes motif of the Chaos watch, the Montegrappa My Guardian Angel has angel wings and clouds as engraved case decoration. The dial is ringed with a sun flare style design which is associated with the sun and diving light. The dial is similar to the Chaos watch, but a bit simpler and lighter here. I really like the swirly could patterns engraved in the central part of the dial which is done in mother-of-pearl.

What is interesting is that the My Guardian Angel watch doesn’t actually have any angel motifs on it aside from wings. Actually, since the caseback on this prototype model is blank, there may be something here for the final version, but as of now, the watch doesn’t have creepy little crawling (literally) angels on it, like the pen does. Though it would have been cool to have the sword-bearing angel character somewhere on it.

Montegrappa My Guardian Angel Watch Hands-On Hands-On

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  • marbstiu

    More like MontyGrandpa

  • Jimxxx

    More Hell’s Angel than Guardian Angel….

  • Grinnie Jax

    Swiss ETA 2824 automatic movement, you are so ubiquitous 😉
    This MonteCrappa looks much better than skully one, but still a bit crappa…

  • Finally, a watch for the millionaire cleric watch collector.

    Seriously, it still looks more goth than gothic to me. I think I liked the raw evil appeal of the Chaos watches (and pens) better than this piece. But while the price seems insane for an ETA 2824, it is no doubt a bargain compared to the Chaos watches (withe same guts). Wild as they are, I’m glad they are making them and not taking it all too seriously.

  • Ulysses31

    Jeez, that’s a lot of money for a bloody pen, and one you cannot use, no less.  I should start out by apologising to everyone; I am not nearly enough of a flamboyant ponce to “appreciate” these creations.  The watch dial is actually quite nice, but it all goes down-hill from there.  The workmanship, while detailed (by someone who enjoys the Goa’uld aesthetic a bit much), is crude and ugly.  I get it – it’s a freakish watch designed to be a big screw-you to all those boring watch manufacturers that are a joke and who nobody respects – you know, those idiots at AL&S, Omega, PP etc.  Those jerks are so dull and misguided.  Why pay thousands for a watch that looks good and commands respect when you can buy one that costs thousands and looks like it was five dollars from a flea-market?  Yes, it’s a joke, but rather a lot of money to spend on something purely for a little amusement.  I could get a lot more pleasure from nearly seven thousand dollars than from buying this watch…

  • Zeitblom

    “To call it polarizing is an understatement,”
    What!? You mean that there might be people who actually *dislike* this superb work of art, this acme of the watchmaker’s skill, this heartbreakingly exquisite comment on the human condition, this metallic paean to all that separates us from the apes? Some people are just so unreasonable…..

    Well anyway HR Giger might like it.

  • Thank goodness the final version will have a different strap – I’d like to gut-punch whoever put that hornback strap together. The stitching on it is so bad, you’d almost want to think they made it look that shitty on purpose. And then it uses a keeper of different material – looks like calf. Just pitiful. 

    I could sell the heck out of buckles like that though.

  • Zeitblom Too bad he just (sadly) died.

  • Oelholm

    Surprised by the price, I expected it to be higher.
    “Montegrappa Motherfucker”… I like that. It could start a trend, no? “Breguet Dirty Bastard” or “Jaeger-LeCoultre Reverso Son of a Bitch”.

  • GROGADOG

    Wow this thing is heinous

  • Zeitblom

    SuperStrapper Zeitblom As if that would stop him.

  • Zeitblom

  • Fraser Petrick

    GROGADOG  That rhymes with hideous.

  • Fraser Petrick

    “With this watch the world will be mine, all mine!” : Beelzebub’s younger and often misunderestimated younger brother, Floyd.

  • CG

    Didn’t I see this on QVC? Truly bad taste this watch… and unveined turquoise looks faked like the rest of this atrocious homage to comic books and dark angel hocum. Giger would kick it down the road… an insult. I think Overstock.com has matching Crosses for $29.95.

  • DangerussArt

    I like to imagine the scene when Ariel receives this review sample  package and see this for the first time. What goes through your head?  I know what my gut reaction is, but then again I don’t have to write an unoffensive essay about it.  Yeeesh!

  • daveryan56

    Boo

  • JoelSchumann

    I happen to be in Morocco now, and I am sure one of the thousand or so silversmiths I have seen lately would have been more than happy to make and fit a shell like that if you brought a movement. I have watched them work and it shouldn’t take more than a couple of hours. It might not end symmetric or anything, but I understand this is about fun and then who cares about symmetry. 

    Seriously! I haven’t been around this site for long and I am beginning to feel a bit patronized. Too many articles I have to read as exercises in positive writing about ridiculously expensive stuff. Any critical sense seems to be avoided by all means. I understand the authors want to be good friends with the companies and all, but there have to be a limit. No?

  • trj66

    This is hideous, ugly, stupid and should never have been born. Ariel, you simply have to define a decent level of acceptable candidates to this site – and stick to it. And this monster is way below that level…

  • spiceballs

    Well done Ariel its good to read about watches like this which, as you wrote, are somewhat fun.  For what they are, I see both pen and watch as clever and quite well done.  To my eyes the turquoise and sterling silver is a striking combination. I couldn’t ever see myself wearing anything like these, but someone else might find them ideal.

  • Zeitblom

    Gee, “Someone Else” must be really rich. Because he buys nearly all the watches we see here nowadays.

  • Zeitblom

    SuperStrapper Zeitblom So what’s he wearing?
    Looks a bit like a Bremont.

  • Meathanky

    It’s depressing to think there might be someone, somewhere, right now wearing this thing.

  • Finally, a watch for that Grand Inquisitor in your life (cue “Nooooobody expects the….”)

  • paulester17

    MY EYES!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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