Best described as a premium micro-brand, Monta is a consistent favorite within enthusiast circles, and the American company has built itself a strong reputation by producing Swiss-made watches that deliver high levels of fit and finish for what is ultimately a rather accessible price point. Originally introduced in 2020, the Noble collection is Monta’s most dressy lineup of timepieces, and it represents the brand’s take on an elegant luxury sports watch. While the original Noble was a standard time-and-date watch, the brand’s latest release for 2024 brings the added utility of a secondary timezone display, and the new Monta Noble Voyager aims to be a refined and elevated expression of a go-anywhere GMT watch.

From an overall aesthetic perspective, the new Monta Noble Voyager largely follows in the footsteps of its three-handed predecessor, and rather than altering the core design of the original time-and-date Noble, Monta’s new GMT-equipped Noble Voyager simply adds the additional elements that are necessary to provide the model with its additional timezone display. Aside from its fourth GMT hand and the corresponding 24-hour scale that appears along the interior of its minute track, the overall appearance of the new Noble Voyager is near-identical to the original time-and-date model, and it retains its status as the most refined and dressy model within the brand’s current lineup. With that in mind, while dial colors for the standard three-handed Noble include blue, silver, or anthracite gray, the new Monta Noble Voyager is available with either a blue or green dial, with the green version representing an entirely new colorway for the collection.

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Crafted from 316L stainless steel with a brushed and polished finish, the case of the Monta Noble Voyager offers the same overall shape and profile as what can be observed among the original three-handed Noble models, and it features the collection’s high-polished bezel, which offers an inherently more dressy appearance compared to the radial brushed bezels that Monta uses for its Triumph and Atlas models. With that in mind, the new Noble Voyager is a millimeter taller than its time-and-date counterpart with dimensions that come in at 38.5mm in diameter by 10.7mm thick, with 20mm lugs and an overall lug-to-lug profile of 47mm. Similarly, just like the original three-handed models, the Monta Noble Voyager features a flat sapphire crystal with seven layers of anti-reflective treatment, a display-style caseback, and a signed screw-down crown at the 3 o’clock location, which helps support the 150 meters of water resistance that is offered by the Noble collection.

Both blue and green dials for the new Monta Noble Voyager feature the same design and layout, with a sunburst finish and a radial gradient effect that darkens toward the outer edge. Similarly, both blue and green versions of the Noble Voyager include multi-dimensional rehauts with cut-outs for their hour markers, and the rehauts are color-matched to the surfaces of their respective dials to create a highly cohesive overall appearance. While the addition of a 24-hour scale inherently results in a slightly busier dial than what can be found on the three-handed Noble models, the fact that the numerals reside within the interior perimeter of the hour markers helps to maximize the amount of negative space, and the new GMT-equipped Noble Voyager offers much of the same elegant aesthetic that characterizes the original time-and-date models.

The hands and applied hour markers on the Monta Noble Voyager appear in the same style as what can be found on the standard three-handed Noble models, and they feature a high-polished finish with luminous inlays running through their centers. However, joining the original trio of centrally-mounted hands is a fourth GMT hand, and Monta specifically chose a skeletonized design for this component to create a strong visual distinction between the secondary timezone display and the primary time-telling hands. All of the luminous material that appears on the dial and hands of the Noble Voyager is blue-glowing BGW9 Super-LumiNova, and while I would normally wish that the GMT hand was a bit longer so that its tip would be closer to the corresponding markers on the dial, the shorter profile of the minute hand and its skeletonized structure are two of the details that help the new Noble Voyager retain much of the same refined styling that exists among the original three-handed Noble models.

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Powering the Monta Noble Voyager is the brand’s Caliber M-23 automatic GMT movement, which can also be found inside both its Atlas and Skyquest collections. As the Cal. M-23 is essentially Monta’s version of the Sellita SW330-2, it runs at a frequency of 28,800vph (4 Hz) with a power reserve of approximately 56 hours, and it is a “caller” style GMT movement, which means that it offers independent adjustment of both its 24-hour hand and date display, rather than having a local hour hand that can be jumped forwards or backwards in one-hour increments (such as what exits on “flier” style GMT movement). At the time of writing, all of Monta’s GMT watches feature “caller” style movements, and while the “flier” approach is typically preferred by those who frequently find themselves crossing timezones, a “caller” style GMT movement is exponentially more convenient when it comes to watches that get worn sporadically or for individuals who occasionally travel but primarily need a convenient way to track the time in a second location. 

Fitted to the lugs of the new Monta Noble Voyager is the brand’s standard three-link bracelet, which features brushed surfaces and fully articulating links to create additional flexibility and promote comfort on the wrist. Monta frequently receives praise for its bracelets, and the bracelet fitted to the Noble Voyager checks all of the major boxes that most enthusiasts want these days, with completely solid components, single-sided screws for the removable links, and a machined folding clasp that includes a tool-free integrated extension system. In addition to the three positions of micro-adjustment that are offered by the clasp extension system, Monta also includes two half-links with its bracelets to help owners achieve a custom-tailored fit and center the clasp on the bottom of their wrist. 

Due to its more complex GMT movement, the Monta Noble Voyager is a bit more expensive than its three-handed sibling, and while the new model is making its debut appearance with an introductory price of $2,150 USD, the actual retail price of the Noble Voyager will be $2,395 USD. Additionally, while the Monta Noble Voyager will be joining the catalog as a standard-produciton offering, Monta is a small-batch boutique operation, and there will be 250 examples available for the first year of the Noble Voyager’s production run. Although Monta already has two different GMT watches in the form of its Atlas and Skyquest collections, the new Noble Voyager offers this same practical functionality with a noticeably more elegant overall appearance, and it is ideally suited for people who want a refined and highly versatile timepiece with a subtle and unobtrusive secondary timezone display. For more information on the Monta Noble Voyager, please visit the brand’s website

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