This year marks the 90th anniversary of Montblanc, whose Minerva workshops in Villeret are all about independence and hand craftsmanship, and whose LeLocle manufacture takes production watch making to a new level, especially with its 500-hour testing of each watch. In honor of the anniversary of this renowned writing instrument and watch brand, Montblanc introduces its Star Twin Moonphase watch. It is the result of an effort to “bring both the Villeret and LeLocle assets together under one leadership that lives up to the performance and quality that is Montblanc,” says Jerome Lambert, CEO of Montblanc. “We need to live up to the details of the design, the innovation of watchmaking precision and the passion of the craft.
The Star Twin Moonphase watch is a stellar example of that blend. The watch offers a twin moonphase display—one for the northern and one for the southern hemispheres. The waxing and waning moons- as seen from the hemispheres – are mirror images of one another. This has been depicted on the Star Twin Moonphase. The 42mm stainless steel watch also features a pointer that shows the moon’s age in days – -all in the aperture at 6:00. The dial of the watch features a finely guilloche’d décor, and an outer minute and seconds scale on the periphery – with red accents, and a date indicator.
The watch, which was one year in the making, houses the mechanical self-winding Calibre MB4810/913, equipped with a special exclusive Dubois Depraz module for the twin moonphase indication. The movement with its asymmetrical pointer date can be viewed from a sapphire crystal pane inserted in toe the screwed caseback. The date and moon-phase displays can be adjusted in single-day increments via two buttons inset into the flank of the case. What makes the watch even more special is the amazing price of $5,100 – which Lambert says was done to “bring the fine elements of Montblanc watchmaking in a price the public can enjoy and experience.”