Montblanc Unveils €9500 Automatic Chronograph with Annual Calendar

Montblanc combines the annual calendar and chronograph in this SIHH 2016 debut, pricing it competitively as has been its recent strategy, with the steel model coming in at just over US$10,000.

The Heritage Chronométrie Chronograph Quantième Annuel continues Montblanc‘s strategy of offering complicated timepieces at relatively affordable prices. It features an annual calendar – one that requires adjustment once a year at the end of February – and a chronograph. Though not as complicated as a chronograph with perpetual calendar, this combination of chronograph and annual calendar is actually less common, because at the usual price point of such watches it makes more sense to go more complicated. Similar to the approach taken with its affordable perpetual calendar, Montblanc manages to lower the price by equipping it with a basic movement, essentially a robust and cost efficient Sellita automatic calibre topped by a module that combines a chronograph function as well as the annual calendar.

The annual calendar shows the date at 12 o’clock, months at nine, day at six, while the moon phase is at three o’clock. Though somewhat complex looking, the dial is classical in style. The look is inconspicuous, though it’s inspired by a vintage Minerva wristwatch (Minerva is a Montblanc subsidiary) of the 1920s, according to Montblanc. Montblanc acquired Minerva  The case is a largish 42 mm, available in steel or red gold. The steel model will cost €9500 (equivalent to US$10,300), while the red gold version is priced at €18,900.

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