Montblanc Introduces UNICEF World Time Limited Edition with Cities in Arabic, Chinese or English

Culminating with a US$1.5m donation to UNICEF in spring 2018.

Introduced as part of a collection of watches and pens to raise funds for UNICEF, the Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum UNICEF is a variation on Montblanc‘s affordably priced world time wristwatch. Having donated over US$10m since its partnership with the United Nation’s children’s charity began in 2004, Montblanc will contribute another US$1.5m to the organisation at end March 2018, when production of the UNICEF collection comes to an end.

The UNICEF world time is available in three versions, each with a dial designed for key regions. The Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Latin UNICEF has the cities on the world time disc in English, while Asian edition is Chinese and the Arabic edition is, well, Arabic. While the names are somewhat inaccurate in relation to the script, the labelling is convenient, with the languages representing key geographical markets for Montblanc.

From left: Asian, Latin and Arabic UNICEF editions

While the regular production world time has “Paris” to represent the time zone of GMT +1, the UNICEF edition has Geneva in its place, since the Swiss city is where UNICEF headquarters are sited.

Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Asian UNICEF

Each version is limited to 500 pieces, and aside from the lettering on the dial, identical. It’s powered by the MB 29.20, an automatic movement based on the ETA 2892 with a world time module on top.

The button at eight o’clock advances the cities disc in one hour intervals, allowing the watch to show the 24 conventional time zones of the world. A coloured sapphire disc over the continents functions as a day and night indicator, showing which regions of the world are under cover of dark.

Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Latin UNICEF

The steel case is 41mm in diameter and 11.99mm high. The sapphire back has the UNICEF logo printed on its underside.

Price and availability 

All three versions of the Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum UNICEF are priced at US$5600 or S$8900, less than 10% more than the retail of the ordinary version. The UNICEF edition references are as follows:

Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Asian UNICEF – ref. 116534
Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Latin UNICEF – ref. 116533
Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum Arabic UNICEF – ref. 116532


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Introducing the Hautlence Moebius, Inside a Wraparound Sapphire Crystal Case (with Original Photos & Price)

Featuring a chain-link time display and double-axis tourbillon.

Part of the Concepts d’Exception collection of complications, the latest from Hautlence has a rather unusual name as well as with unusual features, namely a bi-axial tourbillon and an almost panoramic sapphire crystal case.

The Moebius is equipped with a tweaked version of the familiar HL2.0 movement that was already incorporated inside various Hautlence watches such as the Vortex. The movement consists of 482 components and boasts several technically interesting characteristics.

It has a large retrograde minutes display in the centre, power reserve on the right of the dial and the chain-link hours on the left. Just like the case, the minute sub-dial is made of sapphire crystal with markings for the minutes. The minute hand is rhodium-plated and painted with Super-Luminova to ensure night-time legibility.

Hautlence Moebius 3

The first complication is the mechanism for displaying the hours with a 12-link chain on the left-hand side of the movement. At the top of every hour, the chain is pulled upwards and moves by one link, going from one hour to the next.

A regulator mechanism, which sits under a cap featuring the Hautlence logo in the centre of the retrograde minutes, ensures a flawless transition of the hours, which takes around three to four seconds. The regulator completes 48 high-speed rotations each time the chain transitions to the next hour.

Furthermore, the Moebius features a bi-axial tourbillon placed at six o’clock that is linked to the chain display. The tourbillon makes four complete revolutions every 24 hours, turning like a barbeque spit.

Hautlence Moebius 2

The movement is self-winding and has a power reserve of 40 hours, while running at 21,600 vibrations per hour. Two barrels each power the time and complications separately, allowing the complications to function without impairing the accuracy of timekeeping.

The complexity of the movement makes the sapphire case a necessity. The see-through case gives this watch a technical look and feel. The case, essentially a tube of sapphire crystal with sapphire caps on each side, allows the wearer a view of from various angles.

Hautlence Moebius 5

The Moebius is large, being 52mm wide, 50mm long, and 18mm high. These measurements may prevent the watch from fitting under any cuff, but then again, a watch like the Moebius is not meant to be hidden.

The polished case borders and lugs are available in either in 18k white or red gold. The side windows, also crafted from sapphire crystal, are finished with a honeycomb motif.

Hautlence Moebius 4

Pricing and availability

 The Moebius is fitted to a Louisiana alligator strap with a folding clasp made of titanium. It’s available in either white or 18k red gold, with each version limited to eight pieces and priced at SFr240,000.

Photos by Philipp Kneller

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