On this weeks “Watch of the Week”, we take a look at Montblanc’s Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum. We go into detail about this stunning timepiece, and discuss the meaning behind it, as well as the functionalities and different specifications it comes equipped with. With world timers being of an importance, not only as an advancement within the watch world, but also for the amid travellers out there, it’s time to strap in and learn some more about your next travel watch.
With a 24-hour GMT indicator, it gives you the option to compare your local time to the time zone of your choice… obviously within the cities highlighted on the dial, of course. But what’s so good, is the fact that this feature allows for those of you wanting to explore new places, to really be prepared and look sophisticated whilst doing it.
WHAT MAKES THIS MONTBLANC STAR LEGACY ORBIS TERRARUM SO SPECIAL?
This Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum is a stunning timepiece, which captures the luxurious essence with ease, especially with it’s deep rich blue folding clasp-fastening alligator strap, along with the dial too.
Being part of Montblanc’s “Star Legacy” collection just highlights the craftsmanship involved – the collection originally takes it’s inspiration from Minerva’s heritage and deep rooted history, and the pocket watches they created, which were produced in the late 19th and 20th centuries.
Not only does it take it’s inspiration from the history it retains, but it’s also named after the phrase “Orbis Terrarum”, which means “The whole earth”, which links back to the idea of this watch being a world timer, as you can see.
So, with the inspiration behind the watch coming from the history of the production they carried out, as well as the Latin language, it’s fair to say this is a watch worth adding to the collection. That’s just one box ticked off though, we still need to discuss the features and specifications it holds.
The dial on this Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum is stunning. You’d think it would give off that overcrowded look, especially with the map of the northern hemisphere on there, but it really doesn’t, it looks sophisticated and it actually adds to the overall luxurious essence of it all.
It comes equipped with 24 time zones, and once you have set it – you can then view the indication of all 24 cities with ease. It also displays whether or not it is day or night within those accompanying cities. If you’re after this watch for your own collection, then you might be the type of person who enjoys travelling – which is perfect, as when you are travelling it is easy to set thanks to a single pusher. Last but not least, is the blue sapphire crystal day/night rotating disc.
Now, if we take a step back from the functionalities of this dial, and admire it’s beauty from an aesthetic point of view, then you will be presented with a warm blue feeling, unlike the deep blue alligator strap, which is a shade darker – but still gives off a great contrast between the two.
The stainless steel case is 44.8mm in diameter, and comes equipped with a crown for time adjustments and manual winding, as well as a single pusher – which allows for that ease of use, when setting the locations.
The case also features an exhibition caseback, which allows you to admire the automatic movement which is the driving force behind this watch… but more on that later.
If you’re after a more bulky looking timepiece, and maybe trying to steer away from the subtle and slim pieces, then this is the perfect companion, as it has a thickness of 13.84mm. It will sit comfortable on the wrist, and will leave you admiring the smooth curved edges and contours it possesses.
The folding clasp-fastening blue alligator strap is just beautiful, it contrasts superbly with the blue dial, and it also works well with the characteristics of the dial too. What we mean by that, is the fact that the dial features a map of the northern hemisphere as well as 24 city names – and with the strap being textured it doesn’t leave this big contrast between the two.
The strap width is 21mm, which is a modest size, and a very common one to see too. The buckle adds to the security, and the two loops mean that you don’t have to have that excess strap to worry about.
The movement found within this Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum, is a Swiss-made calibre MB 29.20 automatic movement, which has a diameter of 25.60mm and holds 26 jewels throughout. This particular movement is actually based on the Sellita SW350-1, which is the main competitor to the ETA calibre 2892.
The movement holds a power reserve of 42-hours – perfect for the amid traveller, as well as holding a running frequency of 28,800 Vph, ensuring you of that precision too.
Case material – Stainless steel case
Movement type – Swiss-made calibre MB 29.20 automatic movement
Water resistant depth – 50m (5 bar)
Strap material – Folding clasp-fastening blue alligator strap
Power reserve – 42-hour power reserve
Case diameter – 44.8mm
Case thickness – 13.84mm
Strap width – 21mm
Reference number – 126108