When I was in high school we had to buy an atlas/geography textbook from a publisher called Heinemann. Don’t ask me why I remember this – it’s just one of the scores of useless trivia facts that are stuck in my head, while much more important information (such as reference numbers and calibre names) seem to constantly elude me. One of the things I liked most about this atlas were the different types of map on offer: Political, altitude, rainfall, temperature – Heinemann had them all. And this is what the new, brightly coloured dial of the 4810 Orbis Terrarum instantly reminded me of.
Turns out I wasn’t too far off. Aside from adding a dash of colour to the Orbis Terrarum, the multi-coloured world disc represents warmer and cooler parts of the globe. But the map isn’t the only thing that’s different about this Orbis Terrarum, it’s now part of the 4810 family, meaning it has a bigger, curvier case than the original. When it comes to looks it’s a hard call as to whether this version or the blue-on-blue Heritage Spirit model is more attractive, and will depend largely on personal preference. For me though, the 4810 Orbis Terrarum is an absolute winner of a watch and my favourite Montblanc of 2016.
DISCLOSURE STATEMENT: We shot this video on the first day of SIHH 2016, shortly after a 24-hour commute and we were more than a little jet-lagged. Because of this I have a few issues telling the difference between AM and PM. Please don’t take my inability to read the time as an indictment of the watch in any way.
Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Australian pricing
Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum, on alligator, $9,160.