Montblanc is a household name for pens and luxury leather goods, and they plan to be just as well known in the future for fine watches made by master craftsmen. Time+Tide has partnered with Montblanc in this exciting new chapter of their story, which includes watches more than ever before. Read all the latest news and in-depth reviews here.

VIDEO: 5 outstanding Montblanc watches from SIHH 2019

Since Davide Cerrato took the gig as Montblanc’s top watch guy, the brand’s timepiece offerings have been steadily ramping up, becoming more focused and more appealing. To my mind, Montblanc’s SIHH 2019 saw the brand in high gear, on the inside track and with the intensity of a winner. Two hero collections and a range of watches to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Here are our five picks. Montblanc 1858 Geosphere LE Last year’s complicated two timer was already a good-looking beast of a watch, and this year the Geosphere’s gone green, making it even more Hulk-like. Montblanc 1858 Chronograph While it might not have the same incredible engine as its Minerva brethren, the 1858 Chronograph, with its bronze case and mossy green dial, is one undeniably attractive piece of kit. Montblanc Heritage Automatic While the 1858 family was all about the green, the freshly minted Heritage line is looking dapper with its copper-y salmon colourways. Add to that the complex dial construction and you’ve got a winning proposition on your hands. Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar Montblanc’s meteoric re-emergence into serious watchmaking was its aggressively priced QP. Since then, it’s become a staple of the collection, and this… Read More

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HANDS-ON: Salmon stunner, the Montblanc Heritage Pulsograph

When Montblanc gave us a privileged preview of its new Heritage collection in Miami back in October, our gut told us that they had a winner in the salmon-dialled Heritage Pulsograph. Forward three months to SIHH: 36 exhibiting brands and I-don’t-know-how-many-hundreds of new watches later, our opinion is, if anything, stronger than ever. With the Heritage Pulsograph’s immaculately judged balance of good looks, technical content, quality of execution and price, Montblanc has hit the nail on the head. First, let’s talk aesthetics: vintage-inspired watches have been a thing for some years now – and thanks to its head of watches, Davide Cerrato, Montblanc is a shining example of how to do it right. (Cerrato has previous form, as you may know, having harnessed Tudor’s archives to transform it from also-ran to super-cool brand half a decade ago.) At Montblanc, he has the rich archives of Minerva to draw on – and the Heritage Pulsograph is very similar to a 1940s Minerva monopusher chrono. But it’s no slavish copy. We were able to line up both watches together and, on the new model, the lines of the case and lugs are cleaner, the surfaces flatter, giving the whole watch a more contemporary… Read More

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HANDS-ON: Peak performance with the very smart Montblanc Summit 2

I’m flying off to Geneva tomorrow, for the watchstravaganza that is SIHH. And on my wrist, as I step onto the plane, will be Montblanc’s latest generation smartwatch, the Summit 2. Now, Swiss brands have been trying their luck at smartwatches for some time now, with the two biggest players in the space being Montblanc and TAG Heuer. And while the first generation of these Silicon Valley X Swiss connected devices demonstrated the steep learning curves and technical limitations of the genre, we’ve come a long way in a few short years. I tried the original Summit, and I’ve got to say, the Summit 2 is better in (nearly) every way. Smaller, faster, stronger, smarter. I’ll get to that *nearly* in a bit. Firstly, the case. It follows the same basic form as its predecessor, a chunky, 1858-esque design with an onion-shaped crown. Only here they’ve now flanked it with two programmable chrono-style pushers. The other major difference is that it’s smaller, significantly so — 42mm, down from a whopping 46mm. And while the screen is a little smaller, in this significantly refined package I do not mind one little bit. This watch is completely wearable. And while the form… Read More

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VIDEO: 5 outstanding Montblanc watches from SIHH 2019

Since Davide Cerrato took the gig as Montblanc’s top watch guy, the brand’s timepiece offerings have been steadily ramping up, becoming more focused and more appealing. To my mind, Montblanc’s SIHH 2019 saw the brand in high gear, on the inside track and with the intensity of a winner. Two hero collections and a range of watches to appeal to a wide range of tastes. Here are our five picks. Montblanc 1858 Geosphere LE Last year’s complicated two timer was already a good-looking beast of a watch, and this year the Geosphere’s gone green, making it even more Hulk-like. Montblanc 1858 Chronograph While it might not have the same incredible engine as its Minerva brethren, the 1858 Chronograph, with its bronze case and mossy green dial, is one undeniably attractive piece of kit. Montblanc Heritage Automatic While the 1858 family was all about the green, the freshly minted Heritage line is looking dapper with its copper-y salmon colourways. Add to that the complex dial construction and you’ve got a winning proposition on your hands. Montblanc Heritage Perpetual Calendar Montblanc’s meteoric re-emergence into serious watchmaking was its aggressively priced QP. Since then, it’s become a staple of the collection, and this… Read More

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INTRODUCING: The Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph

At SIHH 2019 in January, Montblanc will launch two new versions of the Nicolas Rieussec chronograph that it introduced last January: one in tone-on-tone of dark grey, the other in a bold mix of anthracite and richly copper-toned red gold. Having spent some time with the new pieces, I’ve fallen rather hard for the latter. It’s one of those “love at second sight” things. (Didn’t take long, though: the initial “Huh?” about the highly unusual colour scheme became “You’re the one” after – oh – a whole 15 or 20 minutes.) Since 2008 and Montblanc’s first tribute to the “time writer” or inked chronograph invented by the eponymous Rieussec in 1821, I’ve been intrigued by the model – a rare example of chronograph readings displayed in something other than the trusty old sub-dials-with-hands format. The 2018 version had me smitten: by losing a lot of the complexity of its predecessors, the design gained even more. And, rendered in tone-on-soft-silvery-tone, it was a thing of loveliness. The big deal, though, is its counter display: rather than the conventional hands rotating around fixed sub-dials, it has a fixed, double-ended pointer and a pair of side-by-side rotating sub-dials – one for chronograph 60… Read More

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INTRODUCING: Smaller, but still smart – the Montblanc Summit 2 

One thing you can be sure of with smart/connected watches is the regular (if not annual) upgrade. It’s true for all the big players in the space, and the luxury sector is no different. And today Montblanc announced their latest — the Summit 2. The topline summary is: smaller, faster and more versatile. And there’s also a new, chronograph-esque form factor. The watch is down to a very wearable 42mm, a welcome downsizing from the 46mm case size of the first generation offering. It’s offered in a range of case materials — steel, titanium, black DLC, and a stealthy take on two-tone in steel and black DLC. Strap options are also (as you’d expect) numerous. The design of the case is broadly unchanged from the 1858-inspired original, with the obvious exception of those pushers, which offer you a few more non-touch ways to interact with your watch. The insides have been upgraded, too. The Summit 2 runs off the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, which keeps things snappy. There’s also a mode that keeps the watch in time-only mode, extending the battery from a day to a week, which is a smart play. The operating system is Google’s Wear OS…. Read More

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EVENT: Montblanc opens new-look boutique, their 7th in Australia

Last week, Montblanc officially opened their seventh Australian boutique, at Chadstone in Melbourne – Australia’s largest high-end shopping precinct. And I must say that Montblanc looked right at home, nestled amidst some of the largest luxury and fashion names in the world. The brand has a strong presence in Australia, with six other dedicated retail spaces dotted across the country, but none of them looks quite like this — as this boutique has been made in line with their new Neo2 design concept, designed by Noé Duchaufour-Lawrance. It’s intended to be more relaxed, a nice change from the sometimes intimidating boutique experience. The space is open and inviting, almost living room-like, except that no one I know has a living room this stylish or pristine. And while the space itself was relaxing, what I was really excited about was what was inside: walls of writing instruments and timepieces — including a few special higher-end pieces, like the TimeWalker Chronograph Rally Timer — and leather goods. I was particularly keen to see the new (Montblanc M)Red, which is seriously sexy, as well as Montblanc’s new high-end hard cases, the #MY4810 collection, which looks set to go toe-to-toe with Rimowa. Watches, however,… Read More

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