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.

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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MY WEEKEND WITH: The Montblanc TimeWalker Date Automatic in the wilds of Queensland

A little over a week ago I found myself paying more attention than usual to the pre-flight safety spiel. Perhaps due to the fact that I was standing in a sunny clearing, looking at a helicopter. “Don’t go near the tail rotor, don’t put your hands up when you get out, and if you lose your hat, don’t worry about it.” Sensible life advice. Half an hour and a hundred-odd kilometres later I found myself looking down at my destination: a sweeping golden-brown field on the top of a mountain — Spicers Peak Lodge. It’s a beautiful location, sweeping vistas and high country that is equal parts stunning and Australian. It’s also, thanks in no small part to its elevated position, the perfect place to learn more about Montblanc, a brand for which the mountain is more than a literal logo. It’s also a metaphor for the pursuit of something higher, something greater. Given all that, it makes perfect sense that my wristwear of choice for the weekend was the TimeWalker Date Automatic, a no-fuss number that’s made with action in mind … My first impression was … that it was lighter than expected. This isn’t my first foray with… 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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HANDS-ON: The Montblanc TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph for the Goodwood Festival of Speed

Let me level with you. There’s an official tie-in between this watch and the oh-so-English Goodwood Festival of Speed, one of the world’s leading events for motor enthusiasts. I could spend the next few hundred words talking about the synergy between the automotive and the horological (don’t get me wrong, there are real and entirely meaningful links), but for someone who hasn’t been to Goodwood and isn’t a “car guy” per se (I leave that to Andy), the backstory is kind of beside the point. The point being that this is an absolutely awesome-looking watch. First unveiled last year, the TimeWalker Manufacture Chronograph was already a pretty big step up for Montblanc’s core sports collection, as it graduated to the big boy leagues with a solid in-house column wheel chrono. The first generation, with its panda face, was a pretty good-looking offering, but this vintage-tuned model is even better. The base dial is a rich creamy colour, which looks like it was inspired by faded tropical dials or the rich, ivory paper stock (both work for a Montblanc watch). The subdials are a contrasting deep brown, while the rally-style strap is a glorious golden tan. It’s not all old school,… Read More

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HANDS-ON: The classically charming Montblanc Star Legacy Nicolas Rieussec Chronograph

Of all of Montblanc’s fine timepieces, I’ve had a soft spot for the distinctive Rieussec line, an uncommon take on the common chronograph that draws its inspiration from the daddy of them all, the original chronograph device invented by the eponymous Frenchman, Nicolas Rieussec. The Rieussec has been in the Montblanc family for a while, but to me it’s always occupied a somewhat liminal space, sitting above the more accessible TimeWalkers and their ilk, yet not quite in the same league as the famed Minerva-based chronographs. But that’s not to say that the Montblanc Rieussec isn’t a serious piece of kit, the MB R2000 is a solid movement, modern, with an interesting layout. It boasts a column wheel, vertical clutch and 72-odd hours of power. On top of that it looks darn good, too. That same statement definitely applies to the exterior of the watch as well. Fundamentally, the design of the big 44.8mm (and a good 15mm tall) watch’s dial has been tweaked; the date now has a more balanced, six o’clock position, instantly giving the watch a less cluttered look than previous iterations. But the changes don’t stop there. The heavily textured dial is dominated by the classical… Read More

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MY WEEK WITH: Travelling the globe with the Montblanc Orbis Terrarum

There’s a lot of important planning that happens in the lead up to Baselworld. But perhaps the single most important question is — what watch do I wear? In previous years I’ve taken a handful of pieces, something I wasn’t keen to do this year, as I find it vaguely stressful travelling with more than one (what if I leave it on a plane!), and I typically end up wearing only one the whole week. So this year I decided to travel with just one, and I also thought it was the perfect opportunity to put a travel-oriented watch through its paces in a real-world setting. So, a bit of back and forth later, one watch emerged at the top of my short list. The Montblanc Orbis Terrarum, released back in 2015. I’ve always liked this watch; it looks good and offers great value, and over the years I’ve done my darndest to get some more meaningful time with it. Well, this time around the stars aligned, and I found myself looking down at that little blue world as I jetted my way to Switzerland. Once I put it on, it felt … refreshingly wearable. I often find complicated watches a… Read More

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