It’s a milestone year for the 4810, as the popular collection celebrates its tenth birthday. To commemorate the big 1-0 Montblanc has released a swathe of new models and limited editions that continue to explore their overarching themes of navigation and exploration. There’s the cruise ship inspired ExoTourbillon Slim, as well as the more accessible 4810 Day-Date. Sitting neatly in between is the Twinfly Chronograph. The Twinfly, first released in 2011, has been a hit for the brand, and we suspect that this updated, somewhat aristocratic travellers watch will be no different.
At a glance there’s a lot going on. Not only does the watch display a second time zone via the skeletonized hour hand, but there’s also a 24-hour time display showing the hometime at the top of the dial (in Montblanc’s now characteristic globe motif), there’s also a small seconds counter at six – with a date thrown in for good measure – as well as blue and gold chronograph seconds and minutes hands. Oh, and the chronograph is also a flyback. All this complexity is powered by the new MB LL100.1 – a column wheel chrono with a respectable 72 hours of power reserve
So, even before we get to the styling this is quite a complex watch, with hands and subdials left, right and centre. The good news is that the 43mm wide and 14.58mm high case can easily handle the levels of detail. On top of this there’s the attention-grabbing dial itself. Aside from the rose gold tone details we see the same exploding star guilloche as on the Day-Date, except this time the space where the Montblanc star would normally sit is subsumed by the small seconds. The rectangular chronograph pushers give the watch a mid-century look, complemented nicely by the domed crown inset with the Montblanc logo. The view on the back is equally pretty, with the Le Locle movement largely unobscured by the skeletonised rotor.
What I really like about the Twinfly is that it gives you the sort of complex functionality you’d normally associate with a sporty, tool-like watch, but in a dressy body. If you’ve ever wanted a bigger watch with all the bells and whistles – that won’t look out of place with a fine Italian suit, you should consider the 4810 Twinfly.
Montblanc 4810 Twinfly Chronograph 110 years edition Australian pricing and availability
The 4810 Twinfly Chronograph 110 Years Edition, limited to 1,100 pieces, $10,740.