Editor’s Note: We don’t want to blow Sam’s cover, because My Watch Story subjects are guaranteed a high degree of anonymity. But let’s just say, Sam might not have ever seen you, but if you’re partial to a wide, wide range of clothing brands – most recently UNIQLO – you will probably have seen him. However, it’s not his photogenic features in the frame today, it’s his no less photo-friendly wrist – which at our recent whiskey and watches weekday lock-in, sported the Montblanc Felix and I got a little woozy about at SIHH 2017, the Montblanc 1858 Automatic Dual Time.
How and why did you choose this piece? What do you like about it?
I have been working with Montblanc lately and have been looking to enter the big boy watch arena for a while and it seemed like the perfect start! I was drawn to the dual tones, the bronze is a really unique selling point and will age gracefully once worn a bit more. The bezel is perfectly paired with a cognac-coloured calfskin strap, which adds to the vintage aesthetic.
Since grabbing this watch, has anything surprised you about it?
To be honest, I didn’t realise it had luminous material on the dial! So that was a pleasant surprise once I flicked off the lights. Well played Montblanc, well played.
Being a man of style, what outfits would you pair this with?
Everything and anything. For me this watch is a true all-rounder, equally as comfortable on the wrist when you’re wearing a suit as when you’re dressed down in a sweater.
What do you look for in a watch, when matching it with different outfits?
Simplicity, timelessness and versatility. The most important thing for me, as someone starting out in the watch game, is versatility; I’ve been on the hunt for something that can easily transition between a multitude of different styles and this watch fits the bill. In addition to its versatility I believe it is important to find a watch that won’t look dated after a few years. I think the 1858 Dual Time is just that, a modern classic.
Are there any other models in the Montblanc line that catch your eye?
I have had my eyes on the Heritage Spirit Perpetual calendar and the Orbis Terrarum, both are definitely up there.