Editor’s note: A recent discussion in the office has brought up the rather interesting question: “What is the best watch for international travel?”
LOTS of different watches were bandied about as suggestions and, of course, names like the Rolex GMT-Master II 126710BLRO and Patek Philippe 5930G were hotly debated as some of the best.
And there’s no doubting that these aforementioned watches are absolutely brilliant at what they do, but — and it’s a big but — they’re also very expensive.
Which got me thinking about the Montblanc Orbis Terrarum, because it’s a handsome looking watch, with a very useful world time complication and a beautiful motif dial, and it retails for around $8000 AUD.
That’s quite a large amount of bang for buck when you consider that a comparable watch from Patek Philippe, for example, is going to set you back close to ten times what the Montblanc will.
Anyway, our man Felix Scholz was lucky enough to go hands-on with the Limited Edition Montblanc Orbis Terrarum UNICEF, and these are his thoughts:
When they’re done right, limited edition watches are great. They offer some exclusivity, membership to a special club, and that feeling of being part of something bigger than yourself. When they’re done badly, limited editions are merely a poorly thought-out logo whacked on a dial. Thankfully, this UNICEF limited edition is very much in the former camp. Montblanc has taken one of their coolest models, the Orbis Terrarum, made some super-subtle design tweaks and wrapped it all into a very worthy cause. Who wouldn’t like it?
Montblanc Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum LATIN UNICEF Australian pricing and availability
Heritage Spirit Orbis Terrarum LATIN UNICEF, limited to 500 pieces, $8400