Introducing The Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum
In 2014, Montblanc came out with the Orbis Terrarum, a first rate and relatively moderate world-timer with in-house world-time module. Outfitted with a basic pusher on the case, it was not difficult to set while traveling, and it utilized a combination of stacked, turning dials to show its wearer, initially, whether it was day or night in a given time zone.
Looking back, one of the watch trends from the early part of the last decade was the democratization of complications that were once seen as out of the scope of numerous if not most collectors. Montblanc’s Orbis Terrarum stays, at least in my brain, an important part of that story. The company invigorated the OT in 2016, and today, we’re examining the latest rendition, new for 2020.
Looking at the dial of the new Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum, I’m helped somewhat to remember the first of 2014, which depicted the guide of the Northern Hemisphere, with the North Pole at its center, in shades of light and dull blue just as white. A progressive edition in 2016 switched things up and added a shading gradient to the guide, which should reflect the hotter temperatures one would encounter as they traveled toward the equator.
The new Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum we’re seeing today shows the continents of the Northern Hemisphere in rhodium and the seas in a blue flinqué-froissé guilloché pattern that takes after waves. You might have noticed that part of the sea is light and part of it is dull. Those shadings track with what can be seen isolating the 6 and 18 hours of the 24-scale. The dial is in fact made of two rotating plates: the upper one made of sapphire crystal and partially transparent, with a rhodium coating applied directly onto the sapphire to frame the continents and the meridians. The lower plate, which depicts the sea, rotates with its two shades of blue giving an intuitive indication of day or night in 24 time zones.
There’s likewise a 500-piece limited edition variant of the Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum that comes in a 18-karat rose-gold case. In this model, the flinqué-froissé guilloché pattern is delivered in light earthy colored and dim earthy colored, and the continents and lattice of meridians above it are presented as a gold coating on sapphire crystal.
There are some other genuinely subtle tweaks to the showcase, including the utilization lume-filled, leaf-formed hands, and a shift of the nearby city marker (presently through a red triangle at 12 o’clock) away from the 6 o’clock position. The 43mm case has stepped carries and a genuinely prominent onion crown, a gesture to aviation maybe and a decent touch for a travel watch. It suits the soft contours of the round case.
I think that Montblanc watchmaking is at its best in two pretty distinct regions. First, the watches that come from the Villeret manufacture (the erstwhile Minerva factory) truly are the absolute most noteworthy timepieces currently being made in Switzerland at any cost – in particular the chronographs. It’s difficult to think of watches that surpass them in quality. Then there are the somewhat more accessibly valued complications, for example, the watch we’re taking a gander at right now and a small bunch of schedule watches we’ve seen from Montblanc over the years.
There is a thoughtfulness to the new Orbis Terrarum’s plan that I appreciate, and I can perceive any reason why Montblanc has continued to iterate on it throughout the long term. I haven’t seen the raised metallic continents and meridians in the metal, but dependent on the pictures here, I think that they are likely going to look great. In this odd period of virtual deliveries, a couple of watches have made me moan and wish that I’d got an opportunity to meet them without precedent for individual. Indeed, even in a dim trade show booth, I think that the gold variant of this person would look pretty amazing.
Model: Orbis Terrarum
Reference Number: Stainless steel: 126108; rose gold, 126109
Case Material: Stainless steel or 18-karat rose gold for the limited version
Dial Color: Stainless steel: blue and white; rose gold: earthy colored and light brown
Indexes: Lume-filled markers
Water Resistance: 5 bar
Strap/Bracelet: Stainless steel: Blue Sfumato alligator leather strap; rose gold: earthy colored Sfumato alligator leather strap. Both from the Richemont Pelletteria, Florence.
Caliber: MB M29.20 (Sellita SW350-1 base) with Montblanc Manufacture world-time complication
Functions: Hours, minutes, world time, day & night indication
Power Reserve: Approximately 42 hours
Frequency: 28,800 vph
Evaluating & Availability
Price: Stainless steel: $6,800; rose gold: $20,800
Limited Edition: Rose gold rendition is limited to 500 pieces.
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