During my trip to Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie (SIHH) in Geneva, Switzerland, earlier this year as the official Montblanc Middle East Blogger, the amazing team strapped me up with the incredible Meisterstuck Heritage Perpetual Calendar.
The gorgeous 39mm is available in both rose gold and stainless steel and has taken the crown for the least expensive perpetual calendar currently available on the market ($13,000 & $21,000 respectively) thanks to the brand’s genius CEO. Since moving over from Jaeger LeCoultre, Jerome Lambert, the new CEO of Montblanc, has brought over a wealth of knowledge about timepieces. He isn’t someone who thinks he knows watches, he’s someone who actually lives and breathes watches. It is his love and dedication towards timepieces that has allowed Montblanc to become a key player in the timepiece industry in such a remarkable period.
A perpetual calendar, for those who are new to the whole world of watches (like myself), displays the day, date, month, year and leap year. It is the leap year display that allows us to call this timepiece a perpetual calendar, as opposed to a normal annual calendar timepiece. Three pushers on the side of the timepiece adjust each display of the perpetual calendar accordingly, while the Montblanc crafted crown, like any other watch, adjusts the minute and second hand.
At twelve o’clock we’re presented with the the month on the outer circle and the leap year within the inner circle. Three o’clock we have the date, while at nine o’clock we have the day. Finally, at six o’clock we have the beautiful moon phase display, which is my personal favourite.
Personally, the size of the watch is perfect. The face and thickness are ideal for casual wear, while the crocodile leather strap allows for comfortable wear. At its accessible price tag, the Montblanc Meisterstück Heritage Perpetual Calendar has become a strong candidate as a watch beginner’s first investment timepiece.