Montblanc Automatic, Quartz Watches Review: Sport, Star, Timewalker, Profile, Summit
Montblanc watches department offers a variety of men's and ladies' timepieces, quartz and automatic, suitable for a wide range of purposes: sports, travelling, fashion, and casual. All pieces reveal refined, thought-out, but not imposing aesthetic, and a breadth of conception that few luxury brands can wield. Montblanc's status as a high-end fountain pen maker that also manufactures jewelry and sunglasses puts it in an advantageous position in that respect.
In terms of design, the company takes an eclectic approach: most of the collections display influences of other high-end watchmakers – and most also incorporate several subtle features that render the watches uniquely Montblanc. Gold and diamond remain staple materials, followed by stainless steel, mother-of-pearl, leather, and more. Let's take a closer look at the collections:
Sport line strongly resemble the classic Blancpain Fifty Fathoms (especially the black variation), and includes quartz or automatic calibers, a chronograph complications, and several jewelry models (men and women). Water resistant up to 200 meters.
Nicolas Rieussec accommodates Montblanc complication ambitions: rare single pusher chronograph, and a second time zone. Platinum bridges at 5 and 7 o'clock echo visually the tourbillon, which, interestingly, has not yet found its way into brand's watch selection.
Profile line presents a rectangular case reminiscent of Ebel and even more so of Baume&Mercier Hampton; Several Rado layouts also come to mind when examining the chronograph variants. Jewelry pieces incorporate gold and diamonds on the dial, case, and bracelet.
Summit is a minimalist, modern casual watch featuring an interesting imbalance generated by a single twelve o'clock numeral. Skagen, Movado, and separate Alfex designs can serve as points of comparison – though Montblanc feel surprisingly at ease with the free space on the black and white dials.
Timewalker: another casual/traveler watch that resembles, of all brands, Swiss Army Victorinox, in particular the officer timepieces they have to offer. Large dials and numerals disclose the function-oriented facet of this timepiece's character; it's a “German,” direct architecture.
Star watches exhibit effortlessness and elegance that gradually unfold into a stable, reliable design that veers between the business&formal (men's) and fashion&dressy (ladies'). Powerful guilloche reminds of the gold plating of Meisterstuck and Limited Edition fountain pens.