Montblanc Heritage GMT: Singapore Price And ReviewWritten by Melissa Kong
Montblanc delivers an elegant travel companion.
GMT watches typically swing at extreme ends - either decidedly sporty and rugged to complement the intrepid adventurer; or dressy and complex, much like those world timers with busy dials that often take more than a single glance to tell the time.
Not the Montblanc Heritage GMT. Neither sporty nor fussy, this model is everything the dapper gent (or chic lady) needs in a travel companion. And best of all, you can tell both home and local time in a flash.
The easy legibility is largely thanks to an uncluttered dial in silvery white, with the 24-hour time zone and seconds chapter ring in blue. There’s a salmon dial version as well but we think the white/blue combo looks more elegant.
Hour markers are pared back with round indexes, save for four Arabic numerals at each of the cardinal points. The classic rhodium-coated Dauphine hands are accented with lume so you can tell the time in the dark, while the blued seconds and GMT hands are bent for greater time-telling precision. A vintage Montblanc logo, in line with the collection’s codes, is found under the 12 o’clock marker, while the Minerva manufacture is engraved on the caseback.
To ensure accuracy, reliability and top-notch quality, the self-winding watch is put through Montblanc’s punishing 500 Hours test. A power reserve of 42 hours means you have slightly under two days before you need to wind the watch again. Given its versatility, though, we don’t see any reason you can’t wear it daily.
The Heritage GMT is available in three versions—our preferred model of silver and blue with grey Sfumato alligator strap, the same dial with a steel Milanese bracelet, or a salmon domed dial with grey Sfumato alligator strap. Starting at S$4,240, it’s pretty good value, considering you get a solid movement, classy aesthetics and Minerva-hewn heritage. If there was one thing we’d add, it’d be a date window (polarising, we know) since that would be useful while travelling too. But as it is, there’s really nothing much to fault and a lot to love.
|40mm stainless steel|
|Domed silvery white or salmon|
Self-winding Calibre MB 24.05, certified by the Montblanc Laboratory Test 500
|Grey Sfumato alligator strap or steel Milanese bracelet|
|Hours, minutes, seconds, second-time zone|
S$4,240 (leather strap), S$4,560 (Milanese bracelet)
Like most people these days, Melissa tells the time with her phone. She considers serious timepieces works of art and thinks the perpetual calendar is the handiest complication to date (pun not intended). She's also a Grammar Nazi but promises not to judge if you can't tell the difference between "guilloche" and "guillotine".