Why not a pocket watch? Hands-on with the UK Replica Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch 110 years Edition (live pics, specs & price)

Pocket watches used to be very popular. Well, in fact it seems certainly understandable, given they were the only available option to carry the time. Then, at the beginning of the 20th century, along came wristwatches, which through the first half of the 20th century, became the norm. Pocket watches turned into an obsolete object, more prone to adorned collectors’ displays and museums than to be worn. However, with the actual trend of vintage, couldn’t it be distinguished and fashionable to attach the chain of a pocket watch back on your finely tailored suit? That’s what we’re going to look at with the Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch 110 years Edition, a both modern, practical (display-wise), complicated, elegant and well-priced pocket / table watch.

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We’re all used to looking at the time on our wrists. A vast majority of collectors and watch-aficionado mainly – if not only – have wristwatches in their displays. We’re not even talking about mere humans. If they have only one timekeeping device, it will be, without a doubt, a wristwatch. If you go in a watch store, whether for affordable or extremely high-end timepieces, what you’ll see in the displays will be wristwatches and maybe, just maybe, one or two pocket watches. In vintage stores, the story is a bit different but still, pocket watches (with only a few exceptions) are not priced to the level of wristwatches, which shows a disinterest of collectors. However, in the last 10 years, vintage / heritage / antique are the major trend. Every single brand is looking at their past, re-introducing some of their most glorious models. Which leads to the question: wouldn’t it be quite cool to wear something different, something voluntarily outdated and offset, like a pocket watch? And if wearing a 100 years old timepiece on a daily basis is not such an easy task, a modern-built pocket watch with a contemporary look could well be the ultimate hype trend. This is the reason why, today, we’re giving our interest to the replica Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch 110 years Edition, with its world-time function and a look that is just the right mix between antique and modern.

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The Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch is mechanically based on the Orbis Terrarum wristwatch, a timepiece that we covered, tested, compared and explained several times here, and that we highly recommend. Basically, it gives the opportunity to enjoy the world-time complication in an affordable way. In our days of travelling and worldwide meetings, having the entire main 24 time-zones visible in a glance on a single dial is something extremely practical. However, such a complication is usually rather expensive – something we showed to you in a comparative review. With the Orbis Terrarum, this is no more the case but still, you’ll enjoy an automatic watch with an in-house developed and assembled world-time module.

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The 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch shares the same spirit, the same display and the same movement than that of the wrist version but in a totally different case. Yes, it’s a pocket watch and yes, it does look superb – and somehow totally out of the norm and thus, completely fashionable. It has to be appreciated in a different way: it wears differently, it uses differently, it somehow obliges you to a certain ritual, to pull out a large and heavy object out of your pocket, hold it in your hand and look at it to see the time. This ritual, which you’ll certainly do less often than just pulling up your sleeve (something that you certainly do a hundred times a day), is what makes a pocket watch both formal, elegant and “dandy”. There is something that you have to play with, mixing it with an entire attitude that, compared to old times, will be looked as strange, posh or sophisticated for some. Wearing a pocket watch is something you do knowingly and that has to be matched with the rest of your attitude and outfit. Once this barrier surpassed, the result is certainly pleasant.

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In details, what is the Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch 110 years Edition, besides being a pocket watch? Well, cheap replica Montblanc 53mm block of stainless steel. Of course a bit larger than a wristwatch, it remains reasonable for a pocket watch, making it easy to wear (don’t forget that today’s clothes tend to be more fitted than before, and thus your pockets are much smaller…). The case is entirely polished and weights a lot. What could be disturbing for a wristwatch is here an advantage, participating to the perceived quality. The watch is heavy and perfectly sits in your hand. The whole thing is attached to a nicely executed stainless steel chain, whose distinctive shape recalls the ropes used in seafaring. Also know that when at home or at your office, the Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch is equipped with a hinged piece, allowing the use it as a desk clock. The overall look is clean, elegant and certainly modern – of course combined to the outdated charm of a pocket watch. But still, this Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch is a contemporary watch and you can feel it.

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As the pocket watch shares the same movement as the Orbis Terrarium wristwatch, the display and dial of the luxury replica Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch shows some huge similarities. Timekeeping relies on 2 main hands, gold plated, on the central axis – for the hours and minutes. The attraction here is the world time complication, with the specificity of being based on several layers of sapphire crystal and rotating discs, all displaying their own indication. 3 areas can be seen:

A city ring, with 24 main cities (and 11 other time zones that are here as indications, but not functional). This ring, considering the extra-space offered by the 53mm diameter (compared to the 43mm wrist version) is far more legible.
A 24h ring, which displays the local time in the 24 cities around.
A map, showing the world from the North Pole and giving the day & night indication all around the world, via a series of translucent or tinted sapphire discs. This function is rare into words time watches – and usually reserved to high-end watches like seen here.

How to use this watch? On the first use, the home time zone’s corresponding city should be placed in front of the small red triangle at 6 o’clock by using the world-time corrector at 5. Everything, from the day & night disc, the sapphire crystal dial with continents and cities to the central hour hand, will turn together. Then the time is set via the crown. When traveling, the local time is adjusted by moving the local city to the triangle, once again via the world-time corrector.

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Altogether, let’s admit that this Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch is a sort of UFO – but a superb one. Of course, this won’t be a watch for the mere customer. Few people will accept to wear such a timepiece but the few that will do it will have to do it with style. In 2016, a pocket watch is something that you deliberately choose and assume. And the result on the wearer can be superb. The watch itself, just like its wrist sibling, is an excellent compromise between function, quality, practicality and reasonable price – 8,500 Euros. Only a few will have this pleasure, as limited to 110 pieces.

Specifications of the cheap replica Montblanc 4810 Orbis Terrarum Pocket Watch UK

Case: 53mm diameter – 16.8mm height – stainless steel – sapphire crystal on front – engraved caseback with hinge part to use it as a table clock – 50m water resistant
Movement: Calibre MB 29.20 (Sellita SW-300 base, in-house world-time module) – automatic – 42h power reserve – 28,800 vibrations/h – hours, minutes, world-time, day & night
Strap: stainless steel rope-like chain
Ref. 114928 – limited to 110 pieces – 8,500 Euros

SIHH 2016 – Replica Watches Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition UK

Limited Editon of 8 Pieces

To celebrate the Maison’s 110th anniversary, Montblanc has chosen to honour travel across the Atlantic Ocean and the ultimate precision of marine chronometers, both essential parts of this pioneering spirit, with two unique horological creations: a limited edition of eight Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watches 110 Years Edition and a one-of-a-kind Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch & Navigator 110 Years Edition.

Montblanc presents a limited edition of eight pocket watches that follow the pioneering spirit of the ships crossing the Atlantic and their precision marine chronometers, capturing the essence of travel, both past and present. The choice of eight pieces is in reference to the year the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, the former Minerva Manufacture, was founded back in 1858.
The replica Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition 8 pieces features some of horology’s most innovative complications, including a tourbillon with cylindrical hairspring, a triple time zone indication, and a worldtime with both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres.
The Tourbillon with Cylindrical Hairspring
For over a century, marine chronometers with cylindrical hairsprings have been highly regarded by navigators for their incredible precision and reliability, even in the most violent of storms. Although far more complicated to produce, their accuracy over long periods of time became an essential element of navigation and survival at sea, allowing mariners to determine their exact longitude at any given time.

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Today, cylindrical hairsprings continue to embody ultimate precision. Like a conventional balance spring, a cylindrical balance spring is a concentrically wound elastic metal wire. However, instead of being wound around itself, at increasing distances from a common centre and all on the same plane, its individual turns are of equal diameter and are wound above each other. This eliminates the slight eccentricity of the centre of gravity.

The challenge for Montblanc’s watchmakers in the fabrication of this balance spring was to miniaturise the cylindrical hairspring, which was obviously much larger and higher in traditional marine chronometers. However, thanks to the expertise of the UK best fake watches Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret, its specialists were not only able to fabricate a miniature cylindrical balance spring, but they found solutions to include two Phillips terminal curves as well. These upward curves at each end of the spring significantly improve the regularity of the balance spring’s breathing, thus further improving isochronism and resulting in utmost precision.
Few manufactures nowadays have the know-how and skill to fabricate their own balance wheels and hairsprings like Montblanc.

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The Triple Time Zone Indication

The hand-wound one-minute tourbillon calibre MB M68.40 — with its 281 components (91 components for the Cylindrical Tourbillon and 77 for the Worldtime complication) and 48-hour power reserve — features a number of unprecedented functions, including a triple time zone indication. Local time is represented by two 18K red gold hands in the centre and the home time is indicated by a Fleur-de-Lys hand that sweeps around a three- dimensional 12-hour compass rose at 12 o’clock. For the worldtime, a pair of three- dimensional globes depict the 24 time zones in the Northern and Southern Hemispheres, along with the passage of the days and nights. The 24-hour worldtime and day/night indicators make a full rotation in 24 hours around the fixed globes. The disc for the Northern Hemisphere turns clockwise, where its counterpart in the Southern Hemisphere turns anticlockwise. This configuration allows an instant view of the day and night on both sides of the world. With the aid of the meridians of longitude, the user can also read the current hour in any desired part of the world by following the 24-hour worldtime display on the two discs.

Operating the Pocket Watch

The indicators on the Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition 8 pieces can be set via the crown and the two inset correctors on the case’s flank at 2 and 10 o’clock. After pulling the crown outwards, the owner can set the local time and simultaneously adjust the worldtime display along the two globes’ 24-hour scales. The corresponding correctors on the case are used for the fine adjustment of the local time in the centre and the home time in the compass rose at 12 o’clock, which runs along with the local time. Once all indicators have been correctly synchronised, a new local time in a different time zone can be set simply by pressing the inset corrector at 2 o’clock. Operating this corrector advances only the hour hand in single-hour increments. It does not affect the minutes, which are shown from the dial’s centre, nor does it alter the home time at 12 o’clock or the two displays along the globes. When travelling, the user then only has to press on the inset corrector at 2 o’clock until the new local time zone is reached, without affecting the other indications. This simple correction enables the user to read the local time in the centre, the home time in the compass at 12 o’clock, and the time anywhere else in the world by simply glancing at the two 24-hour discs around the hemispheres.

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The Aesthetics of the Dial

The large sophisticated three-dimensional dial, constructed in different parts and on different levels, features a number of traditional artisanal decorations. Starting with the tourbillon at 6 o’clock, this intricate high complication draws the eye into the timepiece, thanks to its three-dimensional arcing, convex tourbillon bridges, which are slightly curved to match the contours of the globes. It takes more than two weeks just to hand- bevel and polish the top stainless steel bridge, an art that only a few watchmakers still carry out by hand in this artisanal way today.

A slice of aventurine provides a dramatic backdrop to the tourbillon, accentuating its presence even further. And the details do not stop there, as behind the tourbillon cage,
Montblanc has chosen to decorate the main plate with a traditional circular graining pattern, a rare know-how, which is still done by hand in the Montblanc Manufacture in Villeret using traditional methods.

The two hemispheres are also of particular interest, as they have been crafted using a combination of engraving and miniature painting that shows the continents in relief with their outlines, borders, longitude and latitude lines, seas and oceans. The names of the 24 cities in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres are indicated in a domed flange encircling the dial, along with a precise minute track embellished with red gold-plated applied indexes, lozenges and triangles. Other noteworthy features include a three- dimensional 12-hour compass rose, made out of four 18K red gold hand-bevelled parts that indicate the home time with a blued Fleur de Lys hand, and UK cheap fake Montblanc 18K red gold hour and minute hands that indicate the local time, all while flying above this spectacular scene.

Since the very beginnings of fine watchmaking, engraving has held an important role in horological aesthetics with hand-engravings on the movement, cases and even on the dials, as seen on the dial of the Montblanc Collection Villeret Tourbillon Cylindrique Pocket Watch 110 Years Edition 8 pieces. This decorative work requires a clear artistic and aesthetic approach, combined with exceptional dexterity and know-how.
With extraordinary virtuosity, the hand-engraver delicately carves a miniature sculpture out of the 18K white gold dial by incising the metal to create elegant and unique wave patterns that depict the rolling waves of the Atlantic Ocean, bringing depth and refinement to the dial.

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The Movement

The engraver’s art continues onto the back of the hand-wound movement calibre MB M68.40, which is on full view through a large case back. The same artisanal hand- engraving expertise is applied to the hand-crafted bridges that have also been decorated with this unique wave pattern. The waves adorning the lower part of the movement are relatively calm, but they get increasingly choppy towards the top of the calibre, paying homage to the pioneering spirit of the steam ships that crossed the dangerous Atlantic Ocean at the beginning of the 20th century. The hand-wound movement is further decorated with a horizontal satin-finished main plate, traditional bridges featuring the pomme shape, inner angles, exquisite bevelling, a seal with the hand-engraved calibre number decorated with black enamel, and a mirror-polished pawl with the hand-finished Minerva arrow–all pushing the limits of traditional horological aesthetics.

Case Finishings

The 60 mm polished white gold case is also a work of art with its pebble shape that is reminiscent of the refined watches of the early 19th century. A five-sided shackle matches the design of the attachment of the 18K white gold chain and each link of the chain features the “M” of Montblanc in an elegant design of aesthetic refinement. On the case, black Grand Feu enamel highlights the Roman numerals for maximum legibility, while another black Grand Feu enamel adorns the case back. The art of enamelling in watchmaking dates back to the 17th century and was historically used at the Minerva Manufacture for the dials of its stopwatches and chronographs. The use of enamel preserves this rare craft that requires the mastery of highly developed artistic talents and technical skills. Completing the case is a traditional fluted crown with a sale replica watches Montblanc online emblem in relief at 12 o’clock and the limited edition number hand-engraved just below the shackle on the case back, as a reference to this highly exclusive limited edition.