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HIGHLY COMMENDED: Mechanical Watches of the Year, Montblanc Orbis Terrarum

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It would have been easy to overlook the Orbis Terrarum at Montblanc’s knockout SIHH presentation in January 2015.

There was so much of merit at every price point that a worldtimer with representation of the globe on the dial would have been easy to dismiss as positively humdrum.

But look a little closer and you’ll discover this is no ordinary worldtimer and the map of the globe is not some fixed graphic.

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The Orbis Terrarum features a sapphire crystal dial beneath which the 24-hour dial rotates, allowing the wearer to see at a glance where it is day and night anywhere on the planet.

The movement may be a Sellita but the module used was developed in-house and has been integrated into the movement rather than sitting on top.

If that were not impressive enough, all of this has been delivered at a sub £4,000 price. Montblanc CEO Jerome Lambert’s keen focus on delivering complicated luxury watches at unheard of prices continues to shake up the world of watches.

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