Montblanc Star Roman Carpe Diem Special Edition Series Leather Strap Watches UK

Montblanc has been a known name when it comes to high-end pens for quite a while longer than it has been for luxury watches, but the brand doesn’t shy away from using their storied design DNA to give newer watch models a bit of “heritage.” With their latest introduction, the Montblanc Star Roman collection, they aim to have a broad appeal with three offerings.
The Montblanc Star Roman Small Second “Carpe Diem” Special Edition Fake Watches presents the simplest option, with a small seconds dial and date window. The Montblanc Star Roman Quantième Complet “Carpe Diem” Special Edition watch has a date hand, moon phase indicator, and day/month windows. Finally, the Montblanc Star Roman Chronograph UTC “Carpe Diem” Special Edition has a date window, chronograph, and, obviously, a 24-hour indicator.

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As you might expect, the Montblanc Star Roman collection definitely has ties to the brand’s pens. Subtly, this appears on the case, which has the same set of three rings that you would find on their Meisterstück fountain pen. A little more obvious would be the resin insert in the onion crown, where that very identifiable Montblanc star makes its appearance. Across the collection, there are details that make it obvious the watches are related: along with the case and crown, the same silvery guilloche dial with red gold accents on the Roman numeral indices and the handset which are on all three watches. Unfortunately, no case back shots yet, but they all have exhibition case backs.
The Montblanc Star Roman Quantième Complet “Carpe Diem” Special Edition (ref. 113691), really wants to focus on helping you “seize the day,” as it were, by tracking every aspect of the time that passes by you. Given that Quantième Complet translates to “full calendar,” it’s no surprise to see the date (on the outer track, indicated by the red scalloped hand), day and month (up at the 12 o’clock position), and a moon phase indicator. All of this is tucked into a 42mm case (12mm thick) that houses a MB 29.12 automatic movement. It’s got a 42-hour power reserve and operates at 28,800vph. Oh, and like all the watches in this collection, water resistance is 30 meters.
The Montblanc Star Roman Chronograph UTC “Carpe Diem” Special Edition (ref. 113880), as you can infer from the name, brings a chronograph to the party, with the hour and minute registers coming in at 6 and 12 o’clock, respectively. You get the running seconds in the expected placement of 9 o’clock, with the date display at 3 o’clock balancing things out. The UTC portion of the name refers to my personal favorite in the world of complications, being the GMT. This takes the form of a red-tipped hand pointing at the outer edge of the dial, allowing you to track a second time zone easily enough. All of this is made possible by the MB 25.03 movement, tucked into the same 42mm case. This piece has a 46-hour power reserve that operates at 28,800vph.

Last, but certainly not least, we have my favorite of the three announced watches, the Montblanc Star Roman Small Second “Carpe Diem” Special Edition (ref. 113879). This is because, when it comes to dressier watches, I prefer simplicity, and the small running seconds keeps it from being a design that brings a yawn to my face. This is because, along with the small bit of kinetic activity, we actually have a shrunken version of the seconds hand – complete with the star logo balance that shows up on the other models. We also have a date display here, which gives the watch more utility than simply being a dress watch.

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Unfortunately, the brand decided to just chop into the Roman numerals at 3, rather than just omitting that index. The biggest departure from the other two models is the case that, while it is visually identical to the other two watches, has been shrunk to 39mm, which is perhaps a bit more fitting of a size for a dress watch. The case houses the MB 24.16 automatic movement, which gets a 38-hour power reserve Montblanc fake watches while operating at 28,800vph.

Replica Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 Series Limited Edition Waterproof Watches UK

At Baselworld 2016, I had a sneak peak at this new limited edition Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 replica watches that is based on a set of 2,500 timepieces Zenith made for the Italian military via a local distributor known as A. Cairelli in the 1960s. This particular style of military chronograph pilot watch was a design not unique to Zenith, and in recent years a similar model produced by Heuer – Leonidas from the same era has been on a lot of people’s minds. I’ll get to that in a moment.
While the vintage-reissue watch trend is thankfully slowing down a bit, that doesn’t mean there aren’t still a lot of good lessons from the past that can be used to create delights for watch collectors today. With this 1,000-piece limited edition, solid value, and good looks, I think the Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 is going to be quite popular.

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The Heuer watch I am referring to is known as the Heuer Bundeswehr 1550SG Flyback Chronograph, and I’ve seen them in various conditions around the world. There are a number of variations of this collection of watches out there, and their prices can vary from a few thousand to almost $10,000 depending on the condition and rarity. In addition to offering sober good looks, one of the reasons these military-style pilot watches are popular is their size. Unlike many vintage watches which wear quite small for today’s tastes, the original Cronometro Tipo CP-2 as well as the Heuer – Leonidas Bundeswehr had cases which are 43mm wide, with a nice-looking rotating timing bezel. That means this set of watches is among the few vintage sport watches that wear like modern watches.
The new limited edition Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 is also 43mm wide, 12.85mm thick and comes in a polished steel case with a legible, sober-looking vintage pilot watch dial complete with bi-compax 30-minute chronograph. The bezel insert looks to be aluminum, and over the dial is an AR-coated sapphire crystal. There aren’t too many watches that look like this sold today, but you can of course get some out there from brands such as Sinn, Dodane, etc. Zenith adds its customary level of refinement and some flair, making this one of my top choices out there. The dial design is also very elegant. I sort of see this as a “budget” Breguet Type XXI given the overall feeling on the wrist as well as the design of the numerals. Both the watches have a similar design theme heritage.

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At 43mm wide (water resistant to 100 meters Zenith fake watches UK), the Zenith Heritage Cronometro Tipo CP-2 isn’t very thick so it wears quite well, to be honest. Inside the watch is, of course, an automatic in-house-made Zenith El Primero caliber 4069 automatic column wheel chronograph movement which operates at 5Hz (36,000bph) with 50 hours of power reserve. Obsessive collectors will likewise thank Zenith for refraining from placing a date window on the dial – which is actually quite hard to find on a Zenith timepiece.
This watch is “for the boys,” in the sense that it isn’t flashy or showy, but rather mature and handsome in its masculinity. While there are a lot of options at this price point, I think enough people will see the value in a watch like this which comes from a luxury brand, but is a lot more subtle in its appeal. Some people might say that a watch like this is for people who both want to convey a conservative style, but still evoke a confidence and suggestion of an active lifestyle. As is the case with many modern limited edition Zenith replica watches, what can also happen is that this model is not gobbled up immediately, but only in the coming years becomes popular after more people discover it, and fewer of them are available on the market.