Swiss watchmaking tradition meets cutting-edge technology in Montblanc timepieces. They have a wide range of products, including smartwatches and complicated tourbillon watches with chronograph functions.
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The Montblanc name is synonymous with high-quality writing instruments. The pens made by this Hamburg-based company are used by world leaders to sign treaties, laws, and other important documents. Since 1997, Montblanc has been making watches in their Le Locle, Switzerland, factory. For more than a century, Meisterstück has adhered to strict quality standards established by the pen collection. The name “Meisterstück” aptly describes their first mechanical timepieces. Automatic caliber ETA 2000 or 2892, automatic chronograph movement Valjoux 7750, or hand-winding caliber Peseux 7001 drive these watches.
Complications like tourbillons and chronographs are now part of Montblanc’s repertoire of in-house movements. With split-second hands and a tourbillon balance located outside of the watch’s rotating cage, the Montblanc Villeret 1858 ExoToubillon Rattrapante is a watch collector’s dream. Nothing else like it exists in the world of high watchmaking. Additional features include a day/night indicator and a second time zone. There are only 18 of these white gold timepieces in existence and each one is one of a kind.
The Montblanc TimeWriter II Chronographe Bi-Fréquence 1000 is another excellent watch. This chronograph has a resolution of one thousandth of a second. The MB M66.26, a two-balance wheel watch movement, is responsible for this incredible precision. Time display and stop mechanism are controlled by separate balances in Zenith Defy El Primero 21 watches. The latter oscillates at a rate of 50 Hz, or 360,000 half oscillations per hour (A/h), inside the Montblanc watch. The time display’s balance frequency is 2,5 Hz (18,000 A/h), which is comparatively slow.
The central stop-seconds hand races around the dial in a fraction of a second after you press the start button next to the lugs at 12 o’clock. To read the tenths of a second, you need a scale on the outside of the dial. A small window under 12 o’clock displays a few thousandths of a second. Originally, a watch from this limited edition of 36 was priced at 1.14m Saudi Riyals. Since then, this high-performance chronograph has remained on the market for around 981,000 SAR.
Montblanc Watch Prices in KSA
With the Villeret collection, Montblanc also offers more affordable options. Pre-owned battery-powered quartz watches can be purchased for around 2,100 Saudi Riyals.
Smartwatches from the Summit series with designs reminiscent of the classic pilot’s watches from 1858 can be purchased for about 3,200 SAR. The Summit’s Android Wear 2.0 operating system has thousands of apps that can be downloaded. In addition to an altimeter and a heart monitor, there are fitness trackers and a compass.
About 8,500 Riyals is the asking price for a Montblanc mechanical pilot’s watch with a retro look.
At the other end of the price spectrum, you’ll find watches with chronographs or tourbillons. The mint condition price of a red-gold Montblanc Nicolas Rieussec Monopusher Chronograph, honouring the chronograph’s creator, is around 72,500 SAR. As part of the Geneva Salon International de la Haute Horlogerie in 2008, Montblanc introduced this model of watch. MB R100 is an in-house caliber that was developed with the knowledge they gained from their 2007 acquisition of the Minerva manufacturer. Precision timekeeping is a speciality of the Villeret-based manufacturer.
The ExoTourbillon models that cost at least 106,000 SAR are an example. In addition to the tourbillon, watches that have a chronograph function can cost over 131,000 SAR. Costing around 52,500 SAR, the Montblanc Heritage Spirit Perpetual Calendar is crafted from 18-karat rose gold. In contrast, a stainless steel version can be purchased for about 34,000 Riyals.