Jens Henning Koch.

Jens Henning Koch.

To us Scandinavians, Hamburg-based Montblanc may be primarily known for fountain pens and leather goods. But their watches have been produced for years, since 1997 when they started manufacturing them in Le Locle in the Swiss Jura mountains. They have a solid competence that may still not be very recognized up here in the north. The present Montblanc collection has many models with complicated movements.

In Montblanc’s Star Collection, classic elegance meets Swiss watchmaking. The watch has the company’s own automatic caliber MB 29.13 and a face that shows the moon’s phases on both the north and the south hemispheres, along with the moon’s age in days.

Moon phase is one of the most popular complications and gives the entire watch a poetic radiance. Many people may not have realized that the moon’s phases look different depending from which side of the equator you look at it.

Star Twin Moonphase –  one moon – two hemispheres.

Star Twin Moonphase –
one moon – two hemispheres.

The watch’s face is decorated with an elegant guilloche pattern. The date display is right under the 1 o’clock and the red mark makes it easy to tell the date, while the black Arabian digits typical for this range have a delightful contrast against the silver face.

The steel case is 42 mm in diameter, is 12,7 mm thick and waterproof to 50 meters.