A Look at the Montblanc Heritage GMT Salmon Dial
Friday - 25 March 2022
Remarkable value for money and a vintage-inspired design based on the traditional watchmaking of Montblanc’s Minerva heritage are just two desirable features of this Montblanc Heritage GMT watch with a stunning salmon pink dial
Let’s talk salmon watch dials. They’ve been a thing for a while but last year in particular we saw quite a few new releases. One luxury watch brand that does the salmon pink dial well is Montblanc. The manufacturer has been paying particular attention to its Minerva heritage recently, with many new models blossoming from its elegant Heritage watch collection.
Before we take a closer look at the Montblanc Heritage GMT Salmon dial model ref. MB119950, note that the manufacturer has cleverly taken the successful and crowd-pleasing design of the entry-level Heritage Automatic watch and outfitted it with a light blue 24-hour hand that can be independently adjusted to keep track of a second time zone whilst travelling on business or vacation. It boasts an elevated casual style that will appeal to beloved salmon dial collectors, thanks to its eye-catching rose-pink dial hue.
Let’s face it, a full-blown salmon pink dial would have been too much for this Montblanc Heritage watch, so the addition of the different tones and dial textures, not to mention the classic blue colour of the 24-hour track and co-ordinated GMT hand, are welcomed additions to this stylish design.
Drawing on mid-century Minerva wristwatches
There is no specific time period owed to this Montblanc Heritage GMT salmon watch. Instead, the manufacturer draws on its Minerva heritage to create a vintage-inspired wristwatch that doesn’t rely on faux dial patinas or darkened lume plots. Even though it carries a strong vintage flair, the watch is still fine-tuned for modern-day wear. An expansive domed sapphire crystal glass front, treated with anti-reflective material, appears larger than it is in reality, due to the shape of the bezel.
A multi-textured dial makes this Montblanc Heritage GMT watch pop with contrasting pink-coloured shades. The central portion of the dial is executed in a sunburst effect, which catches the light magnificently. The outer chapter ring is raised and adds a further sense of depth to the dial. Piercing blue shades are presented in the form of the 24-hour ring – the hour numerals of which are shown in two-hour increments. The remaining hour markers on this second time zone scale are represented by elegant dashes. Inside this 24-hour ring is a combined minute and second scale with detailed luminous plots appearing at each five-minute location in white. A striking blue-coated GMT hand coordinates with the 24-hour ring and has been topped with a rectangular-shaped motif to stand out from its central hour and minute hands and, of course, the much darker blue-coloured central second hand with an arrow-shaped counterweight. This central second hand also merges into a black tip gradually as it feeds out into the seconds track. The hour track itself is presented in a mix of legible Arabic numeral hour markers and dot indexes.
The Montblanc Heritage GMT Salmon dial watch measures a 40mm diameter and has been crafted from stainless steel with curved horns that lead to a stylish grey alligator leather strap. The band features tone-on-tone stitching and a matching stainless steel fastening engraved with the Montblanc logo. The grey sfumato alligator strap that Montblanc has paired with the watch is sourced from a Pelletteria in Florence owned by Richemont, Montblanc's parent company.
The back of the case is adorned with a beautifully detailed depiction of the Minerva Manufacturing facilities. Behind this stunning engraved caseback is the automatic, self-winding MB 24.05 Calibre. It offers central hours, minutes and seconds, together with a 24-hour GMT complication. It provides a 42-hour power reserve and performs at a rate of 28,800 vibrations per hour. Concealed behind the engraved closed caseback, the movement features a flat hairspring and comprises a total of 74 individual components.
One defining attribute of a Montblanc Heritage watch like this GMT model with a salmon pink dial is the watchmaker’s commitment to guaranteeing that each watch has undergone a thorough process of quality control. It does this by putting each timepiece through the standards of its Montblanc Laboratory Test 500 with an in-house certification. These tests take a total of 500 hours to complete, simulating real-life wearing conditions for each watch. Every Montblanc watch undergoes these tests once its movement has been fully cased. This puts Montblanc’s reliable timepieces at an advantage since many large companies only test their watches before the casing of the movement. By undergoing the in-house certified Montblanc Laboratory Test 500, the company ensures that no additional maintenance is required during its first few years of life on the wrist of its owner.
If you’d like more information on the Montblanc Heritage GMT Salmon watch, you can check out the spec details here online at Jura Watches or call and speak to a member of our sales team on 01335 453453
Technical Specifications of the Montblanc Heritage GMT Salmon watch
- Case; 40mm – stainless steel – crown at 3 o’clock with the Montblanc emblem – domed anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass front – specially engraved caseback featuring the old Minerva Manufacture workshops – 50-meter water-resistant – curved horns
- Dial – Salmon – multi-finished surface – sunburst central section – outer raised track around the periphery – 24-hour scale in blue – central hour and minute hands with a strip of luminescent material – Arabic numerals and dot indexes around the hour track – GMT arrow-tipped hand in blue
- Movement: Calibre MB 24.05 – automatic, self-winding – flat hairspring – 42-hour power reserve – 28,800 vph – central hours, minutes, seconds - 24-hour GMT complication
- Strap: Grey sfumato alligator strap – tone-on-tone stitching – stainless steel fastening – engraved with the Montblanc logo
- Reference: MB119950
- Price: £2,445