Monochrome Monday: Hands-on with the Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet

This year Montblanc introduced the entirely new Heritage Chronométrie collection, which immediately sparked interest from collectors. The collection features classic looks, classic complications, and even classically sized watches. The Montblanc Heritage Chronométrie Quantième Complet is also part of this new collection, featuring a quantième complet – “complete calendar” in English – in a beautiful 40-mm timepiece that is only 9.7 mm thick. Classical dimensions, classical looks, a classical complication — and all that for a very competitive price.

There are several types of calendar watches, from the most simple calendar that displays the date, to day/date indications, to the so-called complete calendars, annual calendars all the way up to perpetual calendars. All calendars need adjusting; however, the first three (simple, day/date and complete) have to be adjusted most often: five times per year, in every month with less than 31 days. The annual calendar has to be adjusted in February every year, except in leap years, and perpetual calendars might need their first adjustment a hundred years from today. This makes the complete calendar actually a ‘simple calendar’ (because of the five adjustments per annum). It has, however, been a popular complication since the 1950s and could be found on many wristwatches from high-end brands, and often with the same layout of calendar displays.

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