Replica Montblanc decided to debut this diamond-decorated version of the Replica Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Spirit Date Automatic in Hong Kong at Watches & Wonders 2015 given the event’s focus on the larger Asian watch market.While very exclusive ultra-lavish timepieces are always a major focal point of any Richemont trade show, it is the timepieces intended for the “luxury buying masses” that I found to be particularly interesting. In addition to regional tastes, what also defined the event was a strict focus on value for the money.
The sacrifice one needs to make with the Replica Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Spirit Date Automatic is in the movement. No, it isn’t a bad movement, but it just isn’t an interesting one either. Replica Montblanc uses a base Swiss ETA 2892 automatic (visible through the sapphire crystal caseback) that they refer to as their calibre MB 24.09. Operating at 4Hz (28,800 bph), the movement has a power reserve of two days.
Replica Montblanc has played with a number of dial styles over the years when it comes to their more formal fare. I’ve seen more traditional dials and some that are quite modern. I would say that the Replica Meisterstuck Heritage Spirit Date Automatic is somewhere in the middle with its obvious nods to both the past and present. Elements of the dial design look historic, some look clean and modern, and others look a bit Art Deco-insired. In any event, the dial is clean and legible with properly sized hands and attractive, yet not over-done decorative embellishments.
The Replica Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Spirit Date Automatic case is 39mm wide and rather slim at just 9mm thick . The relatively simple case is made more interesting with contrasting brushed and polished finishes – with the latter being on the lugs for good, “formal-wear” measure. In my opinion, the marketing images of the Replica Montblanc Meisterstuck Heritage Spirit Date Automatic ref. 112144, 113706 don’t really do this watch justice. They make the dial appear flat where, in reality, the applied hour markers offer a nice sense of depth, while the guilloche engraved-style dial texture and dauphine hands play with the light in a commendable manner.
Of course,Replica Montblanc offers the Replica Meisterstuck Heritage Spirit Date Automatic watch in 18k red gold without the diamonds (as well as in steel, or two-tone steel and gold on a bracelet), but my focus here will be on the “top tier” model with diamonds. Replica Montblanc has been really pushing hard with “high value” watches over the last few years, which has interestingly meant not only entry-level steel watches, but also gold and diamond-decorated models as well. I think it is a testament to the brand that they are trying to offer something at a more entry-level price across the board.
When it comes to a dress watch meant for elegant, formal attire, I don’t need anything beyond a decently slim automatic movement that is reliable. These aren’t the types of watches people wear on a daily basis (unless they wear a tuxedo on a daily basis), so I would gladly give up something unique inside the watch for something that is tested and dependable.