Montblanc presents a watch collection that prompts us to reflect how we deal with life’s most valuable treasure: fleeting, ineffable, irretrievable time.
Time unalterably passes by the hour, the minute and the second, a fact that can be observed on the dial of a watch, where the second-hand sweeps its circles and leaves the past irretrievably behind. The long, slender, bright red second-hand on the Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem watches accordingly guides our gaze and reminds us, with each glance at these timepieces, that our lives occur here and now. What came before is past. What lies ahead is an uncertain future: we cannot predict what it will bring. That’s why Montblanc echoes Horace and proclaims: “Carpe diem!”
Carpe Diem – A watch as precious as time itself
Carpe diem confronts Montblanc’s watchmakers with a twofold obligation. As masters of fine mechanics, they continue the centuries-old tradition of measuring the physical dimension of time with maximal precision. But time at Montblanc is also inseparably linked to its philosophical aspect. How do we deal with time, how do we use it, how do we cope with the contradiction of the endlessness of the phenomenon of time on the one hand and the radically delimited finitude of our own time on the other Montblanc’s watchmakers devote their hearts and minds not only to watches as instruments for measuring and displaying time, but also to the contemplation of what watches measure and display: precious time itself.
Both aspects motivate Montblanc’s watchmakers to seize the day, to use time wisely, and to enjoy their lives by practicing a profession that is also their greatest passion. For the Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem, they have indeed made excellent use of their time and created precise timepieces that embody the best Swiss-made quality. And they have equipped each of these watches with a slender red second-hand whose ceaseless motion reminds us of time’s diverse aspects and priceless value.
Classically elegant bearer of calendarical information
A classically round wristwatch with a full calendar (i.e. date, day of the week, month and lunar phases) is a rare species. Either its calendar shows only the date or else the watch boasts a full-fledged perpetual calendar that is strongly reflected in the price. Montblanc closes the gap between both extremes with the Quantième Complet of the Star Special Edition Carpe Diem.
This latest model in the Montblanc Star Collection has a classically elegant dial that shows both the time of day or night and a full array of calendarical data. The date is indicated by a hand which culminates in a little red crescent that sweeps along a wreath of thirty-one digits around the dial’s periphery. In accord with the best tradition, the day of the week and the month appear in little windows arranged along a horizontal line at the “12”. The lower half of the dial is reserved for the moon-phase display, which also emulates the changing phases of this heavenly body during the day, when the real moon is either pale or entirely invisible. All this takes place on a dial that boasts all the attributes of timeless elegance. Its centre bears a fine guilloche décor.
A wreath of black Roman numerals indicates the hours. This circle is concentrically succeeded by the minute-ring with its segmented scale. As already mentioned, the extreme periphery hosts the date-ring, which is calibrated from 1 to 31. A set of blued steel hands orbit above this noble background: the hours and minutes are indicated by feuille-shaped hands; the date by a baton hand with its little red crescent. Completed by the red second-hand with its skeletonised distinctive Montblanc emblem as counterweight – that reminds us every second with 8 little movements: Carpe diem.
The Montblanc Star Special Edition Carpe Diem includes next to the Quantième Complet a Chronograph UTC with a 42mm diameter case and a three-hand mechanical timepiece with a 39mm case, that is available either with black alligator strap or with stainless steel wristband.