What do you get when you cross exceptional Swiss watchmaking with artisanal aesthetics? The answer is the new Star Roman Carpe Diem Special Editions by Montblanc, a collection of three exclusive designs that marry classic elegance with cutting-edge functionality.
A horological tribute to the famous maxim 'carpe diem', Montblanc reminds us that the precious finite nature of time is best cherished and lived out to the fullest extent. Boldly grasping this philosophy by the horns, each one of the Star Roman Carpe Diem timepieces are crafted to be lifelong confidants to accompany you through life's every adventurous undertaking.
Exhibiting the Montblanc DNA of classic sophistication, three-dimensional guilloché 'grain d'orge' patterns with striking red gold roman numerals and hands display across all three watch faces. Circled by polished stainless steel cases, the silvery white dials are ringed with a black railway minute track denoted by well-defined numbers. With self-winding complications constructed at the Montblanc manufacture in Le Locle, the Star Roman Carpe Diem Special Editions trio is outfitted to the highest standards of Swiss haute horlogerie to keep you on time and in time.
Montblanc Star Roman Quantième Complet 'Carpe Diem' Special Edition
Highlighting the calendar year in its movements, this particular Star Roman Carpe Diem model shows the days of the week, the date, months, hours, minutes and seconds, as well as the phases of the moon. Laid out side by side in two windows beneath the Montblanc insignia, the date is indicated via a central red gold-plated hand that ticks along the boundary of the dial to a scale of 31 days. A subdial at the six o'clock mark — detailed with a golden moon against a night sky enhanced by Montblanc's signature exploding star pattern — reveals the phases of the moon.
Powered by an automatic calibre MB 29.12 movement backed by a 42-hour power reserve, the Quantième Complet is a sized at 42mm and shielded with scratch-resistant, anti-reflective sapphire crystal glass. Flanked by black alligator leather straps, it oozes sleek masculinity to great effect.
Montblanc Star Roman Chronograph UTC Carpe Diem Special Edition
For those who appreciate the minutiae in the everyday, the Chronograph UTC will be your watch of choice. Marking each elapsed moment with two large subdials that record time on a 30-minute counter and a 12-hour counter at the twelve and six o'clock mark respectively, a counterweight central blue hand tipped by the Montblanc star indicates the seconds. A third subdial at nine o'clock tracks the running seconds, sitting opposite the date window, while the entirety of the dial-decorated watch face is ringed by a second time zone on a 24-hour scale that's easily discerned with a red arrowhead pointer.
Measuring in at the same 42mm-sized diametre, the Chronograph UTC boasts a slightly longer power reserve of 46 hours with a calibre MB 25.03 driving its movement. Similarly outfitted with black alligator straps, this fraternal twin cuts an equally impressive facade.
Montblanc Star Roman Small Second Carpe Diem Special Edition
The smallest sibling of the three that clocks in at 39mm with a face of silvery-white and a traditional dial, the Small Second packs the essence of Montblanc's heritage despite its petite form. Capturing the quintessential elements of haute horlogerie, the classic watch face sports elegant leaf-shaped hour and minute hands that tracks along red gold-plated numerals. A sleek appearance that emphasises the guilloche 'grain d'orge' centre, the eye is naturally drawn to the seconds subdial perched at six o'clock with its ever-ticking blue baton hand, appointed with the Montblanc emblem.
Though of a slighter profile, the Small Second is no less powerful with its MB 24.16 calibre — a precise automatic movement that regulates the hours, minutes and seconds, in addition to its date counter. Streamlined and refined, this is a gem of a contemporary classic.
The Star Roman Carpe Diem Special Editions are available in Montblanc boutiques.