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The availability of multiple, easily scannable time zones on the wrist is useful to more than just travelers — it’s arguably the most practical information watches can offer to internationally connected wearers apart from the local time itself. The required density of information on a world time watch also often lends itself to a striking look, and newly revised Montblanc Star Legacy Orbis Terrarum puts all that together in a highly compelling package.
The map dial is a feature traditionally associated with world time watches — in this case, it corresponds to 24 city that the user can rotate via the 8 o’clock pusher. The time is then easily read in each city by the rotating 24-hour disc alongside it. All this is accomplished by a modified Sellita SW350-1 automatic GMT movement with in-house module and an independently adjustable hour hand, which is visible through a display case back.
Measuring 43mm, the Orbis Terrarum offers a bold wearing experience and enough dial space for the city names to be nice and legible. The new version introduces several updates over the previous version, with a subtle case redesign and a more sophisticated, three-dimensional dial execution. It also costs a bit more, at $6,800 in steel or $20,800 in rose gold.
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